Pupils develop knowledge about the world, the United Kingdom and their locality. They taught basic locational knowledge, place knowledge by looking at similarities and differences through studying the human and physical geography of Warrington in a contrasting village in India. In human and physical geography they learn about seasonal and daily weather patterns in the United Kingdom and the location of hot and cold areas of the world. Pupils learn to use basic geographical vocabulary to refer to key physical features, including: beach, cliff, coast, forest, hill, mountain, sea, ocean, river, soil, valley, vegetation, season and weather. Topics also look at human features, including: city, town, village, factory, farm and house. Pupils are introduced to world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and its countries, as well as the countries, continents and oceans studied at this key stage. They also learn to use simple compass directions (North, South, East and West). In the topics taught pupils work towards achieving their 50+ geography objectives during their time in the Cardell in preparation for moving into KS3.
All KS3 pupils at Woolston Brook have one double lesson of Geography per week. As stated by the National Curriculum we aim to ”… inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives …” The topics studied in Years 7, 8 and 9 are:
- Geography & Urbanisation
- United Kingdom
- Weather and climate
- Map skills
- Rivers, Rocks and Glaciation
- South America/Europe (similarities & differences)
- Environmental Regions
- Economic activity
- Kenya and Africa
- Map/atlas/globe/GIS skills.
- India & Asia
Topics develop pupils locational knowledge, place knowledge, human and physical and geography and their geographical skills. There are also opportunities for fieldwork within this scheme of work.
As pupils are assessed through the school objective based system, they are also measured against the Geography Department’s own ‘Steps for Progression’.
All pupils at Woolston Brook start their examination course in Year 10 and follow the WJEC Entry Pathways Course leading to an Entry Level Certificate if all Assessment Criteria within each unit are successfully met.
The programme is coursework based and all students receive 1 double lesson per week contact time. To pass the full course they must study 4 extensive units, each of which is worth 3 or 4 credits. Students need a total of 8+ credits for the Award, and 13+ credits for the full Certificate.
Topics covered to enable successful completion of this course are:
Tourism including: What is tourism? Benefits and Problems and Eco tourism and sustainable development.
Plate Tectonics including: Where do volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis happen? How do people, agencies and governments respond? Reducing the impact of tectonic disaster.
Resources and the environment including: What is the environment problem? Non-renewable & renewable resources and what is climate change and its effects?
Europe, Population and Migration including: Where do people in the UK come from? What are the effects of migration? What is the EU and the comparison between countries in the continent of Europe. International & Development & World Issues are also looked in the development gap between a European and African country.
Each unit takes approximately a full term to cover. In Spring Term Year 11 ‘Folios of Work’ are completed by students for each topic. Marks are sent to the WJEC prior to the summer term deadline date. The exam board then select individual candidates work in each unit for external moderation.
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