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Geography at Nendrum College

 

Time allocation per week at KS3: 1hour 45mins

Geography develops pupils as individuals and as contributors to society, the economy and environment. Geography also helps us to view the world in which we live, both locally and globally. By studying issues which have relevance to pupils they can see the importance of geographical knowledge to their lives now and in the future.

 
Pupils are challenged to think about the type of world they would like to share in years to come and how best to achieve it. They will also have opportunities to explore how the skills developed through Geography might help them in the future.

 

Key Stage 3

 
Topics include –

Year 8:        Mapwork                                                            
                   Volcanoes and Earthquakes
                   Rocks
                   Weather
                   Settlement

Year 9:        China
                   Extreme Climates
                   Economic Activity
                   Future Energy Needs
                   Development
                   Rivers and Flooding
                  

Year 10:       O.S. Mapwork
                   Settlement and Shopping
                   Population
                   Fashion and Sport
                   Ecosystems
 
Fieldwork plays an integral part of the syllabus. Year 8 carry out a traffic survey in Comber and Year 10 investigate shopping patterns in the local area.
 
For those pupils who decide not to continue with further study of Geography, their experiences during Key Stage 3 should have provided them with the geographical knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to help them engage meaningfully with real and relevant issues in their world.

 

Key Stage 4


The Department follows the CCEA Revised GCSE syllabus. It is divided into three units.

 

Areas covered at KS4:

 

Unit 1: Understanding Our Natural World (studied in Year 11)

 

Theme A: River Environments

 

Theme B: Coastal Environments

 

Theme C: Our Changing Weather and Climate

 

Theme D: The Restless Earth

 
Unit 2: Living in Our World (studied in Year 12)

 

Theme A: Population and Migration

 

Theme B: Changing Urban Areas

 

Theme C: Contrasts in World Development

 

Theme D: Managing Our Environment

 

Unit 3: Fieldwork

This unit involves pupils collecting data through fieldwork in Year 11, analysing this in the classroom and then ultimately completing a written examination based on their findings at the end of Year 12. The fieldwork is based on changes to the River Shimna as it flows downstream.

 

Assessment

 
There are three external assessments-

Unit 1 worth 40% of the total mark (completed at the end of Year 11)

Unit 2 worth 40% of the total mark (completed at the end of Year 12)

Unit 3 worth 20% of the total mark (completed at the end of Year 12)

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