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Simon Bishop (Headteacher)
Woodeaton Manor School,
Woodeaton,
Oxfordshire,
OX3 9TS

Tel: 01865 558722

Parents & Carers Meetings

On the 2nd Monday of every half term parents and carers are invited to attend a session covering a range of topics.
Meetings usually start at 7pm with refreshments provided.

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Geography

Geography is taught throughout Key Stages 3 and 4.  The Key Stage 3 Geography department aims to secure and build on pupils’ achievements at Key Stage 2 as well as beginning to lay the foundations and prepare pupils’ future learning in Geography further up our school. Pupils are encouraged to see the importance of Geography in everyday life and this is integral to our department’s teaching. Our overall aim is to provide pupils with the Geographical skills that they need for their future lives and work.

At Woodeaton we work to develop our pupil’s Geographical knowledge and understanding in order to gain confidence in and therefore enjoyment of the subject. The aim of the Key Stage 3 Geography programme is to ensure that all pupils begin to have an appreciation and enjoyment of Geography in an environment where they feel safe and successful.

Pupils have one hour of Geography lessons per week. Our emphasis is on motivating pupils so that they want to learn Geography by providing a learning environment where pupils are encouraged to take risks and be challenged with their learning through curriculum experiences that are stimulating, rewarding, exciting, relevant and fun. As well as field trips and other outdoor learning experiences, utilising the extensive grounds of the school and surrounding area.

The teaching of Geography follows the National Curriculum for (KS3) and the staff are open to the changes that will come into place in 2014 with the new curriculum.

Pupils have the opportunity of engaging in group work and independent learning is always encouraged.

Pupils are continually assessed by their teacher using:

  • Information from observing, listening to and talking with pupils in lessons, including class and group debates and also presentations
  • Written work in their exercise books
  • Written tests (end of units and end of term)
  • End of Year tests

 

Within the pupils time studying geography at both key stages three and four pupils are assessed regularly. Regular testing coupled with target setting and review is built into the Key Stage 3 scheme of work. Differentiation across the Key Stage ensures that all pupils are challenged and are able to enjoy success.

Pupils are made aware of their National Curriculum levels and what is expected of them to improve their work. They are also involved in setting their own targets for each unit of work. Pupils are encouraged to track their progress in the hope that they develop a keen interest in Geography.

 

Course structure and content

At Woodeaton, we have a two-year (Year 7 and 8) Geography curriculum. Pupils in Year 7 and 8 follow a scheme of work, which covers topics within the two main areas of geography, both physical and human.

Year 7 Course structure

AUTUMN TERM – FIRST HALF

Topic 1

Maps and Mapping

4 weeks

Topic 2

Settlement

3

 

AUTUMN TERM – SECOND HALF

Topic 3

Settlements

3 weeks

Topic 4

Shopping

4 weeks

 

SPRING TERM – FIRST HALF

Topic 5

Environmental issues – Tropical rainforests (Brazil)

5 weeks

 

SPRING TERM – SECOND HALF

Topic 6

Weather and Climate

6 weeks

 

SUMMER TERM – FIRST HALF

Topic 7

World Sport (From London to Rio)

6 weeks

 

SUMMER TERM – SECOND HALF

Topic 8

European holiday

7 week

 

Year 8 Course Structure

AUTUMN TERM – FIRST HALF

Topic 1

The European Union

5 weeks

Topic 2

Natural Hazards

2 weeks

 

AUTUMN TERM – SECOND HALF

Topic 2

Natural Hazards

3 weeks

Topic 3

Introduction to Coasts

4 weeks

 

SPRING TERM – FIRST HALF

Topic 4

Development (Trade and Aid)

5 weeks

 

SPRING TERM – SECOND HALF

Topic 5

Population and resource issues

6 weeks

 

SUMMER TERM – FIRST HALF

Topic 6

Rivers

6 weeks

 

SUMMER TERM – SECOND HALF

Topic 7

Comparing distant countries

7 week

 

Year 9 Course Structure

In Year 9, it is hoped that pupils are able to begin to start studying for externally accredited examinations, such as Entry Pathways and/or GCSE Foundation Geography. Able Geographers are able to start externally accredited courses before Year 10.

Entry Pathways Humanities (specifically geography)

This qualification is centre assessed and externally moderated. There is a choice of an  8 credit Award, a 13 credit Certificate at each Entry 2 and Entry 3 level, with the possibility of a Diploma at level 3 if 37 or more credits are achieved.

The Humanities pathway covers a scope of subjects and topics being taught by several teachers depending on subject. The three units that are covered within the Geography element of the award are Renewable energy (3 credits), Fragile environments (4 credits) and Volcanoes, Earthquakes and Tsunamis (4 credits).

Duration of course – 1 year/2 year (1 credit = 10 hours of teaching).

Expectations – what pupils need to do?

Pupils are expected to demonstrate achievement in the specified objectives. This can be done in a variety of different ways such as:

  • Photocopy from pupils’ books
  • Evidence of class work tasks
  • Evidence of homework tasks
  • Practical activities
  • Investigations
  • Presentations
  • Photographs
  • Witness statements
  • Card sort activities
  • Aural tests
  • Written tests

 

Key stage 4, GCSE Geography 

Course – AQA GCSE Geography 8035

Duration – 2 years.

This is a linear course and all assessment is external, at the end of year 11.

Students sit three exams; Living with the physical environment (35%), Challenges in the human environment (35%) and Geographical applications (30%)

The knowledge understanding and skills pupils need to develop are taught through a balance of Human and Physical themes and the links between them.

For more information on the GCSE syllabus we follow, go to www.aqa.org.uk

The table below shows the content of the course and when it is taught.

Year 10

 

Autumn term

The challenge of natural hazards

Tectonic hazards, weather hazards, climate change

Spring term

The living world

Ecosystems, Tropical rainforests, Hot deserts or Cold environments

Summer term

Physical Landscapes in the UK

UK relief and landscapes, Coastal landscapes, river landscapes or Glacial landscapes

COASTAL FIELDWORK

Year 11

Autumn term

The Urban World

Urbanisation, Urban change in UK, Urban sustainability

URBAN FIELDWORK

The changing economic world

The development gap

Spring term

The changing economic world

Nigeria case study, The changing UK economy

 

Summer term

Preparation for application of skills paper

Revision