CONTACT

Anne Pearce (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 

Teachers: Mr Guest / Mrs Castle
Course: AQA, GCSE Geography 9-1, 8035 Specification A
Duration: 2 Years – Linear

First teaching from September 2016

Final Assessment Fieldwork investigation (controlled assessment) 25 %
   Physical Geography Written paper Exam 37.5 %
  Human Geography Written paper Exam 37.5 %

 

Year one

AUTUMN TERM – FIRST HALF

Topic 1

Water on the Land

7 weeks

 

AUTUMN TERM – SECOND HALF

Topic 2

Tourism

7 weeks

 

SPRING TERM – FIRST HALF

Topic 3

Restless Earth

5 weeks

 

SPRING TERM – SECOND HALF

Topic 4

Restless Earth

6 weeks

 

SUMMER TERM – FIRST HALF

Topic 5

Population

6 weeks

 

SUMMER TERM – SECOND HALF

Topic 6

Coasts

7 week

 

Year two

AUTUMN TERM – FIRST HALF

Topic 1

Changing Urban Environments

7 weeks

 

AUTUMN TERM – SECOND HALF

Topic 2

Controlled Assessment

7 weeks

 

SPRING TERM – FIRST HALF

Topic 3

Development Gap

5 weeks

 

SPRING TERM – SECOND HALF

Topic 4

Living world

6 weeks

 

SUMMER TERM – FIRST HALF

Topic 5

Exam skills and revision

6 weeks

 

SUMMER TERM – SECOND HALF

Topic 6

 

7 week