CONTACT

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.

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

Key Stage 3

Year 7 Course structure

AUTUMN TERM – FIRST HALF

Topic 1.

Planet Earth

Looking at earths story and place in the galaxy, as well as the development of life.

7 Weeks

 

AUTUMN TERM – SECOND HALF

Topic 2.

Maps to the stars

Map skills, grid references and scale.

6 Weeks

Topic 3.

Big Brother UK

The countries of the UK and their physical features.

1-2 Weeks

 

SPRING TERM – FIRST HALF

Topic 3. (continued)

Law and Order UK

Weather, population distribution and economy.

4 Weeks

Topic 4.

Ice age

Where in the world are glaciers and how do they form. Start looking at how glaciers shape the land.

3-4 Weeks

 

SPRING TERM – SECOND HALF

Topic 4 (Continued)

Glacier falls

Continue looking at glacial landscapes, processes and formations.

4 Weeks

Topic 5.

River runs through it

Fluvial processes, transportation, erosion, key river features. Waterfalls, Ox-bow lakes, meanders, levee’s.

3-4 Weeks

 

SUMMER TERM – FIRST HALF

Topic 5 (continued)

The River Wild

Impacts of flooding, case studies looking at hard and soft engineering strategies to reduce risk.

3 Weeks

Topic 6

Out of Africa

A look at the continent of Africa, the countries in it and climate.

4 Weeks

 

SUMMER TERM – SECOND HALF

 

I dream of Africa

A look at the biomes and animals of Africa.

2 Weeks

 

Town of Runners

A look at the ‘Horn of Africa’, Ethiopia and Somalia.

4 Weeks

 

Fieldwork Taster (day trip) this day may change due to weather and or other trips going on in school.

1 Week

 

Year 8 Course Structure

AUTUMN TERM – FIRST HALF

Topic 1

The use of GIS

What is GIS and how it is used in real life applications.

4 Weeks

Topic 2

Population Boom

Distribution of population in the word

3 Weeks

 

AUTUMN TERM – SECOND HALF

Topic 2 (continued)

Population Boom

Pressures of an increasing population.

3 Weeks

Topic 3

Urbanisation

Push and pull factors to towns and cities, slums and the difference between HIC’s and LIC’s.

4 Weeks

 

SPRING TERM – FIRST HALF

Topic 4

The Beach, Coast to coast

Coastal processes and landforms, case study and field trip to look at coastal defences and beach profiles.

7 Weeks

 

SPRING TERM – SECOND HALF

Topic 5

Weather and Climate, The day after tomorrow.

Why the UK has the weather it does, a look at extreme weather events.

7 Weeks

 

SUMMER TERM – FIRST HALF

Topic 6

Global warming, An Inconvenient truth.

A study in to the causes and effects of global and local, national and global impacts of global warming and climate change.

6 Weeks

 

SUMMER TERM – SECOND HALF

Topic 7

Asia, continent, Countries and culture

A study of Asia, the different countries within, the cultures, religions, populations, climate and economic development. As well as biomes and biodiversity of the region.

5 Weeks

Topic 8

Seven years in Tibet

The rise of China and in contrast Tibet. The rivers and dams that feed and power the countries. Comparisons and contrasts of culture, business and biodiversity.

2-3Weeks

 

Year 9 Course Structure

AUTUMN TERM – FIRST HALF

Topic 1

Rocks of Ages

Main rock types and processes of their creation and destruction. The rock cycle. Rocks, soil and the landscape around us in the UK.

7 Weeks

 

AUTUMN TERM – SECOND HALF

Topic 2

On deadly ground, living off Earth’s resources.

Earths natural resources, why are they under threat? The growing water threat and desertification. Renewable sources in the UK, power around the world.

7 Weeks

 

SPRING TERM – FIRST HALF

Topic 3

San Andreas.

The Earth’s crust and plate movement, Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tsunamis. From the Impossible to living in the danger zones.

7 Weeks

 

SPRING TERM – SECOND HALF

Topic 4

Slumdog Millionaire

Rich and poor countries, what is development and how can we measure and map development around the world. Newly emerging economies and bridging the development gap.

7 Weeks

 

SUMMER TERM – FIRST HALF

Topic 5

The Debt

UK’s economy and changing employment structure. Where did the factory jobs go? Employment in other countries, specifically looking at the clothing industry.

6 Weeks

 

SUMMER TERM – SECOND HALF

Topic 6

From Russia with love.

Introduction of Russia and a brief history. A look at the people, climate and biodiversity of the largest country on Earth.

7 Weeks

 

Able pupils can begin to start studying for externally accredited examinations, currently using AQA GCSE 9-1. Able Geographers can start externally accredited courses before Year 10, giving oportunity to dive in to more depth and case studies. Broadening knowledge and understanding.

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