Geography

Photos of our recent Geography Field Trip – Part 1

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Photos of our recent Geography Field Trip – Part 2

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At King’s our goal is to deliver Geography in a high quality and stimulating environment. The subject at King’s is superlative! The teaching is purposeful and enjoyable. We hope that Geography helps pupils make sense of the world. For our pupils we provide learning opportunities which allow them to tackle the big issues of the world – such as environmental responsibility, global interdependence, cultural understanding and tolerance, commerce, trade and industry.

We teach pupils the skills and the “vocabulary” necessary to answer these big issues. We teach them practical skills, such as map use, data analysis, problem solving and ICT use; alongside the skills they will need to develop to work successfully alone, or in a team. They also have opportunities to work in the real work – on fieldwork.

Recently we were awarded the Secondary Geography Quality Mark (SGQM) by the Geographical Association.
“The SGQM recognises excellence in teaching and learning in geography” (The GA, 2012)sgqm-logo

• Miss K Cook – Subject Team Leader T&L Lead / Associate SLT
• Mr T England – Teacher of Geography
• Miss J Senior – Teacher of Geography
• Mrs Y Hawthorne Lacy – Assistant Headteacher & Teacher of Geography
• Mr S Banks – Assistant Headteacher & Teacher of Geography

The geography curriculum has been designed to encourage students to develop awe and wonder about places. All our schemes of work have local, national and international links. Geographical enquiry forms a major part of our learning. Geography of Place, local fieldwork (Mission Explore York) and GIS activities (Introduced in Passport to Geography) are completed throughout our two year Key Stage 3. Furthermore teaching and learning is adapted to reflect topical events.

Units Covered are:

Year 7 – Passport to Geography, Fantastic Places, Into Africa and Sporty Geography

Year 8 – Brilliant Brazil, Risky World, The Geography of Conflict and A School Enquiry

Our pupils follow a three year GCSE course. We cover AQA Spec A. The website link for this course is: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/gcse/geography-a-9030.

The structure is shown below. It is assessed via the means of a Controlled Assessment (25%) completed in Year 10, usually based on investigating a local issue in Pontefract.

At the end of Year 11, there two written examination papers. Paper 1 is a Physical Geography Paper, while Paper 2 is a Human Geography Paper. Both are worth 37.5%.

Year 9 – Ice on the land, Population Change, Coastal Zone

Year 10
– Changing Urban Environments, Controlled Assessment, Restless Earth (Part 1)

Year 11 – Restless Earth (Part 2), Tourism, Revision

Both formative and summative assessment techniques are used within the department although the focus is very much on formative ‘assessment for learning’ strategies, with summative assessment used only to prepare students for external exams.

Key Stage 3

Marking and providing pupils with feedback

Assessment tasks

• Key pieces of work are identified in each year to provide clear guidance on achievement and how to improve. These tasks are completed on A4 paper and stored in student portfolios
• Students will peer and self assess these key pieces and then record their progress on flight path cards. They will identify targets and write them down on the reverse of the card. This is also stored in the student portfolios.
• A standardised mark sheet is used by all staff. This sheet informs pupils of progress and identifies targets for development
• Before an assessed task students are shown the mark sheet to ensure they are clear about expectations and assessment criteria

Classwork and homework tasks
• Exercise books are used to help students develop new skills, knowledge and understanding. Often exercise books will be used to draft answers and test new skills. Whilst staff will regularly check exercise books not all work will receive comments
• Where comments are appropriate staff will
o Identify what the student has done successfully
o Identify target(s) for improvement

• Peer and self assessment of classwork and homework will be used on a regular basis
• Positive oral contributions will be recorded in planners with stamps

Key Stage 4

Marking and providing pupils with feedback

Assessment tasks
• At the end of each unit of work students will be given an assessment based on recent past questions . The test will be marked using exam board mark schemes
• The assessments will be graded using the following grade boundaries
• Students use review sheets after the assessments to identify successes and targets

Classwork and homework tasks

• Exercise books are used to help students develop skills, knowledge and understanding. Often exercise books will be used to draft answers and test new skills. Whilst staff will regularly check exercise books not all work will receive comments.
• Staff will monitor student progress through the use of past questions
• Where comments are appropriate staff will
o Identify what the student has done successfully
o Identify target(s) for improvement

• Peer and self assessment of classwork and homework will be used on a regular basis.

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At The King’s School we pride ourselves on the quality and quantity of out of school field trip experiences. The Geography department runs a number of exciting fieldtrips and offer students opportunities to study Geography both in the local area and abroad.

Leysin, Switzerland—July.

Year 9 and 10 students are offered a chance to visit the glaciers of the Leysin Valley in Switzerland during the school’s activity week. During this trip, students will experience learning at the glacier’s snout, observing settlement patterns in a u-shaped valley, along with enjoyable excursions to a hot spa and white water rafting.

Flamborough Head—April

Year 10 students visit Flamborough Head and Bridlington in April to study the coastal erosion and defence features. This trip also includes (weather permitting) a boat trip around the headland to see a wave cut platform.

Borrowdale-September

Following this year’s successful fieldtrip, Year 11 students will be offered the opportunity to visit the Borrowdale region of the Lake District. During this weekend excursion, students will hike up to Blea Tarn and observe the stunning features of a glaciated valley. Students stay for two nights in the very accommodating Borrowdale Youth Hostel.

Local Area fieldtrips include:
• CBD data collection in Pontefract town centre (Year 11),
• Environmental Issues survey (Year 8),
• Water Infiltration exercise (Year 7).
• Mission Explore – York (E and A Days)

We aim to set meaningful home learning tasks which either consolidate or develop geographical learning. Pupils at Key Stage 3 can expect to have set a task of around 20 minutes in length once a week. At GCSE, the level of home learning will vary; from completing past paper questions, to researching information or completing projects and presentations. These tasks will be more frequent, often twice a week and will take longer to complete.

Home learning is an important part of the home-school dynamic, and our aim when setting home learning tasks is that they will compliment work done at school, and contribute to development of resilient and resourceful learners.

AQA Geography A GCSE
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