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Geography @ Whitcliffe

"The study of geography is more than just memorising places on a map. It is about understanding the complexity of our world." Barack Obama

The Geography Team (part of the Humanities Faculty)

  • Mr L Radcliffe (Deputy Director of Learning and Geography Subject Leader).  
  • Miss Gregory 
  • Mr Reed
  • Mr Horrobin

Geography is all about both the physical and human world around us and by its nature is constantly changing.  The Geography team work together to create and follow detailed schemes of work in order to provide up-to-date and interesting lessons that deliver the curriculum in an engaging way that is relevant to the lives of our students.

For revision materials please see the bottom of this page.

The Curriculum

Click here to see our 5 Year Curriculum Plan

Key Stage 3

Students in Years 7, 8 & 9 receive four 60 minute lessons per fortnight.  Students are taught in mixed ability groups throughout Key Stage 3 (KS3).  Progress is tracked and monitored by the department to provide additional support and intervention. Students complete a baseline assessment on entry  The topics studied at KS3 are the building blocks of those studied in KS4, with some GCSE topics being introduced in parts of year 9.

Click here to see our KS3 curriculum plan.

Click here to see our KS3 amended curriculum for 2020-2021

Key Stage 4

Students in Years 10 & 11 receive five 60 minute lessons a fortnight. The two year GCSE course is taken with the AQA examination board.  There are 3 exams:

  • Paper 1: Living with the physical environment
  • Paper 2: Challenges in the human environment
  • Paper 3: Geographical applications

The topics for Paper 1 are studied in Year 10 while the topics for Paper 2 are studied in Year 11.

The Physical Environment fieldwork trip is completed in Year 10 and the Human Environment fieldwork trip in Year 11; Paper 3 examines what the students learn on these trips, it is therefore essential that students attend them. They are an opportunity to experience Geography in the real world and can be fun!

For a brief overview of what is on each of the three exam papers, please click here.  

Students are taught in mixed ability groups and progress is tracked and monitored by the department to provide additional support and intervention. Students complete a range of both formal and informal assessments in class, as well as mock and real examinations.  Exam questions will contain 'command words' that indicate how they should be answered, e.g. 'describe' or 'explain'.  For a full list of command words and what they mean, click here.

Click here to see our KS4 curriculum plan.

Click here to see our KS4 amended curriculum for 2020-2021

Revision and catch-up sessions

Each Tuesday and Thursday students are welcome to come to room 108 to revise or catch-up work they have missed.  Teachers may also direct students to come for either 30 or 60 minutes to these sessions if they have classwork or homework to complete.

Revision and useful Links

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Year 11 Key Assessment Points (mocks)

Information for Students
Information for Parents/carers

Revision Knowledge Organisers

Paper 1

Paper 2

Natural Hazards Sustainable Urban Development
Climate Change Changing UK Economy
The Living World Development gap
Tropical Rainforests Nigeria NEE
Alaskan Tundra
Physical Landscapes Geography Fieldwork and Skills
Coasts
Rivers

 

Revision clocks

Paper 1

Paper 2

Tectonic Hazards Urban Issues and Challenges

Weather Hazards

Urban Issues and Challenges - Bristol
Climate Change Urban Regeneration and Sustainability 
Ecosystems Global Economic Development
Tropical Rainforests UK Economic Development
Cold Environments Resource Management
Coastal Landscapes in the UK
River Landscapes in the UK

 

Top Tips on being successful in GCSE Geography 

Top Tips - grade 7 - 9

Top Tips - Grade 4 - 6

Enrichment

A variety of field trips take place that are linked to the curriculum and are designed to enhance students' learning and appreciation of the geography around them.

Year 7 -  Local school site study

Year 8 - Weather and Climate 
Year 9 – Bolton Abbey and tourism
Year 10 – Holderness coast (Physical environment)
Year 11 – Halifax (Human environment)

The field trips in Years 10 and 11 are essential components of Paper 3 as this exam will directly refer to the work students complete on the day and in follow-up lessons.

GCSE students also have the opportunity to go to Italy on a residential field trip in April 2021.

 

"To help broaden and deepen your understanding of Geography, below are weekly news articles to read and learn about a different real-world topic. If you are studying Geography at GCSE this is a valuable opportunity to read around the subject and boost your learning, as well as the articles being interesting and informative in their own right. 

Happy reading,

Geography in the News
WC 25-01-21 - World Overshoot Day
WC 01-02-21 - Storm Christoph
WC 08-02-21 - Coastal Defences
WC 22-02-21 - Vanishing Glaciers
WC - 1-02-21 - Litter (PPE)
WC 8-03-21 - Declining Population
WC 22-03-21 - Biodiversity
WC 29-03-21 - Fagradalsfjall eruption
WC 19-03-21 - St Vincent volcano
WC 26-04-21 - Food Waste
WC 3-05-21 - Building on flood plains