Geography

Staff

Mr H Breese – Head of Department

Mrs M Downton – Teacher of Geography

Mrs K Evans – Teacher of Geography

Department Aims

We are committed to providing our students lessons which inspire them to understand the amazing world we live in. We want students to develop a range of transferable skills that will help them achieve success in the future. The Geography department at The John Frost School provides a variety of opportunities from Year 7 to 11 to both develop an understanding of our dynamic planet and also to inspire our young people as future citizens, academics, decision makers and travellers. This is more important in today’s world than it has ever been.

 

Key Stage Three

We thrive on how our young Geographers bring their ideas from Primary School and how excited they are to share and discuss, and to build upon basic concepts. We are also amazed by their ability to research and discover, as they use new resources. In order to foster this enthusiasm throughout Key Stage 3 and beyond we teach a variety of topics in order to develop students’ understanding of the world they live in. Students will engage in a variety of topics that cover both human and physical aspects of the curriculum, whilst incorporating many skills that are linked to the subject, such as: numeracy, literacy and digital competency.  There will be opportunity to embed knowledge taught in the classroom with fieldwork activities undertaken across all year groups.

Year 7 Link to GCSE Specification Learning Hours Term
Theme: Discovery – United Kingdom & Wales Unit 1 – Core Theme 2 (Rural-Urban links) 9 Autumn 1
Theme: Discovery – Rise of China and Africa Unit 2 – Option Theme 7 (Social Development Issues) 9 Autumn 2
Theme: Transformation – Volcano and Earthquakes Unit 1 Option Theme 3 (Tectonic Hazards) 9 Spring 1
Theme: Transformation – Tsunami / Tornado / Hurricane 9 Spring 2
Theme: Exploration – Weather and Climate Unit 2 Core Theme 5 and Theme 8 (Weather and Climate – Environmental Challenges) 9 Summer 1
Theme: Exploration – Skills project – Environmental Challenges 9 Summer 2
Year 8 Link to GCSE Specification Learning Hours Term
Theme: Commitment – Tropical Rainforest and Ecosystems Unit 2 Core Theme 5 (Ecosystems) 9 Autumn 1
Theme: Commitment – Development Dilemmas

 

Unit 2 Core Theme 6 (Development) 9 Autumn 2
Theme: Voyage – Globalisation Unit 2 Core Theme 7 (Social Development Issues) 9 Spring 1
Theme: Voyage – River Processes

 

Unit 1 Core Theme 1 (Physical Processes) 9 Spring 2
Theme: Freedom – Population and Migration Unit 1 – Core Theme 2 (Rural-Urban links – Population) 9 Summer 1
Theme: Freedom – Development (Children’s Rights)

 

Unit 2 Core Theme 7 (Social Development Issues) 9 Summer 2
Year 9 Link to GCSE Specification Learning Hours Term
Theme: Global Warming & Climate Change

 

Unit 1 Core Theme 1 (Physical Processes) 9 Autumn 1
Theme: Coasts

 

Unit 1 Core Theme 1 (Physical Processes) 9 Autumn 2
Theme: Crime

 

Unit 1 – Core Theme 2 (Rural-Urban links – Population) 9 Spring 1
Theme: Rise of India

 

Unit 2 Core Theme 7 (Social Development Issues) 9 Spring 2
Theme: Environmental Impacts – Local/Global

 

Unit 2 Core Theme 5 (Ecosystems) 9 Summer 1
Theme: GCSE enquiry

 

9 Summer 2

 

Key Stage Four

At Key Stage 4, students who choose to take Geography as an option will be following the WJEC Geography course. WJEC Geography develops and extends students’ knowledge of locations, places, environments and processes, at a range of different scales. GCSE study is an enquiry approach to the study of geographical information, issues and concepts. Throughout the course we study a variety of engaging geographical concepts that will allow the students to immerse themselves within the complex science of the world in which we inhabit. There will be opportunity to undertake fieldwork studies that are an important part of the WJEC specifications.  Students will be given the opportunity to visit sites of important geographical interests across the continent.

WJEC GCSE Geography Specification

Unit 1: Changing Physical and Human Landscapes Learning Hours Term Scheme of Work Assessment
Core Theme: Landscapes and Physical Processes

 

20 Autumn 1/2 – Year 10 – 5hrs WJEC Specimen Paper – Every Month (Sept/Oct/Nov/Dec)
Core Theme: Rural-Urban Links

 

20 Spring 1/2  – Year 10 – 5hrs WJEC Specimen Paper – Every Month (Jan/Feb/Mar)

 

Unit 1: Changing Physical and Human Landscapes Learning Hours Term Scheme of Work Assessment
Option Theme: Coastal Hazards and their Management

 

12 Summer 1 – Year 10 – 5hrs Mock Exam – Hall – Full WJEC Paper 1

 

Unit 2: Environment and Development Issues Learning Hours Term Scheme of Work Assessment
Core Theme: Weather, Climate and Ecosystems

 

20 Summer 2/Autumn 1 – Year 10/11 -5hrs WJEC Specimen Paper – Every Month (Jun/Jul/Sept/Oct)
Core Theme: Development and Resource Issues

 

20 Autumn 2/Spring 1 – Year 11 – 5hrs WJEC Specimen Paper – Every Month (Nov/Dec/Jan/Feb)

 

Unit 2: Environment and Development Issues Learning Hours Term Scheme of Work Assessment
Option Theme: Social Development Issues

 

12 Spring 2 – Year 11 – 5hrs

Key Stage Five

At A level we also follow the WJEC syllabus. It is a four unit course taught over two years. The specification encourages students to understand a global world, its complex challenges such as climate change , shifts in economic power, poverty and deprivation and sustainability

WJEC AS/A Level Specification

“ Geography helps me understand what’s going on in the world and the processes that have shaped the world that we live in. We learn about inequality and how our actions affect our planet “ Tom Lynbeck

GALLERY

Just some of the great images of students from The John Frost School.