The Geography Department at Harton Technology College consists of a suite of 4 teaching rooms and eight staff. We teach Geography at KS3, KS4, KS5 and BTEC Travel and Tourism.
The department is a close knit community and the staff aim to offer a united approach. We deliver a broad curriculum using a variety of teaching strategies and consider ourselves to be at the cutting edge of technology. All rooms have PCs, Internet connectivity, PowerPoint, projectors and DVD players.
Key Stage 3
Key Stage 3 Geography is divided into a progressive programme of study comprising 9 modules of work. During these 3 years, students investigate a wide range of people, places and environments at different scales. They learn about geographical patterns and processes and how political, economic, social and environmental factors effect contemporary geographical issues. This develops a knowledge of places and environments throughout the world, an understanding of maps, and a range of investigative and problem solving techniques. The KS3 programme of study has been designed to engage, instruct and develop students with the necessary skills and knowledge for GCSE and beyond.
|Year 7||Year 8||Year 9|
|Understanding Geography and the UK||River Systems||Coastal Environments|
|Weather and Climate||Development and the Global Economy||Tectonics and Seismic Hazards|
|Population and World Cities||Ecosystems||GCSE Edexcel B – Development Dynamics|
In Year 7 the students complete three modules of work. The first module is an induction module covering essential geographical skills through the ‘ Understanding Geography and the UK module . The second module focusses on Weather and Climate whilst the final module covers the increasingly important topic of Population and Urbanisation. The students work is assessed via a set of three cumulative assessments spread over the year which are level assessed. This is interspersed with short topic tests.
In Year 8 the students also complete three modules of work. The first module of work is focussed on Rivers covering areas such as the physical and human geography of river systems. The second module is concerned with ‘Development and the Global Economy’ which is becoming a vital topic to understand in this progressive globalised world. The third and final topic covers Ecosystems and the importance of dynamic environments. The students work is assessed via a set of three cumulative assessments spread over the year which are level assessed. This is interspersed with short topic tests.
In Year 9 the students also complete three modules of work. The first module is focussed on Coastal Environments. The second module is concerned ‘Tectonics and Seismic Hazards’. The final topic is Development Dynamics which prepares students for studying Edexcel B GCSE Geography. The students work is assessed via a set of three cumulative assessments spread over the year which are level assessed. This is interspersed with short topic tests.
Key Stage 4
Students at Key Stage 4 follow the Edexcel B Geography syllabus
This GCSE course deepens understanding of geographical processes, illuminates the impact of change and of complex people-environment interactions, highlights the dynamic links and interrelationships between places and environments at different scales, and develop students’ competence in using a wide range of geographical investigative skills and approaches. Geography enables young people to become globally and environmentally informed and thoughtful, enquiring citizens.
The aims and objectives of this qualification are to enable students to build on their Key Stage 3 knowledge and skills to:
- develop and extend their knowledge of locations, places, environments and processes, and of different scales, including global; and of social, political and cultural contexts (know geographical material)
- gain understanding of the interactions between people and environments, change in places and processes over space and time, and the interrelationship between geographical phenomena at different scales and in different contexts (think like a geographer)
- develop and extend their competence in a range of skills, including those used in fieldwork, in using maps and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and in researching secondary evidence, including digital sources; and develop their competence in applying sound enquiry and investigative approaches to questions and hypotheses (study like a geographer)
- apply geographical knowledge, understanding, skills and approaches appropriately and creatively to real-world contexts, including fieldwork, and to contemporary situations and issues; and develop well-evidenced arguments, drawing on their geographical knowledge and understanding (applying geography).
In Year 10 the students cover the following topics Development Dynamics, Hazardous Earth and Challenges of an Urbanising World. These topics make up the content for their Paper 1 exam – Global Geographical Issues
In Year 11 the students cover UK Geographical Issues and People and the Environment Issues. These topics make up the content for their Paper 2 and Paper 3 exams. Within paper 2, students conduct a physical Geography fieldwork to study river change and a human study which focuses on variations in the quality of life across South Shields.
The course is assessed via 3 externally marked papers:
Based on a study of “Global Geographical Issues this comprises 37.5% of the total mark.
Based on a study of “UK Geographical Issues”, this comprises 37.5% of the total mark.
Based on a “People and the Environment Issues, this comprises 25% of the total mark.
Parents can access more detailed information via the Examination Board website at: https://qualifications.pearson.com
Last updated: 16-05-18