Vision, Curriculum, Homework & Examinations
Kingswood Academy Geography Department aims to foster a spirit of enquiry and continual improvement, whilst broadening students' knowledge and understanding of the planet Earth and its peoples. We strive to provide outstanding learning experiences for all while challenging pupils' thinking and equipping them with a range of practical skills ready for the future. Geography can open up doors to a range of fascinating and exciting job opportunities due to the diverse range of topics and skills that are developed in the subject.
During KS3 Geography, students study a broad range of Geographical skills and key aspects of our Earth. We deliver lessons that will not only develop your use of map skills but will also build on your understanding of the different people and places around the world. Topics include: rivers, coasts, resources and weather. We also aim to help students' understanding of other countries and cities to help create more cultural awareness.
During KS4, we continue looking at and developing a broad understanding of the Earth from topics that were studied in KS3 such as distinctive landscapes, resources and climate change but in more depth. Throughout KS4 students gain a greater understanding of different countries and cities through case studies that they will have to study for exams. In addition to the in-class learning, students will carry out two compulsory field studies that they will be assessed on in their exams.
How do we assess students in Geography?
In KS3 students are formally assessed at the end of each unit, this information is used to inform their Learning Cycle grade. The test follows a similar format to the GCSE papers giving pupils the opportunity to become used to the format. Each PPE assessment with combine all the topics they have studied up to that point. In addition to every three weeks, student work is assessed and given the opportunity to respond to feedback.
KS4 students are tested throughout the units as they are split down into smaller topics e.g. within Distinctive Landscapes there are tests on rivers and coasts. There is also an end of topic test that covers the whole unit and follows the same structure as the final exam. All of this information is used to inform the Learning Cycle grades. As students complete more of the course they are tested on everything they have learnt so far within the PPE.
Paper 1: Our natural World-35 of total GCSE (70marks)- 1hour 15 minutes.
Students are assessed on; global hazards, changing climate, distinctive landscapes, ecosystems (13marks each) and Field work (18marks). The assessment covers a range of questions from 1-9 mark questions.
Paper 2: People and society- 35 of total GCSE (70marks)- 1hour 15 minutes.
Students are assessed on; urban futures, dynamic development, UK in 21st century, resource reliance (13marks each) and Field work (18marks). The assessment covers a range of questions from 1-9 mark questions.
Paper 3: Geographical exploration-30% of total GCSE (60marks)- 1 hour 30minutes.
This is a synoptic paper covering Geographical skills and decision making questions. Students will have time allocated for reading the resource booklet before answering a range of 1-9 mark questions. In addition, they will have 2x12 mark exam questions.
K and W pathway students will complete their homework for Geography fortnightly and D pathway will complete homework weekly. All homework is allocated on showmyhomework.
All KS4 Geography students will complete their homework weekly as allocated on showmyhomework.
Meet the Geography Team
Miss V SpeightDirector of Humanities
Mr J WhiteHead of Geography
Mr S UrryTeacher of Geography
Mr D YoungTeacher of Geography