Subject Vision

Our main vision for Geography at Hodge Hill Girls School is to build on the knowledge and understanding students have of the world and to help them to understand the role they can play in shaping the future of the planet. Our curriculum will provide students with the opportunity to develop their awareness and understanding of the ways people interact with the physical geography of the planet. Students should be able to make links between ideas and understand that the actions of people can influence the opportunities and challenges future generations will face in years to come. We will develop a range of key skills in students that will help them both in their study of Geography and those wanted by employers. This includes the ability to communicate effectively, solve problems, make decisions, and interpret information. 

Curriculum Plan

Key Stage 3

Students will study the following units at Key Stage 3. The units of work studied at Key Stage 3 will prepare students for GCSE.

 

Curriculum hours per fortnight:

  • Year 7- 4 hours
  • Year 8- 4 hours
  • Year 9- 4 hours

 

Key: Curriculum mapping- build-up of content.

  • Year 10
  • Year 11
  • Year 10 and 11

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 7

Map Skills 1

 

Students will study their local area through the use of maps.

 

 

Year 10 and 11: Geographical Skills

 

 

Map Skills 2

 

Students will study the UK and the wider world through the use of maps.

 

Year 10 and 11: Geographical Skills

 

My Environment

 

Students will study how humans can affect their own environment.

 

Year 11 – Unit 8: Resource Reliance

Extreme Planet

 

 Students will study the causes, effects, and responses to a range of tectonic hazards.

 

Year 10 – Unit 1: Global Hazards

Population

 

Students will examine why the population of the world has increased and the problems that this can cause.

 

Year 11 – Unit 5: Urban Futures

Investigating Africa

 

 Students will study the physical and human geography of Africa and explore any misconceptions that they may have of this vast continent.

 

Year 11 – Unit 6 Dynamic Development

 

Year 8

Coasts

 

Students will examine how waves shape the coast and how this can impact on people through the study of the Dorset coast.

 

Year 10 – Unit 3 Distinctive Landscapes

 

Shopping – Past, Present and Future

 

 Students will study how shopping has changed over time.

 

Year 11 – Unit 5: Urban Futures

Weather and Climate

 

 Students will study the difference between weather and climate and how they can impact on people. Students will compare extreme weather events in the UK and USA.

 

Year 10 – Unit 1: Global Hazards

Ecosystems

 

Students will be introduced to the wide range of different ecosystems in the world before studying two of these in more depth – Tropical Rainforests and Polar Environments.

 

Year 10 – Unit 4: Sustaining Ecosystems

Mapping Crime

 

 Students will examine the causes and effects of crime and the importance of GIS in mapping the location of crime.

 

Year 10 and 11: Geographical Skills

Exploring Asia

 

 Students will investigate the physical and human geography of China and India to compare how different they are.

 

Year 11 - Unit 6: Dynamic Development

Year 9

Tourism

 

Students will explore what tourism is and the benefits and problems of this for LIDCs.

 

Year 11 – Unit 6: Dynamic Development

Global Fashion Industry

 

Students will consider the impacts of the global fashion industry on people and the environment.

 

Year 11 – Unit 6: Dynamic Development

 

Exploring Russia

 

 Students will study the physical and human geography of Russia and investigate why it is a globally important country.

 

Year 10 – Unit 1 Global Hazards (Climate Zones)

Development

 

Students will investigate why some countries are rich and others are poor.

 

Year 11 – Unit 6: Dynamic Development

Investigating Hazards

 

Students will study in greater depth the causes, effects, and responses to a range of tectonic hazards.

 

Year 10 – Unit 1 Global Hazards

Climate Change

 

Students will explore the evidence, causes and responses to the largest threat to our planet – climate change.

 

Year 10 – Unit 2 Changing Climate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Key Stage 4

At Hodge Hill Girls School we follow the OCR B (9-1): Geography for Enquiring Minds Specification.

 

The course is divided into three components:

 

1. Our Natural World

2. People and Society

3. Geographical Exploration

 

The Geography GCSE is linear with an examination at the end of the two-year course.

 

Students will be required to sit three exam papers.

 

Curriculum hours per fortnight:

  • Year 10- 5 hours
  • Year 11- 5 hours

Year 10

Year 11

Paper 1: Our Natural World

This is worth 35% of the qualification.

The exam is 1 hour 15 minutes.

Paper 2: People and Society

This is worth 35% of the qualification.

The exam is 1 hour 15 minutes.

Paper 1 is divided into two sections (A and B)

 

Section A covers FOUR compulsory topics:

  1. Global Hazards
  2. Changing Climate
  3. Distinctive Landscapers
  4. Sustaining Ecosystems

 

Section B covers Physical Geography Fieldwork:

Students will be required to answer questions on both their own fieldwork (local river study) and unseen fieldwork.

Paper 2 is divided into two sections (A and B)

 

Section A covers FOUR compulsory topics:

5. Urban Futures

6. Dynamic Development

7. UK in the 21st Century

8. Resource Reliance

 

Section B covers Human Geography Fieldwork.

Students will be required to answer questions on both their own fieldwork (local urban study) and unseen fieldwork.

Paper 3: Geographical Exploration

This is worth 30% of the qualification.

The exam is 1 hour 15 minutes.

Students are not required to learn new content for Paper 3, it is all about applying what they already know.

 

In the exam students will get a resource booklet with lots of information about a specific country that they will need to answer questions on. The questions will require students to combine ideas from different topics.

 

There will also be a decision-making exercise where students will have to use the sources provided to reach a conclusion about a particular issue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Skills development across both Key Stages

Geography can help develop a wide range of skills:

 

1 Cartographic skills

2 Graphical skills

3 Numerical skills

4 Statistical skills

5 Use of qualitative and quantitative data

6 Ability to formulate an enquiry and argument

7 Literacy

 

Assessment

We will assess students at Key Stage 3 and 4 as follows.

 

From these assessments we will be able to identify students’ strengths and areas for improvement and plan one-to-one support and intervention as required.

 

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 4

Formative assessment:

 

Homework will be regularly set and marked.

 

Each half term students will produce an extended piece of written work which will be graded.

 

Students will self and peer assess their work in lesson.   

 

Summative assessment:

 

Each half-term students will complete a 40-mark assessment.

Formative assessment:

 

Homework will be regularly set and marked.

 

Each half term students will complete an extended past paper exam question which will be graded.

 

Students will self and peer assess their work in lesson.

 

 

Summative assessment:

 

Students will complete an end of unit assessment for each topic.

 

In Year 11 students will complete mock exams in November and February.

 

 

What next

The study of Geography can support the progression into a wide range of careers. For example:
-    Cartographer    - Surveyor    - Environmental Consultant     - Geography Teacher

-    Town Planner    - Architect    - Social Worker        - Weather Forecaster

-    Accountant    - Lawyer        - Market Researcher    - Travel Agent

-    Crime Statistical Analysis        - Pilot        - Armed Forces        - Civil Servant

The skills developed in Geography are highly sought after in higher education and by employers.
 

(Reviewed: December 2020)
COVID: DUE TO THE SCHOOL CLOSURES BETWEEN MARCH 2020 – JULY 2020 AND ONGOING GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE, THERE HAVE BEEN SOME SMALL, TEMPORARY ADAPTIONS TO THE SCHOOL CURRICULUM. WE WILL ENDEAVOUR TO RETURN TO A NORMAL CURRICULUM AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.  WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE AND SUPPORT DURING THIS TIME.