The aims of the Geography Department at Yewlands are to stimulate a sense of awe and wonder about places, to help students make sense of the rapidly changing world and their place in it, as well as inspiring students to become local participators and global citizens.
The department will support pupils in their ambition to achieve these aims through a broad and exciting Geographical curriculum.
Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3, Geography at Yewlands covers a number of different topics to explore links between the physical and human world in which we live. The Geography staff work hard to ensure lessons are engaging and relevant to the students. They aim to promote curios and inspired minds.
There is a strong focus on three key areas: Geographical knowledge, Geographical Skills and written communication. By the end of Key Stage 3, students will have an understanding of key Geographical concepts that will help support their transition to GCSE. Pupils will also be confident to explain their ideas through extended writing and verbal communication.
At Key Stage 3, topics include:
- The Geography of the UK
- Fascinating Places - including Tanzania, Vietnam and Alpine France
- Natural Hazards
- Climate Change
- Weather and Climate
- Prisoners of Geography
- Tourism and Coastal Environments
- Issues in the Middle East
Key Stage 4 - Eduqas GCSE Geography B
Why Study Geography GCSE?
Studying Geography GCSE enables a variety of teaching and learning approaches. This exciting and relevant course studies geography in a balanced framework of physical and human themes and investigates the link between them. Students will travel the world from their classroom, exploring case studies in the United Kingdom (UK), higher income countries (HICs), newly industrialising countries (NICs) and lower income countries (LICs).
Upon completion of this two-year course, students will have the skills and experience to progress onto A-level and beyond.
Eduqas Geography B 9-1 Specification Summary
The exam format
The qualification is linear and assessed through exams only. There are three exams:
a) Exam 1: 1 hr 45 mins (40%)
This has three sections:
Theme 1 - Changing Places – Changing Economies
Theme 2 - Changing Environments
Theme 3 - Environmental Challenges.
Questions will be asked from these three themes.
b) Exam 2: 1 hr 30 mins (30%)
This is a decision-making paper that is synoptic across all themes
c) Exam 3: 1 hr 30 mins: (30%)
This has three sections that all test fieldwork enquiry skills.