Geography

Our core purpose is: “Developing students into critical thinkers who can understand and make sense of the human and physical processes that shape our world.” We want to ensure that APA students develop a love and curiosity for Geography, and for the world around them. Our curriculum gives pupils the opportunities to understand Earth’s foundational processes, whilst also learning about the human interactions that have shaped our planet.

 

 

Year 7

Content Assessment
Pupils learn about the meaning of Geography before learning about the basic Geographies of our planet, including biomes, trade, landscapes, trade and resources. EEDI summative quizzes and extended writing answers after each unit. Exam at the end of the year.

 

Year 8

Content Assessment
Our Year 8 students begin the year by thinking about human processes that have shaped the planet, including energy usage, sustainability and climate change. They then study coasts, migration and the Geography of the UK. 2 Big Writes per unit.

1 GCSE-style assessment each term.

Exam covering all year 8 content at the end of the year.

 

Year 9

Content Assessment
Pupils extend their studies from Year 9 by learning bout development, tectonic hazards, glaciation and ecosystems, before embarking on a set of case studies including China and countries in Africa. 2 Big Writes per unit.

1 GCSE-style assessment each term.

Exam covering all year 9 content at the end of the year.

 

Geography GCSE (Year 10 & 11)

Content Assessment
Year 10  
Natural Hazards – pupils learn about tectonic hazards, weather hazards and climate change.

Living World – pupils learn about ecosystems, rainforests and deserts.

Rivers and Coasts – pupils look at coastal and river landscapes in the UK.

Urban Issues and Challenges – pupils learn about the opportunities and challenges of two cities, London and Rio de Janeiro.

Tectonic Hazards AQA GCSE Assessment – 40 marks

Living World AQA GCSE Assessment – 40 marks

Rivers and Coasts AQA GCSE Assessment – 40 marks

Urban Issues and Challenges AQA GCSE Assessment – 40 marks

Year 11  
Economic Development – pupils study the changing economies of the UK and Nigeria.

Resource Management – pupils study global resource management and our management of water around the world.

Fieldwork – pupils complete two fieldwork trips and collect their own fieldwork data.

Issue Evaluation – Pupils receive a resource booklet 12 weeks before their exam that they have to study and analyse, before being asked questions in the exam in June.

Economic Development AQA GCSE Assessment – 40 marks

Resource Management AQA GCSE Assessment – 40 marks

Fieldwork AQA GCSE Assessment – 40 marks

Issue Evaluation AQA GCSE Assessment – 40 marks

AQA GCSE Exam at the end of Year 11

 

Geography A Level

Content Assessment
Year 12  
In Year 12 our A level students study the water and carbon cycles and coasts, alongside learning about globalisation, global governance, Antarctica and changing places. They also complete their NEAs – a 4,000 word piece of coursework – having completed two field trips. Water and Carbon Cycle/Global Governance AQA A level Assessment – 36 marks

Coasts and Changing Places AQA A level Assessment – 36 marks

Year 13  
In Year 13 our A level students study hazards and contemporary urban environments, the two optional units of the A level course. They also spend the second half of the spring time revising and revisiting content, to ensure they are fully prepared for their exams. Hazards and Contemporary Urban Environments AQA A level Assessment – 36 marks

AQA A level mock exams in December and March.

AQA A level Exam at the end of Year 13