Geography at Christ the King
Geography is the science that studies the lands, features, inhabitants, and phenomena of Earth. A literal translation would be “to describe or write about the Earth”. Geography helps our students understand how what we do can affect the world around us and how people in other parts of the country and world live.
Geography is one of the most popular options at Christ the King. The combination of Science and Humanities which incorporates the lands, features, inhabitants, cultures and phenomena of Earth makes it a broad and fascinating choice. Geography helps our students understand how what we do can affect and change the world at a local, national and global scale.
Geography at Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3, students study a variety of physical and human topics at both local and global scales. Topics studied include map skills, weather and climate, ecosystems, tectonic hazards and studies of Nottingham and SE Asia.
Geography at GCSE
At Key Stage 4, embark on a 3 year GCSE course using the AQA Specification which culminates in three examinations. Further information and some sample assessment materials can be found by clicking here.
The table below gives an overview of the physical and human components of the course, the information in italics are the aspects we focus on at Christ the King. To support students in preparing we have created a revision website which can be accessed by clicking here.
|Living with the Physical Environment (1 hour 30 minute exam worth 35% of the GCSE)||The Challenge of Natural Hazards||The Living World
Tropical Rainforests and Hot Deserts
|Physical Landscapes in the UK
Rivers and Coasts
|Challenges in the Human Environment
(1 hour 30 minute exam worth 35% of the GCSE)
|Urban Issues and Challenges
Rio De Janeiro and Nottingham
|The Changing Economic World||The Challenge of Resource Management|
The third exam is entitled Geographic Applications and assesses the methods, results and conclusions from two days of fieldwork and a pre-release issue evaluation in a 1 hour 15 minute exam worth 30%. In 2017 we conducted human fieldwork in Nottingham looking at the impact of rebranding and physical fieldwork at the Idle Valley examining the human impact on this ecosystem.
Geography in the 6th Form
At A Level we follow the AQA specification and have chosen modules which link prior learning, new ideas and University preparation to develop a broad knowledge and skillset. There are two examinations at AS and at A Level a piece of coursework on an area of individual interest from any aspect of the specification (within reason!). The structure of AS and A Level is shown below.
|Physical Geography and People and the Environment – 1 hour 3o minute exam worth 50% of the AS||Human Geography and Fieldwork Skills – 1 hour 3o minute exam worth 50% of the AS|
|– Water and Carbon Cycles
|– Changing Places
– Human and Physical Fieldwork
|Physical Geography – 2 hour 30 minute exam worth 40% of the A Level||Human Geography – 2 hour 30 minute exam worth 40% of the A Level||Non-Examined Assessment worth 20% of the A Level|
|– Water and Carbon Cycles
– Coastal Systems and Landscapes
|– Global Systems and Global Governance
– Changing Places
– Population and the Environment
|An individual enquiry of 3,000 to 4,000 words.|
A compulsory element is 4 days of fieldwork across the two years of study. In 2017 we studied perceptions of Nottingham, Water and Carbon cycles in the Peak District and next year there will be a short coastal residential.
This is a booklet of materials which you could attempt over the summer to get you ready for you’re a Level. There is a lot of work here, try some human and physical elements to help you prepare but we would not expect you to complete everything here for September!
Skills in Geography
There are a number of ways students can develop their Geographic skills, some of which include:
- Maintain awareness of key global events through news sources such as BBC News
- Practice OS map skills on websites such as MapZone and using the OS filter on Bing Maps
- Produce a Cheat Sheet for each assessment – this is an A4 sheet which contains all the knowledge and understanding from the unit to be utilised in assessments.
- When studying new places use pictures and videos to try build a sense of place.
Each year every Geographer takes part in the Geography Bee, a 50 question quiz on capitals, countries, rivers, mountains, buildings and compass directions and prizes are awarded for excellent performance within year groups and an overall prize for the highest scorer. If you would like to help your child prepare and improve their place knowledge then Sporcle is an excellent website for doing so.