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 Key Stage 3

KS3 Topics:
Year 7
- Introducing Geography and Exploring Britain, Kenya, Ecosystems and Skills.

Year 8 - Energy, Development, Coasts, Extreme Weather, Rivers, Flooding.

Year 9 - Population and Urbanisation, Landscapes of the UK and Climate Change, Geographical Skills.

How many lessons per fortnight? 3
ILT information:  Examples include research and project work. ILT is set once across the fortnight.
Assessment: Assessments are at the end of each topic (either half termly or termly).
During the KS3 course, students are introduced to a variety of skills that will directly feed into the GCSE course. These will include:

Analytical skills – geographical investigations, test hypotheses and involve data analysis.
Computer literacy – using PowerPoint, Google research and use of Chromebooks.
Self-Management – managing resources and time for Independent Learning Tasks (ILT).
Numeracy and Literacy – using graphs and other data and analysing them.
Teamwork – fieldwork and group work will help develop leadership skills.
Spatial Awareness – map-reading helps to understand a sense of place.
Problem Solving – thinking of questions and then being able to answer them.
Social and Environmental Awareness – being aware of the world.

    Key Stage 4

At KS4 students study the OCR ‘A’ GCSE Geography syllabus. The modules encompass many aspects of both physical and human geography. All resources and classwork are available to all students via Google Classroom. Students are welcome to join our focus group sessions this year, which are held on a Tuesday Week B either during lunchtime and/or after school.

Subject Content

Unit 1: Living in the UK Today (1-hour exam).
Unit 2: The World Around Us (1-hour exam).
Unit 3: Geographical Skills and Fieldwork (1 hour 30 minute exam).

The OCR specification allows the opportunity to develop:

•    Communication skills.
•    Graph and map skills.
•    ICT skills.
•    Interpersonal skills via debate and discussion.
•    Literacy and numeracy.
•    Problem-solving skills.
•    Awareness of career possibilities.
•    Personalised and independent learning.
•    A sound foundation for students who wish to continue the study of geography.
•    A clear understanding of the world around you.

​​​  Key Stage 5

At KS5 students study the OCR A-Level syllabus. This syllabus contains a variety of topics from coastal systems to disease dilemmas. This course offers students many opportunities at enhancing and deepening their geographical knowledge and understanding of places around the globe. It is a very contemporary course with real-life geographical problems. 

The A-Level course is delivered at the Dene Magna  Sixth Form Campus and students will have 9 lessons per fortnight. All resources from lessons and relevant information are shared with students via Google Classroom. 

Subject content: 

Paper 1: Physical Systems (Coastal Landscapes and Earth's Life Support Systems). This exam is worth 66 marks and is 1 hour and 30 minutes in length. 

Paper 2: Human Interactions (Changing spaces; making place, Global Migration and Human Rights). This exam is worth 66 marks and is 1 hour and 30 minutes in length. 

Paper 3: Geographical Debates (Disease Dilemmas and Exploring Oceans). This exam is worth 108 marks and is 2 hours and 30 minutes in length. 

Coursework:  An independent Geographical Fieldwork Investigation. The course work equates to 60 marks and is a non-examination assessment. 

For more information and to visit our Sixth Form area click here.