In Geography, students study the key human and physical processes that are constantly shaping and re-shaping our world. Students learn to be critical, inquisitive and articulate and numerate. These are skills that will help them to succeed in the modern world.
Course Content: GCSE Geography
Students studying GCSE Geography follow the OCR exam board, which is taught over 5 lessons a fortnight. This is an exciting course with a great range of topics, from Global development to hazards to urbanisation and to climate change.
|Content Overview||Assessment overview|
|Our Natural World (01)|
1 hour 15 mins
of total GCSE
UK in the 21st Century
|People and Society (02)|
1 hour 15 minutes
of total GCSE
Decision Making Exercise
|Geographical Exploration (03)*|
1 hour 30 mins
of total GCSE
*indicates inclusion of synoptic assessment
Geography Personal Learning Checklists
Assessment in GCSE Geography
Assessment in History is by 100% written exam at the end of Year 11. Students will study three papers, each of which contributes on towards the final grade awarded (1 to 9):
Paper 1: – Our natural world (I hour and 15 minutes)
Paper 2: – People and Society (I hour and 15 minutes)
Paper 3: – Geographical exploration (I hour and 30 minutes)
Marking of Students’ Work and Feedback
In Geography we assess a range of important and transferrable skills: Geographical knowledge and understanding; analysis of Geographical sources; and analysis of Geographical information. Teachers give feedback on one assessment per term and one piece of extended book work or homework, in accordance with the school Teaching and Learning Policy, explaining What Went Well (WWW) and Even Better If (EBI).
Students have a formal Year 10 Exam and a Year 11 Mock Exam. Students are fully prepared for the final exams by practising a mixture of shorter and longer format GCSE questions throughout the two year course.
Setting in Upper School Geography
Students are predominantly taught in mixed ability groups. If 2 or more classes run at the same time, students may be set in order to allow them to work with those who are performing at similar levels and working at a similar pace.
Geography homework is set on a weekly basis in GCSE. Students record homework in their planners and teachers will share the work via SIMS Learning Gateway.
Typical homework activities will include; wider reading, independent research, production of case study notes and revision and preparation for key assessments.
Supporting Your Daughter in GCSE Geography
There are many ways in which you can support your daughter in the study of Geography:
- Read the daily papers and or relevant web articles e.g. on BBC
- Discuss current events here in the UK and around the world
- Visit different places