If you have any questions or concerns about your child, please don’t hesitate to contact a member of the Geography team by leaving a message with Reception or by emailing our enquiry address.
We aim to respond to phone calls and emails as quickly as possible, and certainly within 48 hours. Please bear in mind that members of staff may have a day of teaching and may not be able to respond to non-urgent matters until the end of the Academy day or the following Academy day.
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In KS3 pupils will develop their knowledge and understanding of key issues on a local, national and global scale. The units they will cover over Year 7 and Year 8 are Geographical Skills, Tourism, Energy, Ecosystems, Natural Hazards, China and India. Over each unit of work, pupils will learn about different case studies around the world giving them the opportunity to explore different cultures and societies. Pupils will also learn about the physical, human and cultural characteristics of different places in order to function more effectively in our increasingly interdependent world as global citizens.
Geography is optional at Key Stage Four and is a popular choice with pupils. The following is key information regarding the course.
OCA Geography A (Geographical Themes) (9-1) J383 (from 2016) - Syllabus & Past papers on the OCR Website shown below.
There are 3 papers:
1. Living in the UK Today (30% of GCSE)
2. The World Around Us (30% of GCSE)
3. Geographical Skills (40% of GCSE)
The compulsory fieldwork component:
Fieldwork adds ‘geographical value’ to study, allowing learners to ‘anchor’ their studies within a real world context. Fieldwork must be undertaken:
· Outside the classroom and beyond the school grounds
· On at least two occasions
· In contrasting locations
· In both physical and human geographical context
“Geography graduates have one of the highest rates of graduate employment, pursuing a wide range of career paths. Put simply, there is no such thing as a geography job; rather there are multiple jobs that geographers do” (The Royal Geographical Society)
Geography careers offer opportunities to develop solutions to some of the most pressing issues for modern society, including climate change, natural disasters, overpopulation, urban expansion, and multicultural integration.
Annual (Compulsory) Carding Mill Valley Fieldtrip with Year 10
Annual (optional) residential to Norfolk’s Kingswood field centre. Here student get to see and experience the geomorphic processes that they study in class and enjoy a range of team building activities.
The geography department have strong links with Birmingham University and students have experienced lectures in a range of topics led by University professors and post graduate students.
Useful websites and books:
· My Revision Notes: OCR GCSE (9–1) Geography A ISBN: 9781510418936