Geography

    The Geography department at CBEC is located in A block alongside Maths.  We have two members of the teaching team:

    Mr Gahdinga, Head of Department
    a.gahdinga@cranbourne.hants.sch.uk

     


    Key Stage 3 Geography

     

    Year 7

    Students have 3 lessons per fortnight of Geography and they are taught in their tutor groups.

     

    Topics Studied Include:

    • Welcome to our World
    • Map skills
    • The United Kingdom
    • Fantastic Places in the world (Svalbard, Death Valley, Tasmania and Stonehenge)
    • India

     

    Assessment:
    Each topic has an assessment during the end of each unit. Students will be given a National Curriculum level based on this assessment and their work during the unit as well as targets to help them improve towards the next level. Staff will discuss their assessment with students and their next steps towards their targets will be recorded in their planners.

    Homework:
    Homework is set once a fortnight (in line with the College Homework Timetable) and takes the form of short pieces such as research which should take half an hour to do; or longer project pieces which will be set over a number of weeks.

    Homework support can be found on www.cbecmoodle.com in the section for Year 7.  Homework information can also be found on Show My Homework.

     

    Field work:

    How can Cranbourne be improved with £30,000?

    This is an enquiry based on the school site done during a Day 10. It introduces students to undertaking enquiries in Geography and allows them to experience the whole process of writing up an enquiry. During their Day 10 time students will collect data around the school site. During subsequent Geography lessons they will be guided on how to write their enquiry up.

    Help in writing their enquiry up can be found on www.cbecmoodle.com in the “Key Stage 3 help sheets” section.

    More information on the field work can be found here closer to the time.

     

     


     

    Year 8

    Students have three lessons per fortnight of Geography and they are taught in their tutor groups.

     

    Topics Studied Include:

    • Dubai
    • Las Vegas
    • Thailand
    • Africa

     

    Assessment:
    Each topic has an assessment during the end of each unit. Students will be given a National Curriculum level based on this assessment and their work during the unit as well as targets to help them improve towards the next level. Staff will discuss their assessment with students and their next steps towards their targets will be recorded in their planners.

    Homework:
    Homework is set once a fortnight (in line with the College Homework Timetable) and takes the form of short pieces such as research which should take half an hour to do; or longer project pieces which will be set over a number of weeks.

    Homework support can be found on www.cbecmoodle.com in the section for Year 8.  Homework information can also be found on Show My Homework.

     

     

     

    Field work:
    Year 8 will be taking part in an off-site enquiry based in Top of Town, Basingstoke on a Day 10. It allows students to develop the data collection and write-up skills introduced in Year 7.

    Help in writing their enquiry up can be found on www.cbecmoodle.com in the “Key Stage 3 help sheets” section.

    More information on the field work can be found here closer to the time.

     

    The Year 8 Option process:
    Students may be given the opportunity to take Geography at the end of Year 8 into Year 9.
    More information on the Year 8 option process will be available in the Spring Term of Year 8.

     


    Year 9

    Students have 4 lessons per fortnight of Geography and they are taught in their tutor groups.

    Topics Studied Include:

    • China
    • Climate Change
    • Antarctica and Arctic
    • Global Hazards
    • Russia

     

    Assessment:
    Each topic has an assessment during the end of each unit. Students will be given a National Curriculum level based on this assessment and their work during the unit as well as targets to help them improve towards the next level. Staff will discuss their assessment with students and their next steps towards their targets will be recorded in their planners.

    Homework:
    Homework is set once a week (in line with the College Homework Timetable) and takes the form of short pieces such as research which should take half an hour to do; or longer project pieces which will be set over a number of weeks.

    Homework support can be found on www.cbecmoodle.com in the section for Year 9.  Homework information can also be found on Show My Homework.

     

    Field work:
    Year 9 will be taking part in an off-site enquiry based at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on a Day 10. It allows students to develop the data collection and write-up skills introduced in Year 7 and 8.

    Help in writing their enquiry up can be found on www.cbecmoodle.com in the “Key Stage 3 help sheets” section.

    More information on the field work can be found here closer to the time.

     

    The Year 9 Option process:
    Students will be given the opportunity to take Geography at the end of Year 9 as a GCSE Course Further information on the course can be found below and further information on the Options process will be available during the Spring Term in Year 9.


     

    GCSE Geography

    Students can opt to take Geography at the end of Year 9. Students follow the OCR B Geography syllabus which can be found at the link below:

    www.ocr.org.uk

     

    Curriculum:

    Students cover the following topics during their GCSE

    • Rivers and Coasts
    • Population and Settlement
    • Natural Hazards (tectonic and climatic)
    • Economic Development (industry, trade, aid and development)

    Which topic is studied in which year depends on which topic is being assessed at the end of Year 10 in the Sustainable Decision Making Exercise.

     

    Homework:
    This is set weekly (in line with the College Homework policy) and can be research on places studied in lessons, past questions or preparation for future lessons. It is expected that students will spend 45 minutes in each piece of homework or longer if they are set an extended piece of work over a number of weeks.  Homework information can also be found on Show My Homework.

     

    On-going Assessment:
    Students will be assessed during the course using practice exam papers and graded according to GCSE grades.
    They will be given targets to help improve to the next grade.

     

    Mock Exams:
    Students will be expected to sit Mock exams in the Spring Term of Year 10 and the Autumn Term of Year 11. These will be previous GCSE papers and resources and students will sit both an SDME exam and a Key Themes exam.

     

    Final GCSE Assessment:

    GCSE Geography is made up of 3 components:

     

    Sustainable Decision Making Exercise (SDME)

    This is worth 25% of the final GCSE Grade and assesses one of the 4 topic areas. It is an external exam sat at the end of Year 11.

    The exam uses a resource booklet as a basis for the questions on the paper and students are required to use the information in the booklet as well as their own knowledge to make a decision about how to develop a particular place sustainably.

     

    Geographical Enquiry

    This is worth 25% of the final GCSE Grade.

    This unit is done during the course of year 10 and 11 and is a piece of Fieldwork. Students collect and analyse data (which they have collected themselves) and is based on one of the 4 topics studied during the course.

    Leavers 2016 and leavers 2017 will be completing a piece of work on the coast at West Wittering and East Head.  Further information on East Head can be found on the Chichester Harbour Conservancy website: www.conservancy.co.uk/learn/places/easthead

    Support for students to complete this work can be found on www.cbecmoodle.com in the “Key Stage 4 Help sheets” section and in the GCSE section further down the Geography pages.

     

    Key Themes Exam

    This is worth 50% of the final GCSE grade.

    This is taken at the end of year 11 and is based on three of the units studied during the GCSE course. It does not assess the unit covered in the Sustainable Decision Making Exercise (this unit is assessed on a rotation system).

    It is a written exam with a series of questions based on students prior knowledge as well as their interpretation of different resources given to them in the exam. The final part of each question is based on a case study which students cover during the course.

    Revision help can be found on www.cbecmoodle.com as well as in the study packs circulated at Year 11 parents evening.

    More information can be found on the OCR website:
    www.ocr.org.uk