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Geography

Geography at Ralph Thoresby School is based in 3 specialist classrooms on the top floor of ‘C Block’.  Mr Hutson (Head of Geography), Mr Missin, Mr Parkinson (Deputy Headteacher) and Miss Stuttard teach geography to students from Year 7 to Year 13.  Students at Ralph Thoresby learn about the local area and region and well as the wider-world through an engaging, contemporary and exciting curriculum.  Geography is a popular and successful subject, enjoyed by students and delivered by a passionate and committed team.  Students are well prepared for the opportunities and challenges of the new GCSE and A level curriculum, and begin developing essential geographical skills from their first few lessons in Year 7.  Geography students benefit from excellent fieldwork opportunities, visiting fantastic locations including the Yorkshire Dales National Park and Yorkshire’s east coast, as well as local fieldwork in Leeds city centre.  The department are proud of the young geographers and their progress and achievements at Ralph Thoresby School.

Links to SMSC and British Values

Geography inspires awe and wonder at the natural world, both physical and human features.  Geography involves the study of real people in different societies.  In looking at their own locality and others in the world, students’ sense of identity and community can be strengthened

Courses available to take at KS4 and KS5

  • KS4: Eduqas B GCSE Geography
  • KS5: AQA A level Geography
  • Year 7 Overview
    • 01

      Course Topic(s)

      Our local environment and map skills

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Students are introduced to geography in Year 7 with a local area fieldwork enquiry. Map skills (e.g. grid references, distances, compass directions) are developed using OS maps at different scales.

      Assessment

      Local area assessment based on fieldwork enquiry. Map skills assessment.

    • 02

      Course Topic(s)

      People and places

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      This unit focuses on the human and physical geography of different places around the world. Students have the opportunity to investigate a country of their choice, developing their research skills.

      Assessment

      Ideal holiday assessment.

    • 03

      Course Topic(s)

      Economic activity

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Students learn how geography links to different economic activities. The geography of the local area is investigated as students produce their individual factory project.

      Assessment

      My factory project.

    • 04

      Course Topic(s)

      Rivers and flooding

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Students learn about rivers and river environments and the processes that shape these landscapes. Case studies of floods are used to investigate how humans manage and are affected by flooding.

      Assessment

      Comparing flooding case studies.

    • 05

      Course Topic(s)

      Development and globalisation

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      In an increasingly linked world students learn how their lives are affected by globalisation and why different countries are at different stages of development

      Assessment

      Shanty town GCSE style problem solving assessment.

    • 06

      Course Topic(s)

      Environmental issues

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Students develop their understanding of a range of environmental issues and undertake a local fieldwork enquiry investigating litter.

      Assessment

      Litter enquiry.

    How can I support my child?

    Revision materials/support for any exams:

    Revision sheets for the Y7 exam are provided for students.  Copies are also on the school website and are put onto ‘Classcharts’ as part of homework set.

     

    Equipment required:

    Having the usual school equipment in lessons is essential – pen, pencil, rubber, ruler, calculator.  Colouring pencils for maps and diagrams are also helpful.

     

    Regular activities to undertake:

    Students should review their learning after lessons and during the year to check understanding.  Asking questions in class and asking for help when needed will help students develop confidence and improve their understanding.

     

    Homework Information

    Students are set a range of different types of homework in KS3 geography including research tasks, learning key terms, completing task sheets, preparing for presentations and projects, revision tasks and extended writing tasks.  Encourage your child to use ‘Classcharts’ and their planner to organise their work.  Completing homework on time, allowing time to check through work, will helps students to make progress.

  • Year 8 Overview
    • 01

      Course Topic(s)

      Coasts and coastal management

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Students learn about the processes that shape coastal landscapes and how humans interact with the coastal environment.

      Assessment

      GCSE style problem solving assessment.

    • 02

      Course Topic(s)

      Ecosystems

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      In this unit students investigate the physical factors that affect ecosystems and how these environments are exploited and managed.

      Assessment

      ‘To what extent…’ GCSE style extended writing.

    • 03

      Course Topic(s)

      Hazards

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Students develop their understanding of a range of hazards and how humans are affected by and try to manage the impacts of hazards.

      Assessment

      Year 8 exam. Range of question types including source response and extended writing.

    • 04

      Course Topic(s)

      Plate tectonics

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Students learn about the processes that continue to shape the surface of the earth and lead to earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes.

      Assessment

      Comparing case studies assessment.

    • 05

      Course Topic(s)

      Weather and climate

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      In this unit students develop their understanding of weather, how it is measured and of climate in different places around the world.

      Assessment

      Geographical skills – completing and comparing climate graphs.

    • 06

      Course Topic(s)

      Settlement

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Students investigate the characteristics of settlements and how they change over time.

      Assessment

      Settlement change assessment.

    How can I support my child?

    Revision materials/support for any exams:

    Revision sheets for the Y8 exam are provided for students.  Copies are also on the school website and are put onto ‘Classcharts’ as part of homework set.

     

    Equipment required:

    Having the usual school equipment in lessons is essential – pen, pencil, rubber, ruler, calculator.  Colouring pencils for maps and diagrams are also helpful.

     

    Regular activities to undertake:

    Students should review their learning after lessons and during the year to check understanding.  Asking questions in class and asking for help when needed will help students develop confidence and improve their understanding.

     

    Homework Information

    Students are set a range of different types of homework in KS3 geography including research tasks, learning key terms, completing task sheets, preparing for presentations and projects, revision tasks and extended writing tasks.  Encourage your child to use ‘Classcharts’ and their planner to organise their work.  Completing homework on time, allowing time to check through work, will helps students to make progress.

  • Year 9 Overview
    • 01

      Course Topic(s)

      2.1 Coasts and coastal management Applied fieldwork enquiry – coastal management, Yorkshire’s east coast. 2.2 Rivers and river management.

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Assessment

      Data response and geographical skills. Extended writing questions e.g. ‘Evaluate’ and ‘To what extent?’ command words. Problem solving (decision making) assessments e.g. New Jersey, USA, coastal management assessment. Fieldwork enquiry assessment – coastal management fieldwork. Year 9 exam – Units 1.1 and 1.2.

    • 02

      Course Topic(s)

      2.3 Weather and climate 2.4 Climate change – cause and effect

      Assessment

      Data response and geographical skills. Extended writing questions e.g. ‘Evaluate’ and ‘To what extent?’ command words. Problem solving (decision making) assessments e.g. New Jersey, USA, coastal management assessment. Fieldwork enquiry assessment – coastal management fieldwork. Year 9 exam – Units 1.1 and 1.2.

    • 03

      Course Topic(s)

      1.1 Urbanisation in contrasting global cities Year 9 exam – preparation and revision, assessment, PINS review

      Assessment

      Data response and geographical skills. Extended writing questions e.g. ‘Evaluate’ and ‘To what extent?’ command words. Problem solving (decision making) assessments e.g. New Jersey, USA, coastal management assessment. Fieldwork enquiry assessment – coastal management fieldwork. Year 9 exam – Units 1.1 and 1.2.

    • 04

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Eduqas B – Specification at a glance

      Theme 1: Changing Places – Changing Economies
      1.1 Urbanisation in contrasting global cities
      1.2 Urban and rural processes and change in the UK
      1.3 A global perspective on development issues
      Theme 2: Changing environments
      2.1 Shaping the landscape – coasts and coastal management
      2.2 Shaping the landscape – rivers and river management
      2.3 Weather and climate
      2.4 Climate change – cause and effect
      Theme 3: Environmental challenges
      3.1 How ecosystems function
      3.2 Ecosystems under threat
      3.3 Water resources and management
      3.4 Desertification

    • 05

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Eduqas B – Assessment at a glance

      Component 1: Investigating Geographical Issues (40%)
      Three structured data response questions on the three themes in the specification. The final part of each question will require an extended response.
      Component 2: Problem solving geography (30%)
      This component assesses content across the themes using a variety of structured data response questions. In the final part of the assessment students choose and justify a solution in an extended response.
      Component 3: Applied fieldwork enquiry (30%)
      This written examination assesses fieldwork enquiry methodology and geographical concepts. The final part involves a decision making assessment within in a UK context.

    How can I support my child?

    Year 9 exam revision sheet, key terms sheet, ‘Take 5’ revision booklet.  Students can purchase the official Eduqas B Geography GCSE book for £7 in school.

     

    Equipment required:

    Having the usual school equipment in lessons is essential – pen, pencil, rubber, ruler, calculator.  Colouring pencils for maps and diagrams are also helpful.

     

    Regular activities to undertake:

    Students should review their learning after lessons and during the course to check understanding.  Asking questions in class and asking for help when needed will help students develop confidence and improve their understanding.  Revision for exams, and reviewing exams and exam questions using PINS, helps students prepare for the GCSE exams.

     

    Homework Information

    Students are set a range of different types of homework in GCSE geography including research tasks, exam questions, learning key terms, completing task sheets, preparing for presentations and projects, revision tasks and extended writing tasks.  Encourage your child to use ‘Classcharts’ and their planner to organise their work.  Completing homework on time, allowing time to check through work, will helps students to make progress.

  • Year 10 Overview
    • 01

      Course Topic(s)

      1.2 Urban and rural processes and change in the UK 1.3 A global perspective on development issues

    • 02

      Course Topic(s)

      3.1 How ecosystems function 3.2 Ecosystems under threat

    • 03

      Course Topic(s)

      Applied fieldwork enquiry – Yorkshire Dales National Park. Year 10 exam – preparation and revision, assessment, PINS review

    • 04

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Eduqas B – Specification at a glance

      Theme 1: Changing Places – Changing Economies
      1.1 Urbanisation in contrasting global cities
      1.2 Urban and rural processes and change in the UK
      1.3 A global perspective on development issues
      Theme 2: Changing environments
      2.1 Shaping the landscape – coasts and coastal management
      2.2 Shaping the landscape – rivers and river management
      2.3 Weather and climate
      2.4 Climate change – cause and effect
      Theme 3: Environmental challenges
      3.1 How ecosystems function
      3.2 Ecosystems under threat
      3.3 Water resources and management
      3.4 Desertification

    • 05

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Eduqas B – Assessment at a glance

      Component 1: Investigating Geographical Issues (40%)
      Three structured data response questions on the three themes in the specification. The final part of each question will require an extended response.
      Component 2: Problem solving geography (30%)
      This component assesses content across the themes using a variety of structured data response questions. In the final part of the assessment students choose and justify a solution in an extended response
      Component 3: Applied fieldwork enquiry (30%)
      This written examination assesses fieldwork enquiry methodology and geographical concepts. The final part involves a decision making assessment within in a UK context.

    How can I support my child?

    Year 10 exam revision sheet, key terms sheet, ‘Take 5’ revision booklet.  Students can purchase the official Eduqas B Geography GCSE book for £7 in school.  Revision sessions take place to help students prepare for the Y10 exam.

     

    Equipment required:

    Having the usual school equipment in lessons is essential – pen, pencil, rubber, ruler, calculator.  Colouring pencils for maps and diagrams are also helpful.

     

    Regular activities to undertake:

    Students should review their learning after lessons and during the course to check understanding.  Asking questions in class and asking for help when needed will help students develop confidence and improve their understanding.  Revision for exams, and reviewing exams and exam questions using PINS, helps students prepare for the GCSE exams.

     

    Homework Information

    Students are set a range of different types of homework in GCSE geography including research tasks, exam questions, learning key terms, completing task sheets, preparing for presentations and projects, revision tasks and extended writing tasks.  Encourage your child to use ‘Classcharts’ and their planner to organise their work.  Completing homework on time, allowing time to check through work, will helps students to make progress.

  • Year 11 Overview
    • 01

      Course Topic(s)

      3.3 Water resources and management 3.4 Desertification Applied fieldwork enquiry – Leeds CBD fieldwork Year 11 1st mock exam – preparation and revision, assessment, PINS review

    • 02

      Course Topic(s)

      Revision and exam practice Year 11 2nd mock exam – preparation and revision, assessment, PINS review

    • 03

      Course Topic(s)

      Revision and exam practice

    • 04

      Assessment

      Data response and geographical skills. Extended writing questions e.g. ‘Evaluate’ and ‘To what extent?’ command words. Problem solving (decision making) assessments e.g. Nigeria desertification assessment. Fieldwork enquiry assessment – Leeds CBD fieldwork. Year 11 mock exams.

    • 05

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Eduqas B – Specification at a glance

      Theme 1: Changing Places – Changing Economies
      1.1 Urbanisation in contrasting global cities
      1.2 Urban and rural processes and change in the UK
      1.3 A global perspective on development issues
      Theme 2: Changing environments
      2.1 Shaping the landscape – coasts and coastal management
      2.2 Shaping the landscape – rivers and river management
      2.3 Weather and climate
      2.4 Climate change – cause and effect
      Theme 3: Environmental challenges
      3.1 How ecosystems function
      3.2 Ecosystems under threat
      3.3 Water resources and management
      3.4 Desertification

    • 06

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Eduqas B – Assessment at a glance

      Component 1: Investigating Geographical Issues (40%)
      Three structured data response questions on the three themes in the specification. The final part of each question will require an extended response.
      Component 2: Problem solving geography (30%)
      This component assesses content across the themes using a variety of structured data response questions. In the final part of the assessment students choose and justify a solution in an extended response
      Component 3: Applied fieldwork enquiry (30%)
      This written examination assesses fieldwork enquiry methodology and geographical concepts. The final part involves a decision making assessment within in a UK context.

    How can I support my child?

    GCSE exam revision sheet, key terms sheet, ‘Take 5’ revision booklet, ’20 questions’ sheets.

     

    Equipment required:

    Having the usual school equipment in lessons is essential – pen, pencil, rubber, ruler, calculator.  Colouring pencils for maps and diagrams are also helpful.

     

    Regular activities to undertake:

    Students should review their learning after lessons and during the course to check understanding.  Asking questions in class and asking for help when needed will help students develop confidence and improve their understanding.  Revision for exams, and reviewing exams and exam questions using PINS, helps students prepare for the GCSE exams.

     

    Homework Information

    Students are set a range of different types of homework in GCSE geography including research tasks, exam questions, learning key terms, completing task sheets, preparing for presentations and projects, revision tasks and extended writing tasks.  Encourage your child to use ‘Classcharts’ and their planner to organise their work.  Completing homework on time, allowing time to check through work, will helps students to make progress.

  • Year 12 Course Overview
    • 01

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      AQA A-level Geography – specification at a glance
      Physical geography
      Water and carbon cycles
      Coastal systems and landscapes
      Hazards
      Human geography
      Global systems and global governance
      Changing places
      Contemporary urban environments
      Geography fieldwork investigation
      Individual fieldwork enquiry

    • 02

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      AQA A-level Geography – assessment at a glance
      Component 1: Physical geography
      2 hours 30 minutes exam. 120 marks. 40% of A-level.
      Component 2: Human geography
      2 hours 30 minutes exam. 120 marks. 40% of A-level.
      Component 3: Geography fieldwork investigation
      3,000-4,000 word individual enquiry. 60 marks. 40% of A-level.

    How can I support my child?

    Revision materials/support for any exams:

    Revision booklets and materials provided, past and sample questions.

     

    Equipment required:

    Usual class equipment, including a calculator, is needed each lesson.  Students are provided with a text book.  Fieldwork equipment, provided by school, is used during fieldwork.

     

    Regular activities to undertake:

    Students should review their learning after lessons and during the course to check understanding.  Asking questions in class and asking for help when needed will help students develop confidence and improve their understanding.  Revision for exams, and reviewing exams and exam questions using PINS, helps students prepare for the A-level exams.  During the fieldwork investigation students will be expected to meet deadlines and work independently.

     

    Self-study information

    Students are expected to work independently and complete activities out of lessons.  Students are supported with structuring their work and meeting deadlines.  The independent fieldwork investigation involves students completing their individual enquiry using experiences from fieldwork.

  • Year 13 Course Overview
    • 01

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      AQA A-level Geography – specification at a glance
      Physical geography
      Water and carbon cycles
      Coastal systems and landscapes
      Hazards
      Human geography
      Global systems and global governance
      Changing places
      Contemporary urban environments
      Geography fieldwork investigation
      Individual fieldwork enquiry

    • 02

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      AQA A-level Geography – assessment at a glance
      Component 1: Physical geography
      2 hours 30 minutes exam. 120 marks. 40% of A-level.
      Component 2: Human geography
      2 hours 30 minutes exam. 120 marks. 40% of A-level.
      Component 3: Geography fieldwork investigation
      3,000-4,000 word individual enquiry. 60 marks. 40% of A-level.

    How can I support my child?

    Revision materials/support for any exams:

    Revision booklets and materials provided, past and sample questions.

     

    Equipment required:

    Usual class equipment, including a calculator, is needed each lesson.  Students are provided with a text book.  Fieldwork equipment, provided by school, is used during fieldwork.

     

    Regular activities to undertake:

    Students should review their learning after lessons and during the course to check understanding.  Asking questions in class and asking for help when needed will help students develop confidence and improve their understanding.  Revision for exams, and reviewing exams and exam questions using PINS, helps students prepare for the A-level exams.  During the fieldwork investigation students will be expected to meet deadlines and work independently.

     

    Self-study information

    Students are expected to work independently and complete activities out of lessons.  Students are supported with structuring their work and meeting deadlines.  The independent fieldwork investigation involves students completing their individual enquiry using experiences from fieldwork.

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