Geography is popular at TGGS. Pupils study it from Year 7-9 with 3 hours of lessons across a fortnight. It is a subject that brings the world into the class room, it allows pupils to examine the relationship between people and their planet. Here at Turves Green Girls we plan high quality lessons that aim to inspire them to have a fascination about their world. We provide pupils with knowledge about a variety of places, people, resources through studies of natural and human environments. We also teach lessons that provide pupils with an understanding of the interactions between the Earth’s physical and human processes.
Lessons cover all aspects of the Geography National Curriculum and are based around interesting lessons that are up to date and relevant for them. Lessons are differentiated so that all abilities are catered for allowing pupils to progress and achieve.
We also incorporate a fieldtrip into every Year at KS3 fulfilling the requirements of the national curriculum. These allow our pupils to visit contrasting locations across the key stage to collect, analyse and draw conclusions from geographical data. Also these trips allow extended use of OS maps and other thematic mapping skills in the field.
In year 7 Geography, pupils learn about different environments around the world such as desert and polar regions, study tectonic processes and structures, and learn about the weather through a study of the British climate. They also develop skills such as map reading and geographical sketching, and have the opportunity to practise these with a walking trip from Waseley Hills Country Park to the Clent Hills. In the summer term they do an in-depth study on the Rainforest environment and ecosystem, including considerations of the future of rainforests. This is followed by a country project, comparing physical and human aspects of a country from Asia and one from Africa.
In year 8, pupils develop their skills further by studying Antarctica, it's resources and the threats it faces. They learn about the global fashion industry, looking at where their own clothes come from and exploring any environmental impact of multinational companies. They also learn about life in India, before studying extreme weather such as hurricanes, tornadoes and flooding. All pupils have the opportunity to visit and study the flood management systems at Bewdley. Physical geography is investigated at the end of year, as pupils explore coastal erosion, rock formation and geological timescales.
In year 9, pupils begin by focusing on the human and environmental consequences of economic growth in China. They also look at the geography of crime, and undertake an audit of crime prevention in the local area. Pupils look at a range of environmental issues facing the world today, before exploring some of the most fantastic, unusual and interesting locations around the world. All pupils have the opportunity to visit Cheddar Gorge, one of the locations studied. At the end of the year, they have a wide ranging look at Russia, including geographical features, resources, conflicts and industries.
Geography at KS4
At KS4, students can opt for GCSE Geography. We follow OCR specification B.
The course lasts for five terms. During this time, pupils will complete the following:
First folder of work: Natural Hazards and People
In this folder pupils will look at different kinds of hazards, including volcanoes and earthquakes, hurricanes and floods. They will learn how they are caused and how people react and live with these dangers.
Second folder of work: Economic Development
In this folder pupils will look at contrasting richer and poorer areas of the world and how we can all work together. They will also look at where different kinds of industries are located, why and how this may change in the future and how industry affects the environment.
3rd folder of work: Rivers & Coasts
In this folder pupils will study both Rivers & Coasts starting with coasts and looking at part of Great Britain’s coastline, including how it has been formed, how it is being affected by people and the sea, and what it will be like in the future.
In the second part of this folder pupils will study rivers and learn how they have shaped the land. This section of the folder will also help prepare them for the topic covered in their controlled assessment in Year 11.
Pupils will be completing a Geographical Enquiry (controlled assessment) which will include a fieldtrip to carry out fieldwork and collect data. This is worth up to 25% of their final GCSE mark.
Forth folder of work: Population and Settlement
In this folder pupils will study how the number of people in different countries is changing and why. They will also look at migration (the movement of people) between countries, how cities are changing and why some are growing while others are declining.
Summer Term of year 11
This is for revision of Population & Settlement for their SDME and general folder revision for their Key Themes exam. Pupils then take their two final GCSE examinations: the SDME worth 25% lasting 1 hour 30 minutes and the Key Themes exam worth up to 50% of their final grade, lasting 1 hour and 45 minutes.
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