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Geography


Ethos and Overview

Geography is one of the most successful subjects at TTC. We are extremely proud of our consistently outstanding GSCE and A level results. In fact, our A Level results have been ranked in the top 20% of schools nationally for a number of years.
 

Our aim is to:
  • Stimulate interest in the surroundings and in the variety of physical and human conditions on the earth's surface.
  • Foster a sense of wonder and awe at the beauty of the world.
  • Develop an informed concern for the quality of the environment and the future of the human habitat.
  • Enhance a sense of responsibility for the care of the Earth and its people.

Geography teachers are passionate about the subject and are continually looking for ways to innovate and engage students. Our commitment to continual improvement has been recognised by the Geographical Association with the award of the Geography Quality Mark and by the Princes’ Teaching Institute.

Advice to parents of students at Thorpe Campus

Students studying Geography in Years 7, 8 and 9 will be asked to choose homework from the ‘Homework Challenge’ section of SharePoint or booklet, if they do not have internet access at home. The homework usually has a research, creative and exam focused element. We would encourage parents to discuss with their children which homework they have chosen and support them with their choices.

We offer a range of extra-curricular visits to support the study of Geography during Key Stage 3. These include day trips to the London Olympics site in Year 7, Walton-on-the-Naze and a 3 day residential field trip to the south coast in Year 8 and, a visit to Kew Gardens in Year 9.

Advice to parents of students studying GCSE Geography

Assessment

GCSE Geography is an academic subject which can contribute towards the English Baccalaureate. It is assessed through three written exams each contributing 25% of the overall GCSE which are sat in Year 11. The remaining 25% is completed through a controlled assessment which is based on a fieldwork enquiry and is completed at the end of Year 10.

Homework

Students are expected to complete homework on a weekly basis and it will be set from Homework Booklets. These booklets are issued at the beginning of each unit and comprise of past exam questions. The first page of each booklet records the marks awarded for the homework including a GCSE Grade and targets for improvement.

Extra Resources

Students may access a copy of the e-textbook through the Key Stage 4 Geography Sharepoint pages. This is an electronic copy of the text book that is used in the classroom.

Preparing for exams

We provide all students with a revision guide in Year 11. In addition, we run weekly afterschool revision session starting immediately after the February half term in Year 11. Parents are notified of the times and dates by letter. Additional revision sessions may also be run prior to the Year 10 and 11 trial exams. In addition to these sessions, individual teachers are always happy to help students in break or lunch times or after school on other nights of the week depending on their other responsibilities.

Fieldwork

We run two field trips during Year 10: a residential field trip to Cumbria and a day field visit to Walton-on-the-Naze. It is a requirement of the course that students attend one of these field visits.

Advice to parents of students studying AS/A-Level Geography

A Level Geography is a rigorous and demanding subject. To be successful it requires a great deal of commitment and an excellent work ethic.

Assessment

The programme of assessment is as follows:

Paper

Weighting

Date of Exam

Human and Physical Geography

70% of AS Level and 35% of A Level (2 hour written exam)

May of Year 12

Geographical Skills

30% of AS Level and 15% of A Level (1 hour written exam)

May of Year 12

Contemporary Geographical Issues

30% of A Level (2 ½ hour written exam)

June of Year 13

Geographical Fieldwork Investigation

20% of A Level (1 ½ hour written exam)

January of Year 13

Preparing for exams

We run weekly after-school revision sessions in the weeks preceding these exams and parents are notified of the dates by letter. In addition to these sessions, individual teachers are always happy to help students in break or lunch times or after school on other nights of the week depending on their other responsibilities.

Homework

Students are expected to complete homework on a weekly basis and it will be set from Homework Booklets. These booklets are issued at the beginning of each unit and comprise of past exam questions. The first page of each booklet records the marks awarded for the homework including a A Level Grade and targets for improvement.

Fieldwork

Fieldwork is a required part of the A Level Course. During Year 12, students will visit Colchester and the River Brett. They will use their experiences to sit the Geographical Skills exam paper in Year 12. In Year 13, students will attend a residential field trip to Nettlecombe Court in Somerset. They will use their experiences to sit the Geographical Fieldwork Investigation paper.

Useful links from our Geography Department
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If possible, students would benefit from having access to Google Earth:

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Further Information

Further information including the full specification and past exam papers can be found at:

http://web.aqa.org.uk/qual/gce/humanities/geography_noticeboard.php?id=10&prev=10