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Worthing High School

Worthing High School

End of Autumn Term 2

Geography

Geography at Worthing High School involves:

  • A challenging and varied curriculum.
  • An inclusive ethos in which every student is enable to achieve their personal best.
  • Excellent, exciting enrichment activities for all.
  • A robust grading and target setting system.
  • Extremely high standards of teaching and learning.
  • A constant emphasis on active learning
  • Dynamic staff who really love teaching Geography

 

Information about the GEOGRAPHY Department

Curriculum Vision 

All students will be prepared with the knowledge, skills and understanding to face the emerging challenges of the modern world and help shape our societies and environments at local, national and global scales. 

Curriculum Intent 

Curriculum intent 

Our curriculum is based around 4 major themes which should equip students with the knowledge and understanding that will prepare them for their future lives and provide them with the appetite to pursue Geography GCSE and beyond into further studies.  

The 4 major themes in our vision for students 

  • Knowledge and Understanding  

  • Geographical Skills  

  • Evaluation and Judgement 

  •  Awe and Wonder for the World 

 

  • To develop a desire to travel and respect other cultures through a development of awe and wonder for the world. 

  • To give students knowledge of the world outside their doorstep through the development of their geographical skills using a variety of resources around them. 

  • To develop knowledge and understanding of the world’s physical and human landscapes & processes and how they interact. 

  • To ensure an understanding of global issues facing them now and in the future  

  • To be able to critically assess and evaluate geographical issues and ideas 

Students can go on to study GCSE Geography with the AQA Exam Board Syllabus 

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/gcse/geography-8035 

Worthing High School has their own website with all the content students will need for this AQA GCSE Geography Course . This can be found at: www.whsgcsegeography.wordpress.com 

Curriculum Sequencing 

Curriculum sequencing 

 

Autumn 1 

Autumn 2 

Spring 1 

Spring 2 

Summer 1 

Summer 2 

Year 7 

Welcome to Geography 

Knowledge of key UK locations  

Descriptive skills 

Map Skills 

 

The World’s continents. 

Knowledge of world continent & ocean locations 

Considering our perceptions of places and why they might be wrong 

Developing awe and wonder for the world 

Research skills 

Coasts. 

Knowledge and understanding of key coastal features and processes 

Drawing geographical diagram skills 

Debating skills 

Extreme Weather 

Knowledge of extreme weather such as hurricanes, tornado and drought 

Understanding cause, effect and response 

Developing awe and wonder for the World 

Environmental concerns. 

Consideration of how humans impact on our planet around us e.g. climate change, pollution 

Evaluation of human issues 

 

Urban areas 

Knowledge of human settlements and living conditions across the globe. 

Numeracy skills 

 

Year 8 

 

 

Borneo- what is it like? 

Knowledge of the key physical and human features of another area of the world- The island of Borneo 

Structuring an evaluative piece of writing skills 

Developing awe and wonder for the world 

Tourism 

Knowledge and understanding of the world’s largest economic industry- tourism. 

Consideration of possible impacts and benefits of this. 

Design and planning skills 

Development and Poverty 

Consideration of the world issue of poverty and comparison of development levels between countries. 

Learning to empathise with others 

Antarctica – a frozen continent 

Knowledge of the key physical features of one of the world’s last wilderness areas. 

Consideration of the need for Global Treaties and Agreements 

Map and photo analysis 

Developing awe and wonder for the world 

Weather & Field work unit 

Understanding of our weather and how it forms. 

Field work skills developed and used around school grounds 

Migration 

Knowledge and understanding of the reasons for migration. 

Putting migration into context and developing an understanding of how this is portrayed by the media. 

Analysis of text skills 

Year 9 

 

 

Plate tectonics 

Knowledge and understanding of key tectonic features and processes 

Understanding cause, effect and responses of key tectonic events 

Drawing geographical diagram skills 

Developing assessment and judgement skills 

Biomes 

Appreciation of the variety of wildlife across the planet and the interrelationships that exist between them. 

Research skills 

Population 

Consideration of the scale of human life across the globe and the impacts this brings. 

Numeracy skills 

Rivers 

Knowledge and understanding of key coastal features and processes 

Drawing geographical diagram skills 

 

GCSE Issues Evaluation 

Working towards GCSE level by completing a “GCSE issues evaluation paper” of a real world issue. 

Analysis of evidence 

Decision making and judgement skills 

Students can go on to study GCSE Geography with the AQA Exam Board Syllabus 

Aims of the Geography Department

  • To excite students to take Geography further at college and university
  • To engage everyone with their surroundings and the environment.
  • To ensure all students develop a dynamic skill set which will benefit them in their later life.
  • To excite students both within the class and through various field-trips, locally and abroad.
  • To encourage students to enthusiastically explore and question the world around them.
  • To encourage every student to fulfil or exceed their potential in a supportive environment

Departmental Staff

Mrs C Conrad (Leader of Geography)

Mrs A Gannaway ( Teacher of Geography and Eco Lead)

Mr J Habershon ( Teacher of Geography)

Miss L Sinsbury (Teacher of Geography)

Facilities

  • Three well-equipped geography specialist teaching rooms
  • Professional pertnerships with Higher and Further Education Institutions and feeder primary and middle schools.

Our Philosophy

Every child matters in Geography and we enjoy working with our students and their families so that they achieve their full potential.

We firmly believe that anything can be achieved if you work hard, with enthusiasm, resilience and support.

We pride ourselves on teaching lessons and providing experiences which students learn from, remember and enjoy time after time.

Key Stage Three (Year 7-9)

KS3 Geography is a series of dynamic, engaging units of work which aim to excite and encourage a passion for Geography throughout. Students learn a range of topics, from tourism to tectonics. We aim to provide students with a breadth of geographical knowledge whilst developing skills which can be applied throughout the school and in their later life. Social, emotional and moral developments are also embedded throughout geography (for example, Year 8 students compare their life to similar age children in the Kibera slum in Kenya). Our Key Stage 3 curriculum is a fantastic foundation on which to build on to achieve the very best outcomes at GCSE. 

“Geography is my favourite subject! We do something different every lesson, and my teachers make my lessons exciting and interesting. I love to learn about the world around me." - Ella - Year 8 pupil.

KS4 (Year 10 and 11)

In Year 10 and 11 we teach the AQA Specification A syllabus. KS4 Geography provides a varied series of topics which aim to excite students throughout. Active learning, differentiation, group work and stretch and challenge are all embedded into each topic. Our students are passionate about the subject and develop skills which will benefit them throughout their future careers.

 The final GCSE grade is split into three sections:

· Unit 1 - Physical Geography (35%)

· Unit 2 - Human Geography (35%):

· Unit 3- Geographical Applications and Skills (30%) 

“Geography is really interesting; it never fails to amaze me. I look forward to my Geography lessons; the teachers are fun and encourage me to learn more every time. As a result, I am consistently working above my target level. The Geography staff provide great opportunities to learn both inside the classroom, and beyond. I am very excited to take part in the Italy trip – it will be a great learning experience. I am also visiting Brighton University for a day of master classes covering a range of interesting and relevant geographical concepts." - Nick - Year 10 pupil.

Additional Sessions

Period 6 - Friday

Revision Sessions

For Easter Revision Sessions, please see Exam Support and Timetables page - under Teaching & Learning.