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Buxton Community School

Buxton Community School

Geography

Head of Department: Christina Warrington (Contact)


Key Stage 3

Year 7

Course outline

  • Mapping our world/grid references.
  • A study of eastern Asia: China, Japan and Mongolia            
  • Weather and climate across the world (Fieldwork in the school grounds)

Forms of assessment

Each unit will be formally assessed in a lesson. Students will sit a one hour timed exam towards the end of the year covering aspects from all 3 units.

What parents can do to help

Talk to your child about what they are learning and how they are learning in lessons.

Watch TV documentaries relating to the topics. There are often lots on the BBC especially on the rise of China.

Encourage your child to think about their place in the world and how they are interconnected to others. Encourage them to use lots of different types of maps and interact with GIS programs such as Google Earth.

Look for news stories from other parts of the world and think about the climate and weather that they experience. Research extreme weather events like typhoons to find out where and why they occur.  

 

Year 8

Course outline

  • Plate tectonics with a focus on earthquakes.           
  • Development with a focus on under-development in the Horn of Africa    
  • Biomes and ecosystems with a focus on polar and hot deserts.

Forms of assessment

Each unit will be formally assessed in a lesson. Students will sit a one hour timed exam towards the end of the year covering aspects from all 3 units.

What parents can do to help

Talk to your child about what they are learning and how they are learning in lessons.

Watch TV documentaries relating to the topics. There are often lots on the BBC such as Inside the Earth.

Read news articles regarding the places studied such as piracy in Somalia and earthquakes as and when they occur.

Encourage your child to think about their place in the world and how they are interconnected to others.

Look for news stories from other parts of the world and see how they compare to ours.

Look at maps of the places studied and discuss political and physical features of the countries.

Discuss topical issues with your child such as migration from areas suffering drought and the subsequent issues that occur.

 

Year 9

Course outline

  • Population; urbanisation and migration with a specific focus on the Newly Emerging Economies (NEEs)
  • Rivers – processes, features and management. (Local fieldwork based on a nearby river)  
  • Glaciation & Climate Change

Forms of assessment

Each unit will be formally assessed in a lesson. Students will sit a one hour timed exam towards the end of the year covering aspects from all 3 units.

What parents can do to help

Talk to your child about what they are learning and how they are learning in lessons.

Watch TV documentaries relating to the topics. There are often lots on the BBC, especially regarding China and India and their rapid rise to power.

Encourage your child to think about their place in the world and how they are interconnected to others.

Take a walk along a river and point out features that you can identify.

Look for news stories that show the impact of climate change in different places on the planet.

Discuss topical issues with your child such as glacial melt across the world and the impact that this will have. Look at the NASA vital signs page to investigate climate change further.

 

Key Stage 4 

Course outline

The Physical Environment

  • Changing landscapes of the UK – specific focus on rivers and coasts.
  • Weather hazards and climate change
  • Ecosystems, biodiversity and management.

The Human Environment

  • Changing cities
  • Global development
  • Resource management – this will focus on either water or energy.

Geographical Investigations: Fieldwork and UK Challenges.

  • Geographical investigations – physical environments (rivers or coasts)
  • Geographical investigations – human environment (urban or rural)
  • UK Challenges.

 

Forms of assessment

Component 1: The Physical Environment (37.5%)
Written exam: 1½ hours.

Component 2: The Human Environment (37.5%)
Written exam: 1½ hours.

Component 3: Geographical Investigations: Fieldwork and UK Challenges. (25%)
Written exam: 1 ½ hours.

 

What parents can do to help

Encourage your child to show you their folder and talk to them about what they are learning and how they are learning.

Help students with homework. Encourage your child to revise for tests and examinations.

Try to watch relevant TV programs with your child. Some excellent recent programs include Countryfile, Supersized Earth, Comic Relief documentaries.

Encourage your child to watch the news to keep them up to date with current events.

Take them to Manchester to see the city and explore the sights. Equally, take them to visit a rural area, a river and a coast. All of these places are studied and being immersed in these environments is excellent for their learning.