Welcome to Geography

Welcome to Geography Department at Newark Academy.  This is an exciting time for Geography as we introduce fresh ideas, new courses and exciting new enrichment opportunities for all students. The aim of the Geography Department is to inspire the next generation of geographers – could you be one? Read on to find out more.

Across Years 7 and 8 we offer an exciting and engaging curriculum introducing students to studying geographical key questions and developing important skills along the way which will prepare them for GCSE study. We investigate fascinating continents such as Africa and Asia, we complete exciting projects involving volcanoes and settlements and we consider vital geographical questions about the future including 'how can we create sustainable cities?' And 'what are the consequences of climate change?' KS3 is a challenging and enthralling stepping stone from primary schooling to secondary geography and one which will inspire, engage and above all else fascinate.

Year 9 & 10 have started studying AQA A Geography.
Exam board website: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/gcse/geography-a-9030

Course structure

  • Paper 1: Physical Geography - 1 hour 30 minutes - worth 37.5%
  • Paper 2: Human Geography - 1 hour 30 minutes - worth 37.5%
  • Controlled Assessment: - May-July 2014 - worth 25%

Course rationale from exam board

This popular course offers:

  • engaging and topical content
  • a stimulating blend of traditional and contemporary Geography to suit students of all abilities
  • the study of physical and human Geography in discrete, self-contained topic areas
  • a focus on physical processes and factors that produce diverse and dynamic landscapes over time.

Study of this course will give students of all backgrounds the opportunity to develop:

  • communication skills
  • graphical and cartographical skills
  • technological skills including ICT and GIS
  • interpersonal skills through debate and discussion
  • literacy and numeracy skills
  • problem-solving skills
  • entrepreneurial skills and awareness of career possibilities.

Physical Geography:

Human Geography:

Skills:

We currently study AQA for AS & A2.

AS Geography

Course structure:

  • Human and physical geography exam - 2 hours - worth 70% of AS (35% of A2)
  • We study - Rivers, Cold environments, Population change, Health Issues
  • Geographical Skills exam - 1 hour - worth 30% of AS (15% of AS)

Every year we participate in a residential fieldwork trip in the Peak District to practise our Geographical skills and see physical features of the landscape in the flesh.

A2 Geography

Course Structure:

  • Contemporary Geographical Issues - 2 hours 30 minutes - worth 30% of A2
  • We study - Contemporary conflicts, Plate tectonics, World Cities
  • Geographical issue evaluation - 1 hour 30 minutes - worth 20% of A2

Geography provides a range of exciting opportunities for students across all year groups – come along and get involved. Every Thursday after school Year 7 students can get their hands (and clothes) dirty and help out in the school garden. This year we will be growing produce from around the world finding out about different growing conditions needed for a multitude of delicious fruits and vegetables. We also offer geography revision workshops for GCSE and A Level students – both at lunchtimes and after school. Please see Mrs Vause for more information.

 

Links to useful resources

People and the Planet http://www.peopleandplanet.net
Multimap Search for place names and postcodes - download travel directions
Streetmap Zoom in on any UK area by entering a place name, postcode, grid reference or tel code
Ordnance Survey OS map info
Expedia.co.uk Maps Road maps of UK and Europe
MSN Maps and Directions Maps for most US cities + major conurbations around the world
Map24 Another UK map site
old-maps.co.uk http://www.old-maps.co.uk
Maps Worldwide Online shop for all map requirements
RAC Travel Services Route planner/traffic news
Environment Agency Variety of environmental info
Geographical - The Magazine Topical geography items
The Geographical Association Geog Association website
CIA - The World Factbook 2002 World factbook
The World Bank Group World bank website
USGS Geologic Information - Deserts Info about deserts
Glacier Info about glaciers
USGS - Earthquakes Info about earthquakes
The Online Guides: Meteorology Info about meteorology
Met Office Weather/climate info
Met Office: Learning Resources for students, enabling research into specific events eg 1987 hurricane
National Hurricane Centre National Hurricane Center, Miami, Florida
WSVN-TV - Miami - The News Station Info about hurricanes in Florida from local newspaper
Funbrain.com Games, quizzes etc
Channel 4 Learning Channel 4 education programmes
Columbus Travel Guides Factual guide to holiday destinations
Leeds Geodemographic Analysis System Method of extracting census data linked with postcodes
Northern Light Search for news items
The Cryosphere Info about snow, blizzards and avalanches
Volcano World Good source of volcanic case studies
US Geological Survey Variety of geological info
Museum of San Fracisco A case study of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake presented by the Museum of San Francisco
Centre for Ecology and Hydrology Institute of Hydrology - very useful for UK hydrological info - most UK rivers have info included
World Flag Database Database of flags of the world’s countries
National Curriculum in Action: Geography The national curriculum in action
Becta ICT in education
US Census Bureau Population Pyramids
Homework High Revision site
Internet Geography http://www.internetgeography.co.uk

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