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    Geography

    Who’s who in the Department?

    • Mrs C. Oliver - Subject Leader
    • Mrs K. Mitchell - 2nd in Department
    • Mr M. Casstles
    • Miss J. Wragg
    • Mr J. Keegan

    We work hard to encourage all our students to strive towards high levels of achievement. We aim to equip them with the knowledge, understanding and skills which will enable them to take an active and life-long interest in the world. We hope our students will always want to look around them, to understand what they see, to appreciate other cultures and to care about their environment.

    Email the department: GeographyDepartment@uptonhigh.co.uk

    Curriculum

    Key Stage Three

    Students are taught a variety of Geography units throughout the first two years.

    Year 7 Curriculum
    Geomorphology, Map Skills, Settlement, River Features, Weather, Shopping/Traffic.

    Year 8 Curriculum
    Wildlife Conservation, Volcanoes, Japan, Migration, Italy, Kenya

    We also explore links with Chester Zoo.

    Key Stage 4

    GCSE Geography AQA (8035) first exam 2018

    Physical Geography – students will study - Living with the physical environment

    This will include:  The challenge of natural hazards, Physical landscapes in the UK and The living world

    Human Geography – students will study - Challenges in the human environment

    This will include: Urban issues and challenges, The changing economic world, The challenge of resource management

    Students will also complete fieldwork which will develop skills of data collection, analysis and presentation. This will prepare the students for the section of the course - Geographical applications which includes Issue evaluation and Fieldwork

    Assessments

    Paper 1: Living with the physical environment

    Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes   (35% of GCSE)

    Paper 2: Challenges in the human environment

    Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes   (35% of GCSE)

    Paper 3: Geographical applications

    Written exam : 1 hour  (30% of GCSE )

    All three papers will offer the following types of questions: multiple- choice, short answers, level of response and extended prose.

    GCSE Geography AQA A (4032) last exam 2017

    Physical Geography – students study the following topics: The Restless Earth; Water on the Land; and The Coastal Zone.

    Human Geography – students study the following topics: Population Change; Changing Urban Environments; and Tourism.

    Students will also complete Geographical Fieldwork, which will develop skills of data collection, analysis and presentation. This will help students to prepare for their Controlled Assessment.

    Assessment

    Unit 1 People and the Natural Environment (37.5%) 1½ hrs
    Map skills and structured questions.

    Unit 2 People and the Human Environment (37.5%) 1½ hrs
    Structured questions.

    Unit 3 Local Fieldwork Investigation (25%)
    Controlled assessment based on fieldwork investigation.

    Tiering: Students will be entered for either Higher (D to A*) or Foundation(C to G) Papers

    GCSE Environmental Science AQA (4442) Last examination 2017

    Topics in Environmental Science – including topics such as Population and Sustainability, Energy Resources, Global Climate Change. Environmental Management Issues – including topics such as managing wildlife resources and managing water resources. Students will also complete Fieldwork which will teach them skills of primary and secondary data collection, evaluation techniques and analysis. This will prepare them for the Investigative Skills Assignment and the Practical Skills Assessment.

    Assessment

    Unit 1 Topics in Environmental Science (75%) 2 hr
    Short structured questions and longer prose questions.

    Unit 2 Investigations in Environmental Science (25%)
    Investigative Skills Assignment (ISA)
    Practical Skills Assessment (PSA)

    Tiering: Students will be entered for either Higher (D to A*) or Foundation (C to G) Papers

    Key Stage 5

    Year 12
    Students will study physical units in - Dynamic Landscapes
    This will include - Tectonic Processes and Hazards and Glaciated Landscapes and Change
    Students will study human units in - Dynamic Places, Globalisation and Regenerating Places
     
    Year 13
    Students will study physical units in - Physical Systems and Sustainability
    This will include - The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity, The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security
    Students will study human units in - Human Systems and Geopolitics
    This will include - Superpowers, Global Development and Connections
    Students will complete fieldwork in both Year 12 and 13 which will develop skills of data collection, analysis and presentation. This will prepare the students for the independent investigation.
     
    Assessment
    Paper 1 and 2 cover all the units above 60% of qualification.
    Paper 3 covering three synoptic themes 20% of the qualification and an independent investigation 20% of the qualification.
    A2 Geography AQA (2031) last exam 2017

    Physical Geography – students will study Plate Tectonics and Associated Hazards, and Ecosystems: Change and Challenge AQA (2031)

    Human Geography – students will study World Cities and Development and Globalisation.

    Students will also complete Fieldwork Investigations in both Physical and Human Geography.

    Students will be assessed by:

    Unit 3 – Contemporary Geographical Issues (30%) 2.5 hrs
    Unit 4a – Geography Fieldwork Investigation (20%) 1.5 hrs

    AS Environmental Studies AQA (1441) last exam 2017

    The Living Environment – students will explore why conservation is important, how it is being achieved in the UK and at global scales. They will also study relationships between organisms and their abiotic and biotic environment.

    The Physical Environment – students will study atmospheric gases, water and mineral nutrients. Human exploitation and management of physical resources and use of unsustainable natural resources.

    Assessment:

    Unit 1: The Living Environment (40%) 1hr (20% total A Level marks)
    5 short answer questions and 1 structured question.

    Unit 2: The Physical Environment (60%) 1½ hr (30% total A Level marks)
    8 short answer questions and 1 structured question including extended prose.

    A2 Environmental Studies AQA (2441) last exam 2018

    Energy Resources and Environmental Pollution – students will study future problems of energy supply, properties of pollutants and why some cause environmental damage. Managing the damage caused by pollutants.

    Biological Resources and Sustainability – students will study factors controlling human population growth, food production and forestry systems and study the sustainability of human lifestyles.

    Assessment:

    Unit 3: Energy Resources and Environmental Pollution (25%) 1½ hrs
    7 compulsory short questions and 1 essay from a choice of three titles.

    Unit 4: Biological Resources and Sustainability (25%) 2 hrs
    5 compulsory short questions and 1 data analysis question.
    1 essay from a choice of three titles

    Homework Policy
    At Key Stage 3, homework is set on a regular basis to consolidate work completed in lessons. Students are expected to complete the work on time and to the best of their ability. Most tasks will take approximately 20 -30 minutes. Students can seek advice from their teacher prior to the deadline. At Key Stage 4, homework tasks are linked closely to the specification and most work is GCSE question related. Students should work towards their target grade or above.

    At Key Stage 5 students are expected to complete their own research as well as well as AS and A2 based examination questions.

    Marking Policy
    The Department follows the whole school marking policy.

    Educational Visit to Iceland 2015

    28 enthusiastic geographers from Upton High School recently visited Iceland to study landscapes which feature in their GCSE and A level examinations. The students experienced a 4 day trip that took in a visit to the Blue Lagoon within an hour of landing at Kefnalik Airport!

    Everyone relaxed in the geothermally heated water and took in the amazing scenery of lava fields around the lagoon. The group visited the Hellisheidi Geothermal Power Station and the Eyjafjallajokull Visitor Centre, then in the afternoon they strapped on crampons to experience a glacier walk on Solheimajokull. Students crossed the glacier with guides taking the group higher to view moulons and ice caves.

    Following an early start everyone wrapped up in layers and headed to the famous black basalt beach at Vik. Students walked behind the Seljalandsfoss waterfall, boiled eggs in hot springs at Hveragerdi geothermal park and took hundreds of photographs of Gulfoss waterfall and the famous spouting Geysir.

    Everyone had a fantastic time and many are already planning a return visit to this amazing country of fire and ice!!

    Upton by Chester High School travelled to Iceland with “Discover the World”.