Geography Key Stage 4

Covid Recovery Statement

We focused our lockdown live lessons, which were made available to all students, on graphical analysis skills with a main focus on Ecosystem knowledge and Urbanisation for year 9 students. We are confident that, if your child engaged with tasks set and live lessons offered, our educational offering should have helped to reduce what would have been missed in the classroom with regards to this knowledge and these skills.

What are the gaps? 

Knowledge: Students were not able to study the units as we would have studied them in the classroom meaning that their knowledge gained of places and geographical events is not as in depth and they didn’t have as many opportunities to show their understanding. 

Skills: Students gained some good numeracy skills during lockdown as we focused on climate graphs and understanding and reading them but the main skill missed was the skill of application. This enables students to use their knowledge and understanding of a topic and apply it to a new situation; for example, they didn’t get the opportunity to draw their own climate graphs and make decisions about the best way to achieve this. 

How will they be addressed?

Our main focus areas on returning to school are:

  • Engagement and career opportunities
  • Honing mathematical analysis skills and data presentation 
  • Application of learning to make decisions in new situations

You’ll notice all schemes of work in the first term are engaging and provide the opportunities for students to think outside the box and get excited for their future. We will be encouraging your child to research future career and travel opportunities so that they can link them to what we are studying in lessons. We would like your child to expand their knowledge of the world around them and allow their imaginations to encompass the possibility of an exciting and worthwhile future.

We are aware that your child will have these gaps from missing in school teaching and our adaptations to the curriculum are a priority in ensuring that we fill these gaps. We have planned our lessons in ways which are differentiated to all needs of all students whereby we are able to support and challenge your child. Students are building their metacognition skills every lesson and taking the lead in their learning through the process of ‘think, act, reflect’ and we are also using self and peer assessment which gives your child control and the ability to reflect on their learning as well as others’ and apply this knowledge and understanding to their next piece of work – which is a key skill in itself for Geography. We will use marking, feedback and home learning to learn more about the gaps and how successfully we are filling them in order to adapt our teaching to suit the needs of the students. 

What are students expected to do?

Students should enter a Geography classroom ready to try their best and have the desire to solve the problems of our world. We are fulfilling the need for future leaders who are willing to work hard and meet expectations in order to go out into the world and make it a better place. Students are required to be reflective of their work and always consider the notion of ‘how can I do this better next time?’ They must be accepting of their areas for development and use that knowledge as a stepping stone to support themselves in their learning journey. As teachers, we can use these areas of development in order to guide students to achieve and ultimately to success. 

How can I support my child?

  • Ensure they begin to research their future goals and the skills they need in order to achieve these goals. 
  • Look out for BBC Nature, National Geographic or other documentaries on TV or streaming services which can help your child to expand their knowledge and get excited and intrigued about the world around them. 
  • Encourage writing and journaling the world around them. 
  • GCSE useful links:
  • Contact us – all staff are available to contact via email – just ask. Any questions or concerns you have we’re here for you and happy to help!

Year 10

Year 10 Curriculum Overview Topic Unit content
Term 1 UK Physical Landscapes Rivers and coasts
Term 2 The Challenge of Resource Management Food/water/energy in the UK and the global energy crisis
Term 3 The Changing Economic world Global economic inequalites, LIC/NEE economic development, UK economic development

 

Year 11

Year 11 Curriculum Overview Topic Unit content
Term 1 UK Physical Landscapes Rivers, coasts
Term 2 The Challenge of Resource Management Food/water/energy in the UK and the global energy crisis
The Changing Economic world Global economic inequalites, LIC/NEE economic development, UK economic development
Term 3 Revision and exams