The Geography curriculum at Cardinal Heenan is designed to enthuse and empower pupils, giving them a broad flavour of the subject and encouraging them to be self-motivated and forward-thinking learners. We believe that pupils’ learning should be relevant, conceptual and based on the principals of enquiry, problem solving and decision making. These skills are crucial in preparing pupils for the demands of GCSE level learning and in their futures beyond Cardinal Heenan. We promote and encourage the highest standards in Geography and lead pupils to become responsible global citizens.
We aim to develop pupils as independent thinkers who take charge of their own learning.
A culture of mutual respect is created in all classrooms within the geography department. Pupils’ voices are all heard and valued. Controversial views are challenged in class debate. This includes tolerating those of different faiths and beliefs, especially when studying traditions and cultures in different countries and views about migration.
The concept of democracy is addressed by the ‘Unfair World’ unit in year 8 and the Population Changes study in the Key Stage 4 course. In these studies pupils gain an understanding of the importance of the democratic voice in the development of a country.
Autumn Term: Sense of Place, a study of our local area and skill development
The purposes of this module are
The key concept is space, knowing where places and landscapes studied are located and why they are there, in terms the physical and human processes that have created, changed and sustained them.
Places studied within the unit include:
Spring Term: Watery World, a study of how water and weather can affect our lives
Summer Term: Exploring India
In this country case study pupils will learn about and develop their understanding of the geography of India.
Autumn Term: Global Issues – An investigation into current issues affecting people and the environment in the 21st century
Spring Term: Life on another Island – A study of the similarities and contrasts between the UK and Japan
Summer Term: Unfair World – A study of the global development gap
Geography is a diverse subject which is relevant to all who live on Earth. The subject links to learning in a variety of other curriculum areas (especially science, history and mathematics) and many career choices. GCSE Geography encompasses a variety of skills, including ICT, mapping, graphing, empathy, interpretation of data and geographical information systems (GIS).
Geography is the subject which holds the key to our future. Michael Palin
Pupils follow the AQA examining body’s GCSE Geography Specification A
Pupils start the GCSE course in Year 9 and complete a combination of both physical and human geography units each year. They also gain experience of fieldwork which helps to support them in the completion of the controlled assessment, a fieldwork-based study.
Examples of previous fieldwork investigations carried out by our GCSE pupils include:
Paper 1 - Percentage of total mark 35%
Written exam - 1 hour 30 minutes
Paper 2 - Percentage of total mark 35%
Written exam - 1 hour 30 minutes
Paper 3 - Percentage of total mark 30%
Written exam - 1 hour 15 minutes
Pre-release booklet made available 12 weeks before the Paper 3 exam.
Fieldwork will be assessed through examination only. It will comprise 15% of the total assessment weighting (of which 5% is
allocated to skills and 10% allocated to application).
Pupils taking GCSE geography will be required to have had experiences of fieldwork undertaken in two contrasting environments.
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