Geography

Geography at Hollingworth will build inquisitive and open-minded global citizens who have an awareness of current and relevant global issues. Pupils develop a strong sense of responsibility towards cultures, environments, local communities and a sustainable future. Teaching supports all pupils through an engaging and challenging curriculum with opportunities for experiences beyond the classroom.

The Curriculum

Key Stage 3

Pupils will complete three assessments per year in a variety of human and physical geography topics.

Year 7 Curriculum Plan

Year 8 Curriculum Plan

Year 9 Curriculum Plan

Key Stage 4

Pupils in Years 10 & 11 receive three 60 minute lessons a week with homework once a week. The two year course is a full GCSE in Geography with the AQA examination board, which is assessed through examination only. Progress is tracked and monitored in accordance with agreed procedure. Pupils complete a range of both formal and informal assessments in the form of extended writing activities in class, as well as mock and real examinations.

Specification

AQA GCSE Geography (8035)

Extended Curriculum

Homework and Independent Learning

In Years 7 and 8 pupils will receive one piece of homework each fortnight, this is usually revising content from knowledge organisers in preparation for in-class tests. In Year 9, pupils will receive a variety of homework tasks weekly.

At GCSE, pupils are also expected to complete a variety of homework tasks weekly, up to an hour a week.

The Geography VLE is available for all pupils and is populated with a variety of content, knowledge organisers and assessment materials to aid pupils with their learning.

Revision/Catch-up Sessions

For upper school, the Geography department organises support sessions over several hours in a week, whereby intensive revision programmes, assessment guidance and mentoring support is offered. All year groups can access the computers and internet facilities which are always available for pupils to use.

Enrichment

The Geography department runs a variety of fieldwork in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. In Year 8, pupils will visit Blackpool to study coastal management. At GCSE, pupils will visit Sportcity in East Manchester and complete river fieldwork at Daisy Nook Country Park. Additionally, every two years we run an optional trip to the Bay of Naples where we visit Pompeii and climb Mt. Vesuvius – an active volcano. We also study coastal formations around Capri and Sorrento.