St Bede's Inter-Church School

St Bede’s Inter-Church School

“Cum Deo - With God”  •  Cambridge
St Bede’s Free School Go
Ofsted Outstanding

Geography

Geography is the study of Earth’s landscapes, peoples, places and environments. It is, quite simply, about the world in which we live. You can find out more about Geography in the UK today and why it is such a valuable subject on the Royal Geographical Society’s website: 

https://www.rgs.org/geography/what-is-geography/

Year 7

  • Making Connections – how we are linked to people and places at different scales
  • Maps & Mapping – a skills-based unit
  • Glaciation
  • The Geography of Sport
  • The Geography of Crime
  • Fantastic Places

Year 8

  • Weather & Climate
  • Living off Earth’s Resources
  • Restless Planet (plate tectonics) 
  • Mind the Gap - a unit on global development patterns
  • Globalisation
  • Water Works 

GCSE Geography

Students follow the WJEC Eduqas Geography B GCSE syllabus which can be found here: http://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/geography/gcse-b/GCSE-Geog-B-Spec.pdf.  The first two units in Year 9 are preparation for the GCSE, helping students to develop the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding before they begin the syllabus. 

Students sit three exams at the end of Year 11:

  • Component 1: - Investigating Geographical Issues – themes 1, 2 and 3 are assessed through a written examination of 1 hour 45 minutes and worth 40% of the qualification
  • Component 2: Problem Solving Geography – assessed through a written examination of 1 hour 30 minutes and worth 30% of the qualification.
  • Component 3: Applied Fieldwork Enquiry – assessed through a written examination of 1 hour 30 minutes and worth 30% of the qualification. 

Year 9 (2021 cohort)

  • Long Life Geography (population & health geographies)
  • A Disposable Future (the production, management and consequences of waste around the world)

GCSE Geography

  • Key idea 1.2. Urban and Rural Processes in the UK
  • Key Idea 2.3. Weather and Climate
  • Key Idea 3.1. How Ecosystems Function 

Year 10 (2020 cohort)

  • Key idea 1.2. Urban and Rural Processes in the UK
  • Key Idea 2.3. Weather and Climate
  • Key Idea 3.1. How Ecosystems Function
  • Key Idea 3.2. Ecosystems Under Threat
  • Key Idea 3.3. Water Resources and Management
  • Key Idea 3.4. Desertification
  • Component 3: Fieldwork Project 1 

Year 11 (2019 cohort)

  • Key Idea 2.3. Weather and Climate
  • Key Idea 3.3. Water Resources and Management
  • Key Idea 1.3. A Global Perspective on Development Issues
  • Key Idea 3.4. Desertification
  • Key Idea 2.2. Shaping the Landscape – Rivers and River Management
  • Component 2: Fieldwork Project 2

 Equipment Required

As a minimum, students are expected to bring the following to all lessons:

  • A black pen
  • A pencil
  • A ruler
  • A calculator
  • An eraser
  • A pencil sharpener

Students need to ensure that all their equipment is clearly labelled with their name and tutor group. 

Useful Links for Geography

Enrichment Ideas

Other ideas:

  • Watch the news each day, for example Newsround http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround
  • Read the Horrible Geography books
  • Look out for relevant and interesting documentaries on terrestrial television, e.g. Frozen Planet
  • Look out for other relevant programmes on digital television channels, e.g. History Channel, National Geographic, Discovery Channel.
  • Mission Explore! http://www.missionexplore.net/
  • Play games in the car such as ‘cities beginning with A’, ‘countries with no coast’, etc.
  • Support a charity – do some research first to decide which one.