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Sir Jonathan North Community College

Sir Jonathan North Community College

Geography

Overview

The world we live in is likely to change more in the next 50 years than it has ever done before. Geography explains why, and helps to prepare students for those changes. By studying Geography students develop several advantageous skills:
  • Knowing about local, national and global issues and being able to discuss them;
  • Developing skills in using photographs, maps and diagrams to explain things clearly to other people;
  • Being aware of events around the world and appreciating that people have different views and there are different solutions to issues.

Geography is about the future and everybody’s place in it.

KS3

In Key Stage 3 students consolidate and extend their prior knowledge of the world’s major countries and their physical and human features, discussing and debating social inequalities, differing climates and the fantastic places that exist around the world.

Students learn to understand how geographical processes interact to create distinctive human and physical landscapes that change over time. In doing so, they become aware of increasingly complex geographical systems in the world around them.

Geography equips students with key skills that can be transferred to many areas of study. Analysing and interpreting different data sources develops their competence in using geographical knowledge, approaches and concepts [such as models and theories].  In this way students will continue to enrich their locational knowledge and spatial and environmental understanding.

Initially students are taught in mixed ability tutor groups until the autumn half term of Year 7. For the remainder of Year 7 and 8 ability groups rotate between blocks of Geography and History. In Year 9 all students study Geography for one lesson each week.

To develop skills and understanding outside of the classroom, students can join clubs such as the Fair Trade Group and currently have the opportunity to attend fieldwork trips to Conkers (Year 7), Carsington Reservoir (Year 8), and Poole’s Cavern (Year 9).

Programme of Study

Year 7

  • Map skills
  • Leicester and beyond
  • Saving planet Earth
  • Asia and the Middle East
  • Russia
  • Weather and climate

Year 8

  • Weathering and soil
  • Fantastic places
  • Inequalities around the world
  • Africa
  • Crime

Year 9

  • Tourism
  • Limestone scenery / Peak District
  • Antarctica
  • Trade, aid and debt
  • Natural Hazards

GCSE

“Geography is the subject which holds the key to our future”

Michael Palin

Michael Palin once said, “Geography is the subject which holds the key to our future” and he is completely correct! Every single part of our lives involves geography, from the clothes we wear, to the water we drink, to the towns, cities and countries we live in, to the web page you are reading right now. All involve geography and, therefore, will affect the future.

However, geography is not just about acknowledging your surroundings, but also about understanding, and knowing much more about the place you live, the people you meet and the places you go.

As a dynamic and relevant subject in today’s society, geography at Sir Jonathan North aims to develop students’ enquiring minds regarding the world we live in today and for the future. The skills learnt from analysis, research, self-study and discussion help to create well rounded individuals. Nationally, geography has one of the best graduate employment records in the country as they possess the skills that employers look for.

At GCSE, students study for two or three lessons per week in Year 10 and three lessons per week in Year 11. The subject not only covers many current issues but also has an element of data handling in mathematics and therefore to take GCSE geography, students need to achieve at least level 6 in geography and mathematics during KS3. The qualification aims to inspire a passion for geography within learners which encourages an interest in the subject beyond academic achievements, for the rest of their life.

Fieldwork adds geographical value to study, allowing learners to anchor their studies within a real world context. Fieldwork is currently undertaken in two contrasting locations: human geography along Narborough Road in Leicester and physical geography in Edale, Derbyshire (river study). Fieldwork is a compulsory part of the course and must be undertaken by all students.

Programme of Study

The course ‘GCSE (9-1) Geography B (Geography for Enquiring Minds)’ includes inspiring content throughout three component areas, encapsulating both the geography of the UK and the rest of the world, brought to life by engaging enquiry questions.

‘Our Natural World’ contributes to 35% of the overall mark, ‘People and Society’ contributes to 35% and ‘Geographical Exploration (skills and decision making)’ contributes to 30% of the overall mark. Each component consists of one exam paper at the end of Year 11. Spelling, punctuation and grammar for each area are also examined.

Year 10

  • Autumn 1 - Our Natural World: Global Hazards (tectonics)
  • Autumn 2 - Our Natural World: Global Hazards (weather)
  • Spring 1 - People and Society: Dynamic Development
  • Spring 2 - People and Society: Urban Futures
  • Summer 1 - Our Natural World: Distinctive Landscapes (landscapes of UK)
  • Summer 2 - Our Natural World: Distinctive Landscapes (rivers)

Year 11

  • Autumn 1 - Our Natural World: Sustaining Ecosystems
  • Autumn 2 - People and Society: Resource Reliance (Natural resources)
  • Spring 1 - People and Society: Resource Reliance (food)
  • Spring 2 - People and Society: UK in 21st Century
  • Summer 1 - People and Society: Is the UK losing its global significance?
  • Summer 2 - Revision until exams

Useful Resources

At GCSE it is recommended that your daughter purchases a revision guide and practice work book which are currently available to purchase from College.