Learning

Geography

The Bluecoat Wollaton Academy Geography curriculum reflects our belief that a sound understanding of geography is a vital for young people, enabling them to engage with and reflect upon the rapidly changing world. The study of Geography offers students the chance to explore their surroundings and develop their decision-making skills whilst feeling a sense of wonder about the natural environment.

The curriculum we have designed builds and extends from the national curriculum. Throughout their study of Geography at Bluecoat Wollaton, Students will develop an awareness of a variety of spaces and places, ranging in scale to include UK, and our own city of Nottingham, through to world geography including earthquakes in Haiti and urban inequality in Lagos. Students will assess the challenges taking place in both physical environments – including managing river flooding, and human environments – such as meeting our UK energy need, all while recognising the importance of adapting to these sustainably.

Students will leave Bluecoat Wollaton with an ability to recognise the interdependent nature of geography and understand that no geographical concept is learned in isolation. Underpinning this is the design of our curriculum, which has an interleaved approach, weaving both human and physical content with key geographical concepts, such as the formation of landforms. Our core concepts are revisited a number of times through the curriculum, but through the lens of a new environment, so students build their knowledge and apply prior learning to enhance their geographical understanding over time. Through investigation and case studies, both inside and outside the classroom, the curriculum cultivates students’ geographical curiosity. There are a number of fieldwork opportunities including coastal and urban investigations for students to experience. Not only this, but as students progress on their geographical journey, the curriculum encourages them to recognise their role in current environmental issues, allowing them to become more conscience of their own social responsibility.

AQA GCSE Geography (8035)

Students study the AQA course and are assessed in three exams at the end of year 11. These three papers are:

Living with the physical environment (35%)

Challenges in the human environment (35%)

Geographical applications and skills (30%)

Paper 1: Living with the physical environment (35%)

  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 88 marks (including 3 marks for spelling, punctuation, grammar and specialist terminology)
  • Section A: answer all questions (33 marks)
  • Section B: answer all questions (25 marks)
  • Section C: answer any two questions from questions 3, 4 and 5 (30 marks)
  • Question types: multiple-choice, short answer, levels of response, extended prose

Paper 2: Challenges in the human environment (35%)

  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 88 marks (including 3 marks for spelling, punctuation, grammar and specialist terminology)
  • Section A: answer all questions (33 marks)
  • Section B: answer all questions (30 marks)
  • Section C: answer question 3 and one from questions 4, 5 or 6 (25 marks)
  • Question types: multiple-choice, short answer, levels of response, extended prose

Paper 3: Geographical applications (30%)

  • Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • 76 marks (including 6 marks for spelling, punctuation, grammar and specialist terminology)
  • Pre-release resources booklet made available 12 weeks before Paper 3 exam
  • Section A: answer all questions (37 marks)
  • Section B: answer all questions (39 marks)
  • Question types: multiple-choice, short answer, levels of response, extended prose

Resources

AQA GCSE Geography Specification
GCSE Google Classroom: xfs3gxq
Seneca Learning:
Y7 Seneca class code: e8u0mex3hb
Y8 Seneca class code: vkutkpqree
GCSE Seneca class code: 2jp3re615z
BBC Bitesize

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Sutton Passeys Crescent
Wollaton Park
Nottingham
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