Geography

Our KS4 geography curriculum builds upon the foundational work done at KS3 level and the core principles that underpin our curriculum at KS3 are largely transferrable to KS4. 

Exam board: OCR Geography B (Geography for Enquiring Minds) (9-1) - J384.

This qualification is designed to excite and engage our students. It will help to create a lifelong love of geography by providing students with an interest in different places, people and environments, from a local to global scale. The content encourages students to think like geographers through an enquiry approach using contemporary topics of study.

This specification includes inspiring content throughout eight topics areas (4 human geography and 4 physical geography units), encapsulating both the geography of the UK and the rest of the world.

Year 10

 

Topic 1

Global Hazards

 

 

Topic 2

Dynamic Development

 

Topic 3

Urban Futures plus

Human Fieldwork

(sustainable transport Leicester)

 

Topic 4

Distinctive Landscapes

+ Physical fieldwork (River study in the Peak District)

Year 11

 

Topic 1

Sustaining Ecosystems

 

 

Topic 2

Changing Climate

 

Topic 3

Resource Reliance

 

Topic 4

UK in the 21st century

 

All students are issued with a Road Map at the start of the KS4 course in order to track their journey.

 

GEOGRAPHY ON THE TIMETABLE AT SJNGC

At Key Stage 4

Years 10 and 11 will complete assessments at the end of each topic (roughly every half term) to check their understanding. Throughout the unit past exam questions are completed.

After an assessment student get class feedback (as well as individual teacher feedback). Students to make corrections in green pen and complete their Records of Achievement.


KEY STAGE 4 ASSESSMENT

Students are measured against the 9-1 grading system and a culmination of attendance, effort, assessment grades and overall contribution are considered when tracking a student’s performance and progress. Each student is given an effort, current and most likely grade throughout the year at the various data snapshots. Students complete exam questions throughout topics and then complete an end of unit exam.

 

Component

Topic

Marks

Duration

Weighting

01

Our Natural World

70

1 Hour 15 Minutes

35%

02

People and Society

70

1 Hour 15 Minutes

35%

03

Geographical Exploration

60

1 Hour 30 Minutes

30%

Our Natural World (01)

  • Global Hazards
  • Changing Climate
  • Distinctive Landscapes
  • Sustaining Ecosystems
  • Fieldwork and Geographical Skills

People and Society (02)

  • Urban Futures
  • Dynamic Development
  • UK in the 21st Century
  • Resource Reliance
  • Fieldwork and Geographical Skills

 

Geographical Exploration (03)

  • Synoptic Assessment of topics linked to components 01 and 02.
  • Geographical Skills
  • Decision-making Exercise


KEY STAGE 4 TRACKING AND REPORTING

Students at KS4 are tracked using a Record of achievement booklet which is tagged into their books. These are used for students to record their grades on assessed work and to give them a chance to self-reflect. Student performance is measured against the grading system 9-1.


EXTRA-CURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES

In KS4 students attend two fieldwork trips as a compulsory part of their GCSE. Human geography fieldwork is carried out in Leicester city centre, based on the ‘Urban Futures’ unit of work and a river study is undertaken in the Goyt Valley, Peak District, Derbyshire when students are studying the ‘Distinctive Landscapes’ unit of work.

Students also have the opportunity to attend a residential trip to Iceland in July 2024.