Geography

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In Geography we find out about interesting and wonderful places. Geography helps us make sense of our complex and changing world. It explains how places and landscapes are formed, and how people and environments interact. We find out how different societies, economies and environments are connected.

We learn to investigate our world at different scales, building on what we already know. We investigate issues affecting the world and people's lives.

We ask questions and think critically about the world, today, and in the future.

Sometimes we learn though fieldwork. We learn to think spatially, using maps, images and ICT. With them we find, present and analyse information. Geography helps us to become global citizens. We explore our place in the world, our values and responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet.

All geography lessons are taught by well-qualified, specialist geography teachers, led by the Head of Geography, Graeme Eyre. Geography falls under the humanities department and the Head of Department, Andrew Sutherland.

If geography itself has any significance it is that we are made to lift our eyes from our small provincial selves to the whole complex and magnificent world. Richard Burton

Curriculum

The Key Stage Three curriculum at Anglo European is designed to meet the statutory requirements while at the same time engage and motivate learners. All topics are taught using a variety of up to date resources to make the topics relevant to pupil's lives.

Setting Arrangements

In Year 7 all students are taught Geography in mixed-ability groups following a detailed syllabus and core schemes of work. In Year 8 and Year 9, students are set by ability based on their performance in Geography and History.

At GCSE we also set by ability. In Year 10 and 11 students follow the CCEA geography syllabus. The number of sets varies depending on the number of students opting to study geography.

Assessment Practices

In KS3, students are assessed using a common assessment tasks at the end of each half term and the through an annual examination taken under formal examination conditions. Students are assessed using National Curriculum criteria. All students are assessed and graded at key points during the year, including common assessments half termly which, along with the teacher's professional judgment is used to inform setting decisions.

In GCSE Geography students receive regular end of unit tests which allows their progress to be monitored towards their GCSE target. There are also internal practise examinations; these take place in February for Year 10 students and in January for Year 11 students. Students are issued a central timetable for these exams during registration just before the exam session.
Self-assessment and peer assessment opportunities are deeply embedded in all unit of work.

I am a citizen not of Athens or Greece, but of the World, Socrates.

Independent Learning

Students are expected to organise their work independently and meet all deadlines. Students are encouraged plan and draft out longer pieces of work. In addition more able students would be expected to carry out independent research to use in their work alongside their class notes.

Once a week, Key Stage 3 lessons are hosted by the Library and Information Centre to promote readings and research skills.

Geography is the subject which holds the key to our future

Michael Palin

In the event students are unable to attend school for reasons such as emergency snow closure etc they should pursue the following tasks:

Key Stage Three Students

Using the internet find two news stories that are related to your current topic being studied. Read through them and produce a half page summary in your exercise book.

GCSE Geography Students

GCSE Students should use the time to do some revision. Students should read through their notes looking for gaps in their knowledge. They should identify any areas where they don't understand, and if after looking in their textbook they still don't understand, they should check with their geography teacher on their return to school. Students can also attempt the end of chapter review questions that are in their textbook.