With a team of geography graduates and situated, as we are, in the beautiful Wye Valley AONB, the department seeks to foster a curiosity and love for the world around us amongst all our students. Where possible and practical we aim to take students outside of the classroom in order to ‘bring learning to life’. This may take the form of microclimate fieldwork on the school field in Year 7 or culminate in the week long A level residential in Exmoor.
Mr G Calderbank – Head of Department, email: Geography@jkhs.org.uk
Miss L Jones
Mr R Wallace (Assistant Headteacher, Head of Sixth Form)
Mr Greg Calderbank
Head of Geography
Key Stage 3
In KS3 students will study a variety of topics that will introduce them to the diverse nature of the subject. As you will see in the table below, some of the topics studied will appear familiar whilst others may (at first) be less recognizable as being ‘traditional’ geography! We aim to provide our students with as broad a range of study as possible, with a balance between both physical and human geography. At JKHS, our programme of study is closely linked to the requirements of the National Curriculum, whilst at the same time ensuring the best possible foundation for those students who will go on to study geography further at GCSE and post 16. We use a variety of teaching methods that includes group work, presentations, IT and fieldwork.
Key Stage 4
Geography GCSE (Sept 2016 onwards)
Exam board: Edexcel – Spec B
What topics are covered?
Students will study a total of nine topics over the two years of the GCSE course. All nine topics will be examined at the end of Year 11 in three papers of varying length and weighting. In each area of study candidates will consider the values and attitudes of decision makers, consider their own values and attitudes to the issues being studied and support their learning of ideas through the study of specific case studies. Candidates will also develop a variety of geographical skills, which will broaden and deepen existing knowledge and be employed with a greater degree of independence.
Paper 1 (37.5%) will cover the following topics:
Challenges of an urbanising world
Paper 2 (37.5%) will cover the following topics:
The UK’s evolving physical environment
The UK’s evolving human landscape
Geographical investigations – A river study and urban study
Paper 3 (25%) will be based on a resource booklet and will test students synoptic understanding of the final 3 topics:
People and the biosphere
Forests under threat
Consuming energy resources
Through the use of contemporary material and examples, students will be required to use the information in the resource booklet to make a decision about an issue and to justify that decision with evidence and arguments produced on the back of the material provided.
Key Stage 5
Post 16 geography at JKHS is delivered by all three members of the department, who focus on areas of particular interest and expertise. Students study the Edexcel geography specification which is a balance of both human & physical geography. Whilst the topics studied at A level are selected to link closely with what students have studied previously at GCSE, it is not a requirement for students to have taken GCSE geography prior to studying A level; indeed some of our most successful students in the past have joined us without a GCSE in geography!
The highlight of post 16 geography at JKHS is the Year 12 residential field-trip to the FSC centre at Nettlecombe Court in Somerset. Students spend a week in the field working in small groups and individually collecting data from a variety of locations, including the River Holford and at Porlock Bay. The students will then work on analysing and presenting their data to draw conclusions. This fieldwork is undertaken in order that the students can produce their own individual investigation that contributes 20% of their overall A-level grade.
Geography A Level (Sept 2016 onwards)
Exam board: Edexcel
What topics are covered?
Students will study a total of eight topics: four in Year 12 and four in Year 13. All eight topics will be examined at the end of Year 13 in three papers of varying length and weighting. The final element of assessment will require all students to produce an individual investigation of their choice and design which will be internally marked and externally moderated. In each area of study candidates will consider the values and attitudes of decision makers, consider their own values and attitudes to the issues being studied and support their learning of ideas through the study of specific case studies. Candidates will also develop a variety of geographical skills, which will broaden and deepen existing knowledge and be employed with a greater degree of independence.
Paper 1 (30%) will cover the following topics:
The water cycle & water insecurity
The carbon cycle & energy security
Coasts – landscapes & management*
Paper 2 (30%) will cover the following topics:
Migration, identity & sovereignty
Paper 3 (20%) will be based on a resource booklet and will test students synoptic understanding of all aspects of the course through the use of contemporary material and examples
Paper 4 (20%) an Individual investigation of between 3000 – 4000 words based on the students own data collection undertaken during the residential fieldtrip (cost approx. £400). Assistance is available to help with the cost of fieldwork through the sixth form bursary and access fund.
Topics indicated with * will comprise the AS exam: two papers with equal weighting that will be sat in the summer of Year 12. Students will be required to pass the AS exam in order to continue to A2, although the AS qualification will not contribute towards their final A2 grade.