• King Ecgbert School,
    Totley Brook Road,
    Dore,
    Sheffield, S17 3QU
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Geography at King Ecgbert School

Students study a mix of human, physical and environmental geography. Students are given the opportunity to study at a range of different scales – local, regional, national and global.

We aim to inspire an interest in places and issues around the world. We want to create a sense of awe and wonder about the world we live in.

Each year 5 or 6 topics are completed, each one lasting half a term. Students are assessed at the end of each topic. Assessments may be in the form of written tests, oral presentations, projects, essays, posters or group work.

Key Stage 3

At KS3 students are taught 2 x one hour periods a week each year. In Year 8 Geography is taught in 3 x 1 hour periods per fortnight. Homework is set three times per half term. There is the opportunity for fieldwork in each year of KS3.

Key Stage 4

GCSE Geography is an option available to all students. The course is taught in 3 x 1 hour periods per week in Y10 and 2 x 1 hour periods per week in Y11. Fieldwork plays an important part of the course.

Currently, controlled assessment accounts for 25% of the final GCSE grade. From 2016 controlled assessment is no longer part of the course, instead there will be an exam based on fieldwork.

Course: Geography AQA Specification A

Students are entered for the examination at either Higher (A*- E) or Foundation (C – G) Level

Geography in the Sixth Form

At KS5 we offer AS and A2 geography. In Year 12 and Year 13 students receive 5 x one hour periods a week. Fieldwork is an important part of the course and is essential for exam success. Students must complete an individual piece of coursework which amounts to 20% of the final grade.

The main fieldwork in Year 12 is a 1 night, 2  day stay at the East Coast when the topics studied include coastal processes and the study of the changes in a local town.

The course is divided into physical and human geography and is taught by 2 members of staff.

Course: Geography AQA is the exam board offered for AS and A2 level.

Year 

Half term

Topics covered

7

1

Fantastic Places – Describing

2

Map skills

3

Earthquakes

4

Brazil

5

Global Issues

6

Castleton – limestone landscapes

 

Year

Half term

Topics covered

8

1

Tourism

2

Volcanoes

3

Population

4

Life in a shanty town

5

Survival

6

Conflict in the local area

 

Year

Half term

Topics covered

9

1

Micro climate field work

2

Japan

3

South Africa

4

Israel Conflict

5

Risky World

6

Fashion and Globalisation

 

Year

Half term

Topics covered

10

1

Restless Earth

2

Restless Earth / Population

3

Population

4

Changing Urban Environments

5

Changing Urban Environments / Controlled Assessment

6

Controlled Assessment

 

Year

Half term

Topics covered

11

1

Tourism

2

Tourism / Water on the land

3

Water on the land

4

Weather and climate

5

Weather and climate

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