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Hampstead School

Social Sciences



Mr R McGeorge, Head of Social Sciences

What we aim to do::

Geography is an exciting, dynamic subject that contains elements of both Humanities and Sciences.  We will learn about how humans interact with their environment and how the environment impacts on the lives of humans, about physical processes and how planet earth is shaped.  Geography teaches many transferable skills including an ability to view issues from a wider perspective. High standards are developed by using a variety of ways of learning including drawing maps and diagrams, interpreting images and photographs, role playing and investigative work.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum and Assessment:

A strong emphasis is placed on literacy and numeracy and with lessons including graphical, descriptive, persuasive writing, explanation, model making and creative tasks; all students are assured varied lessons with home learning activities set accordingly.  Students are assessed though a number of different ways focussed around key themes of developing geographical knowledge, the application of geographical skills and the development of geographical extended writing.

In Year 7 the following subject are studied

  • Geological timescales
  • Africa
  • Map and other associated geographical skills
  • Economic change
  • Rocks, soils and weathering
  • Coasts

In Year 8 the following subjects are studied

  • Extreme Environments
  • Development
  • Flooding
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Russia and Asia
  • Resources
  • Childhood around the world

In Year 9 the following subjects are studied

  • China
  • Tectonic Activity
  • Climate Change
  • The Middle East
  • Climate Change
  • Geographical Investigation Skills
  • Fieldwork

Key Stage 4 Curriculum and Assessment:

Unit 1: Geographical Skills and Challenges (25%)     

  • Geographical Skills
  • Challenges for the Planet including climate change and sustainability

Unit 2: The Natural Environment (25%)

  • Tectonic Landscapes
  • River Landscapes
  • Coastal Landscapes
  • A Wasteful World

Unit 3: The Human Environment (25%)

  • Economic Change
  • Population Change
  • Settlement Change
  • A Moving World

Unit 4: Investigating Geography (25%)

Students complete a field investigation and report.  The local fieldwork investigation is a means of assessment where a series of topics for fieldwork is provided. Students complete a geographical investigation which involves the collection and analysis of primary and secondary data. The write up of the investigation takes place under direct supervision in timed conditions.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum and Assessment:

At Year 12, students will study:

  • Unit 1: Global Challenges. This allows a focus on global issues including Hazards and Risk along with Globalisation. This is 60% of the AS course.
  • Unit 2: Fieldwork and Research allows a focus on enquiry within the topics of Rebranding and Extreme Weather. This is 40% of the AS course.

At Year 13, students will study:

  • Unit 3: Contemporary Geographical Issues with a focus on energy insecurity, water insecurity, biodiversity, superpower Geography, development and technology. This is 60% of the A2 course.
  • Unit 4: Geographical Research allows for flexibility of individual study building on synoptic links and primarily focusing on Tectonic Hazards.  This is 40% of the A2 course.

Enrichment Opportunities:

There are many opportunities for extended learning in Geography from independent learning booklets at Key Stage 3 though to seminars and extended writing opportunities St Key Stage 5.

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