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Hampstead School

Social Sciences


Mr T Woudhuysen, 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
  • The Horn of Africa
  • Maps of the world
  • Extreme Places
  • Rocks and Weathering
  • Coastal Landscapes

In Year 8 the following subjects are studied

  • Deserts
  • Development
  • Population
  • Resources
  • China and the Middle East
  • Map and Geographical skills

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:

(Edexcel B Specification GCSE)

Component 1: Global Geographical Issues (37.5%)

  • Topic 1: Hazardous earth
  • Topic 2: Development Dynamics
  • Topic 3: Challenges of an urbanising world

Component 2: UK geographical Issues (37.5%)

  • Topic 4: Coastal Change and River Processes
  • Topic 5: Case Study of a Dynamic UK city
  • Topic 6: One physical and one human fieldwork investigation

Component  3: People and Environment Issues (25%)

  • Topic 7: People and the biosphere
  • Topic 8: Forests under threat
  • Topic 9: Consuming energy resources

Key Stage 5 Curriculum and Assessment (Edexcel Geography AS and A Level)

AS Level

Paper 1 Dynamic Landscapes (50%)

  • Topic 1 Tectonic Landscapes and Processes
  • Topic 2B Coastal Landscapes and Change

    Paper 2 Dynamic Places (50%)

  • Topic 3 Globalisation
  • Topic 4A Regenerating places

A Level

Paper 1 (30%)

  • Topic 1 Tectonic Landscapes and Processes
  • Topic 2B Coastal Landscapes and Change
  • Topic 5 The water cycle and water insecurity
  • Topic 6 The carbon cycle and carbon insecurity

Paper 2 (30%)

  • Topic 3 Globalisation
  • Topic 4A Regenerating places
  • Topic 7 Superpowers
  • Topic 8 Global Development and Connections

Paper 3 (20%)

  • Resource based examination based on synoptic themes

Coursework: Independent Investigation (20%)

  • Student led investigation and report of 3000-4000 words.

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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