“Rain came down, floods rose, gales blew and hurled themselves against that house, and it did not fall: it was founded on rock.” Matthew 7:25

Vision    

The geography department at Mount Carmel aims to provide all pupils with skills for life and valuable knowledge of the world around them, especially the UK. By studying geography, we inspire pupils to be curious and fascinated about the world and its people.  Pupils will explore and develop knowledge of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments; together with an understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.  

Through studying geography, pupils are given the opportunity to develop literacy and numeracy skills in the context of real-life situations and through exploring detailed case studies.  Pupils are also given the opportunity to investigate the world around them with practical investigations and field trips to geographical locations, improving their self-confidence and giving them the knowledge needed for GCSE.  Furthermore, they collect, analyse and communicate a range of data, whilst developing skills to interpret a range of sources of geographical information and communicate this information through maps, diagrams and writing at length. 

We want pupils to love geography and know that they will get stimulating lessons with the support and care provided by the department.  Geography is all around us and as such is an ideal subject to prepare pupils for future challenges, be it further study or entrance to the world of work.    

Intent KS4   

KS4 curriculum

At key stage 4, pupils work towards the AQA GCSE in geography.  This course allows us more of a focus on UK geography which we feel suits the majority of our pupils’ needs. It also allows us to develop fieldwork skills with the aim to promote a greater uptake of geography beyond Mount Carmel into Level 3 qualifications. We encourage all pupils across the ability range to opt for geography GCSE and we differentiate resources and tasks where appropriate to allow the course to be accessed by all pupils regardless of ability or background. We have a keen focus on literacy as many of the key geographical terms are rooted with interesting etymology. We use a variety of resources, both bought in and made within the department and this allows for the natural building of skills and knowledge through the 3 year key stage 3 and into the 2 year KS4 course.

How will the subject be assessed?

Paper 1: Living with the physical environment

What's assessed:  The challenge of natural hazards; the living world; physical landscapes in the UK; geographical skills.

How it's assessed:
• Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
• 88 marks (including 3 marks for spelling, punctuation, grammar and specialist terminology (SPaG))
• 35% of GCSE

Questions:
• Section A: answer all questions (33 marks)
• Section B: answer all questions (25 marks)
• Section C: answer any two questions from questions 3, 4 and 5 (30 marks)
• Question types: multiple-choice, short answer, levels of response, extended prose

Paper 2: Challenges in the human environment

What's assessed:  Urban issues and challenges; the changing economic world; the challenge of resource management; geographical skills. 

How it's assessed:
• Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
• 88 marks (including 3 marks for SPaG)
• 35% of GCSE

Questions:
• Section A: answer all questions (33 marks)
• Section B: answer all questions (30 marks)
• Section C: answer question 3 (coasts) and question 4 (rivers) (25 marks)
• Question types: multiple-choice, short answer, levels of response, extended prose

Paper 3: Geographical applications

What's assessed: issue evaluation; fieldwork; geographical skills.
How it's assessed: 
• Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
• 76 marks (including 6 marks for SPaG)
• 30% of GCSE
• Pre-release resources booklet made available 12 weeks before Paper 3 exam

Questions:
• Section A: answer all questions (37 marks)
• Section B: answer all questions (39 marks)
• Question types: multiple-choice, short answer, levels of response, extended prose

Enrichment and / or extra curricular activities    

•    GCSE classes have a compulsory field trip to Cleveleys Beach and Salford Quays as part of their course.
•    KS3 carry out fieldwork investigations into weather and water on site. 
•    Geography is strongly linked to the Eco Club 

Impact:

Next steps (College, University, career)    

What can the subject prepare me for?

The course is designed to prepare learners for further qualifications in geography and earth sciences, including: environmental science, geology, biology, chemistry, physics and engineering.  In addition, learners will develop a broad knowledge of the human and environmental elements of the world around them, including: business, trade, finance, climate issues, population and the economy.

The following transferable skills are present throughout the geography curriculum:
•    Teamwork
•    Communication
•    Research
•    Problem solving
•    Graphical skills
•    Statistics
•    Self-assessment
•    Evaluation
•    Leadership
•    Presentation
•    Literacy skills, including extended writing
•    Map skills
•    Internet based research
•    Geographical locations

Additional resources:    

AQA GCSE geography specification at a glance : 

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/gcse/geography-8035/specification-at-a-glance

For geography students and to help answer exam questions:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zkw76sg

Support for the geographical applications element of the course: 

https://www.geography-fieldwork.org/gcse/

Support for geographical knowledge (both physical and human):

https://www.internetgeography.net/