Huish Academy

Geography

Exploring the infinite possibilities for adventure that planet Earth offers us

 

If you have enjoyed Geography during Key Stage 3 then you should continue with the subject at GCSE. Geography is the exploration of our planet, if you are interested in the world around you, be that the natural or the human environment, then opt for GCSE Geography. There are so many ways of learning in geography. It is often practical with opportunities to learn new skills such as modern computer based mapping (called GIS), map skills, interpreting photographs, fieldwork skills, presenting, role play and debating techniques. It is important to note that Geography is an academic subject and the quality of your written communication is very important to your chances of success in the subject. If you are unsure of whether or not Geography is the subject for you then look at your target level and report from this year and speak to your Geography teacher.

KS3 Geography
Course Overview Geography is taught to all students in Year 7-9, following this student may opt to study Geography at GCSE and A Level which many students choose to do, Huish currently has more students studying geography than any other Somerset school. Our current Key Stage 3 curriculum is shown below:

Year 7

  1. Half-Term 1: It's your planet!
  2. Half-Term 2: UK Geography
  3. Half-Term 3: Africa
  4. Half-Term 4: Maps and Landscapes
  5. Half-Term 5: Rivers
  6. Half-Term 6: Glaciation

Year 8

  1. Half-Term 1: Biomes
  2. Half-Term 2: China
  3. Half-Term 3: Natural Hazards
  4. Half-Term 4: Weather and Climate
  5. Half-Term 5: Waterworks
  6. Half-Term 6: Russia

Year 9

  1. Half-Term 1: Coasts
  2. Half-Term 2: Globalization
  3. Half-Term 3: Into Africa
  4. Half-Term 4: Climate Change
  5. Half-Term 5: Future Floods
  6. Half-Term 6: Tourism

GCSE Geography
GCSE Geography (OCR b) At the academy we follow OCR specification B. This is assessed via two exams in Year 11 and one piece of controlled assessment. The Key Themes examination is 50% of the final grade and is assessed on 3 of the 4 following themes: Theme 1: Rivers and Coasts Theme 2: Population and Settlement Theme 3: Natural hazards Theme 4: Economic development There is also a Sustainable Decision Making Exercise (SDME), this will be related to one of the aforementioned themes, the chosen theme rotates each year, this year it is Economic development. This examination is 25% of the final grade. Students will be presented with a decision and they must decide upon which the most sustainable option is. The most recent SDME was related to how best to manage cyclones in Bangladesh. Students will have a resource booklet in the exam and will answer short answer questions on this resource booklet followed by a written report related to an issue from the resource booklet. Controlled Assessment is worth 25% of the final GCSE grade. This is one written report based on fieldwork that the students undertake in Year 10. Recent controlled assessments have been related to tourism in Bath and sustainable planning is Bristol city centre. Students visit the area and conduct fieldwork, they then complete research related to the area of study. Finally students write a 2000 word report based on their findings. Current Year 10 will visit Bristol to investigate coastal management along the Jurassic Coast.

Fieldwork:

Location Date Year
Lulworth Cove 22rd – 25th September 9
Sicily 7th – 11th September
Weymouth Friday 16th October 12
Lyme Regis Thurs 17th November 12
Taunton Fri 10th February 12
Bristol March 18th – 20th 10
River Parrett June 27th – 1st July 7

James Moncur

Mr Moncur has taught Geography in a number of locations over the years. Originally from North West England, Mr Moncur has taught in Manchester, Bangkok, Bahrain and Stoke Sub Hamdon before arriving at Huish Episcopi. Mr Moncur teaches across all key stages. Aside from Geography, Mr Moncur is passionate about music, travel, books and Crewe Alexandra FC.


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