Geography is a study of the Earth on which we live, in this subject we study a range of physical and human geography topics.

We also look at the interactions that humans have with the environment and the impacts that this has on people and places. We have four full time subject specialists in the department.

Geography Department

NameInitialsE-mailTelephone
Miss Sally NormanSGNsnorman@nunthorpe.co.uk01642 310561 ext.126
Mr Alistair ArmstrongAAaarmstrong@nunthorpe.co.uk01642 310561 ext.164
Miss Amelia O'ByrneAOaobyrne@nunthorpe.co.uk01642 310561 ext.126
Miss Emily Woodmass EWewoodmass@nunthorpe.co.uk01642 310561 ext.126

Key Stage 3

Geography is delivered in Years 7, 8 and 9 at Key Stage 3.

Year 7

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Map skills Rivers and Flooding Africa

Year 8

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Ecosystems Indigenous Cultures Risky World

Year 9

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Climate Change Population and Resources Tourism

Scheme of Work

The scheme of work which will be used at KS3 can be found here.

Key Stage 4

Studying Geography is optional, and students will opt to to carry on with their studies from Key Stage Three. Classes are made up of both Year 10 and Year 11 students.

Year 10

Current Year 10s are following the new Geography specification, for which the first exams will be held in Summer 2018. The Specification for the new Year 10 course is AQA Geography GCSE (9-1) 8035. The weighting of the topics in this new exam are as follows:

  • Paper 1 – Living with Physical Environment 35% of GCSE;
  • Paper 2 – Challenges in the Human Environment 35% of GCSE;
  • Paper 3 – Geographical Applications 30% of GCSE.

Year 11

Current Year 11s are completing the final year of the old Geography specification, and the final exams will be held in Summer 2017. The Specification for the Year 11 course is AQA specification A. The weighting of the topics in the Year 11 exams are as follows:

  • GCSE: Physical Geography – 37.5%;
  • GCSE: Human Geography – 37.5%;
  • GCSE: Controlled Assessment – 25%.

The controlled assessment has to take place in the classroom and no rewrites or drafts are allowed. A degree of preparation can take place at home. This will be based in the local area and there will be a charge of up to £20 per student for the fieldwork element depending on the topic selected.

Assessment

Both Year 10 and Year 11 students are regularly assessed each term using exam questions and extended writing pieces.

Scheme of Work

The scheme of work which will be used at KS4 can be found here.

Key Stage 5

Studying Geography is optional and Years Twelve and Thirteen will complete their academy based studies.

Year 12

Current Year 12’s are following the new Edexcel geography specification, 8GEO for AS Geography and 9GEO for the A-Level qualification. The weighting of the topics in this new exam are as follows:

AS

  • Paper 1 AS – Physical Geography, Dynamic Landscapes 50%;
  • Paper 2 AS – Human Geography, Dynamic Places 50%.

A-Level

  • Paper 1 A2 – Physical Geography, Dynamic Landscapes 30%;
  • Paper 2 A2 – Human Geography, Dynamic Places 30%;
  • Paper 3 A2 – Synoptic Paper based on pre released material 20%;
  • Paper 4 A2 – Independent Investigation 20%.

Assessment

Students will be assessed throughout their Key Stage Five studies with exam questions and extended pieces of writing.

Year 13

Current Year 13’s are completing the final year of the old Geography specification, and the final exams will be held in Summer 2017. The specification for the Year 13 course is Edexcel 9GEO1. The weighting of the topics in the Year 13 exams are as follows:

  • Paper 1 A2: Contested Planet – 60% of A2;
  • Paper 2 A2: Geographical Research – 40% of A2.

Key Coursework Deadlines

Year Thirteen coursework is an independent investigation based on students own fieldwork and research. To collect data for their investigation students will be required to attend a 2 day residential which will cost approximately £200. Details of this can be found in the 6th form prospectus. The final deadline for Year Thirteen coursework is likely to be in March. This will be confirmed to students at the earliest opportunity.

Scheme of Work

The scheme of work which will be used at KS5 can be found here.