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The Geography Curriculum at BGGS

“Geography underpins a lifelong ‘conversation’ about the earth as the home of humankind.”

Geographical Association

 

The study of geography stimulates an interest in, and a sense of wonder about, places. It helps young people make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world. It explains where places are, how places and landscapes are formed, how people and their environment interact and how a diverse range of economies, societies and environments are interconnected. It builds on pupils' own experiences to investigate places at all scales; from the personal to the global.

“Geography encourages questioning, investigation and critical thinking about issues affecting the world and people's lives, now and in the future. Fieldwork is an essential element of this. Pupils learn to think spatially and use maps, visual images and new technologies to obtain, present and analyse information. Geography inspires pupils to become global citizens by exploring their own place in the world, their values and their responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet” - Geographical Association

Geography underpins a lifelong ‘conversation’ about the earth as the home of humankind. Geography therefore contributes to a balanced education for all our students at Bordesley Green Girls’ School.

Geography is challenging, motivating, extremely topical and engaging. In our diverse society students need, more than ever before, to understand other people and cultures.

The Geography Department believe that geographical knowledge, concepts and skills are essential components of a broad and balanced curriculum. Geography makes a major contribution to students’ physical, intellectual, social and emotional development, what other subject tells us so much about the great issues of our age?

Geography must be a rigorous study of the real world. It must seek explanations about how the world works and help us think about alternative futures.

Students who study Geography at our school will be well-rounded individuals, developing many transferable skills from across the curriculum. They display empathy towards others and can critically think about issues facing the world and apply them across a range of geographical scales. The students will perceive their place in the world and take the knowledge and understanding gained into their future.

 ‘Geography is concerned with the study of places, the human and physical processes which shape them and the people who live in them. It helps students to make sense of their surroundings and to gain a better appreciation and understanding of the variety of physical and human conditions on the earth’s surface.’ KS3 to KS5 Geography at BGGS will engage and develop students’ skills and knowledge and provide an excellent platform for their future education and careers.

How we assess the impact of what your child is taught:

GEOGRAPHY

How will classwork be marked/

monitored/

graded/

self-assessed?

KS3

Tick marked/self-assessed every 3 weeks. WWW (What Worked Well) & EBI (Even Better If…) used.

KS4

Tick marked/self-assessed every 3 weeks. Tick marked/self-assessed every 3 weeks minimum. WWW (What Worked Well) & EBI (Even Better If…) used.

KS5

Exam questions and spot check of notes completion.  Marked questions will receive feedback. Tick marked/self-assessed every 3 weeks minimum. WWW (What Worked Well) & EBI (Even Better If…) used.

What classwork will be marked?

KS3

All content and homework tick marked with Geography stamp or stickers and/or marking codes.

WWW (What Worked Well) & EBI (Even Better If…) used and students asked to respond to EBI accordingly.

KS4

All content and homework tick marked with Geography stamp or stickers and/or marking codes

KS5

Exam questions only and spot check of notes completion.

How will students ‘reflect’ on marking/ feedback?

KS3

Complete DIRT sheets in green pen following assessments & correct mistakes in green pen

Peer and self-assessment used.

Students will respond to EBI comments in exercise books.

KS4

Complete DIRT sheets in green pen following assessments

Correct mistakes in green pen

Peer and self-assessment used.

Students will respond to EBI (Even Better If…)  comments in exercise books.

KS5

After longer style exam questions /essays, students will receive feedback and/or be given opportunity to reflect and change content at least once every half term.

How will Homework be marked/ monitored/ graded?

KS3:

Regular homework will be checked weekly for completion and accuracy.  Homework will be marked with WWW (What Worked Well) & EBI (Even Better If…) and students encouraged to respond to EBI.

KS4:

Regular homework will be checked weekly for completion and accuracy.  Exam questions will be commented on and graded/scored.

KS5:

Essays will be graded/scored and commented on

What are the formal Assessments? When are they marked?

All assessment completed will be marked and students given DIRT time to reflect on feedback, mark schemes to improve their answers.  This applies to KS3, KS4 and KS5.

Formal assessment includes KS3-end of unit tests.

Past GCSE exam paper for KS4/mock exams in December for KS4 and January for KS5.

KS5: End of unit tests, graded and teacher comments given, self -assessment and peer assessment as necessary.