Moon Hall College Geography

Key Stage 3

In Geography we look at physical and human aspects of the world. We try to understand why they are there, how they happened and how they are changing so that we can appreciate what our futures might be like.

We look at a whole range of topics such as settlements and urban issues, natural hazards such as volcanoes, earthquakes and flooding, deserts and tropical rainforests, the countries of Italy, Japan and the developing world.

As well as using a range of traditional methods such as atlases and OS maps we also use a wide range of visual images as we study both photographs and video. By following current events in the news the relevance of Geography to everyday life is learnt.

We have the opportunity to go on field trips, for example studying how our local town centres are changing or further afield to explore areas of coastline.

Key Stage 4 – GCSE

Students studying GCSE Geography will use the AQA exam board. This currently involves 3 units of work under these headings:

  • Physical Geography – 1.5 hour exam at the end of Year 11
  • Human Geography – 1.5 hour exam at the end of Year 11
  • Controlled Assessment – an enquiry based on fieldwork completed during Year 11

At the moment the topics chosen to be studied are:

Physical: Restless Earth (volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis), the Living World (ecosystems), the Coastal Zone

Human: Population Change, Changing Urban Environments, Tourism

Controlled Assessment: based on an enquiry into the impacts of tourism on Brighton

The examination is currently done on a tiered basis offering foundation and higher level papers. There is relatively little extended writing required, especially in the foundation paper, which can make this well regarded academic subject accessible for dyslexic students. There is usually some map work, possibly using OS maps, photographic analysis, diagrams, models and basic graphs. All of these skills and techniques are started during KS3 and continually revisited in Year 10 and 11.