Geography

Key Stage 5

What can students do to develop their skills in this subject area?

  • Attend additional revision sessions and crammers as and when they are offered.
  • Ask teachers for information on geographical events beyond the Academy.
  • Create a comprehensive revision guide for the unit of work that you are studying.
  • Create a glossary of geographical vocabulary and terminology and update this regularly.
  • Ask teachers for access to past exam papers/sample questions and answers.
  • Read Geofiles (available in 60N and online).
  • Loan out books from the library and 60N to further studies.
  • Further your understanding of case studies by researching detail beyond what is taught in the classroom.
  • Complete examination preparatory questions beyond what the teacher asks of you.
  • Enhance mathematical skills that link to Geography by applying ideas from your mathematical background and techniques taught in lessons to enhance your controlled assessment.
  • Watch then news and keep up to date with current events and their link to Geography and consider their perspective on these issues.

What wider reading can be completed to support the curriculum?

  • Students could read and critically evaluate the presentation of Geography within any national newspapers.
  • Subscribe to National Geographical magazine.
  • Join the Geographical Association.
  • Ask teaching staff if they have texts you can borrow related to any areas of the course you are particularly interested in.

The following texts may be of interest:

  • National Geographic Magazines.
  • AQA textbooks and revision guides.
  • Travel writing (e.g. Bill Bryson/Michael Palin).
  • America Unchained – Dave Gorman.
  • Works by Doreen Massey (Changing Places).

What websites could students visit to support the curriculum?

www.nhm.ac.uk
www.rgs.org
www.ready.gov/volcanoes
www.fema.gov
www.usgs.gov
www.metoffice.gov.uk
www.environment-agency.gov.uk
www.100people.org
www.oxfam.org.uk
www.cia.gov
www.nhc.noaa.gov
www.earth.google.co.uk
www.earthfromtheair.com
ww2.defra.gov.uk
www.gapminder.org
www.aqa.org.uk
www.cia.gov
www.youtube.com - YouTube account for Mr Parr for Geographical songs.

Can television and film assist with supporting the curriculum?

Certain television programmes can be useful:

  • Planet Earth (BBC).
  • Coast series (BBC2).
  • Kevin Mcleod Slumming it (Channel 4).
  • Search Dr Iain Stewart in YouTube for tectonics and processes.
  • Operation Iceberg
  • An Inconvenient Truth (Climate Change).
  • Various BBC documentaries by Simon Reeve, covering both physical and human geographical themes.
  • Watch the news for stories with a geographical connection.
  • Countryfile.

Watching films such as:

  • The Impossible.
  • Hotel Rwanda.
  • Favela Rising.
  • Slumdog Millionaire.
  • The Full Monty.

How can parents/carers help and what can be done at home?

  • Discuss and debate current affairs, particularly issues related directly to Geography, economy, politics and society, e.g. EU referendum, climate change meetings, disaster priority and aid, etc.
  • Assist students in visiting places of interest – such as the Yorkshire coastline, cities studied in the course, etc.
  • Visit places of Geographical interest, either locally (e.g. Lincolnshire Wolds, Hubbard's Hills, Rimac Saltmarsh, Hull) or further afield (e.g. Dorset coastline, The Eden Project, Brimham Rocks, London, Leeds, etc).
  • When on holiday, take note of human and physical environments such as coastal processes, cultural behaviour and transport systems.
  • Look for evidence of Geography where you might not expect to find it, e.g. sporting rivalries, museums, adverts, music and art.
  • Support Geography Club to be able to articulate geographical ideas to younger students.
  • Find out about or join a conservation organisation e.g. WWF, Woodland Trust, Surfers Against Sewage.

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