Geography

Subject leader: Mr Nicholas Brown

Assistant headteacher: Mr Daniel Owen

Both classrooms are fitted with projectors and interactive whiteboards, other facilities include bookable ICT suites and a class set of ipads.

GCSE GEOGRAPHY

Geography GCSE is a popular option subject at KS4 with 4 lessons per fortnight and 2 days fieldwork. The subject is taught in 3 independent units over the 2 years.

Unit 1 (Mr Owen): Section A: Core Themes – Two structured, data response questions assessing Core Theme 1 (Landscapes and Physical Processes) and Core Theme 2 (Rural-urban Links).  Section B: Options – One structured question assessing Theme 3 (Tectonic Landscapes and Hazards).

Unit 2 (Mr Brown): Section A: Core Themes – Two structured, data response questions assessing Core Theme 5 (Weather, Climate and Ecosystems) and Core Theme 6 (Development and Resource Issues).  Section B: Options – One structured question assessing Theme 8 (Environmental Challenges).

Unit 3 (Mr Brown)Fieldwork Unit. One day carrying out a survey on the River Clywedog and One day in Chester City Centre is followed by 9 hours of preparation time for the NEA (Non-Exam Assessment).

You will be assessed by a 2.5 hour non-exam assessment in November of year 11 worth 20% and two 1.5 hour examinations in the following Summer worth 40% each.

We study the WJEC Geography Specification A syllabus.  Follow the link below to view the specification:

http://www.wjec.co.uk/uploads/publications/16126.pdf?language_id=1

There are also lots of past papers for you to try, again, just follow the link below:

https://www.wjec.co.uk/qualifications/qualification-resources.html?pastpaper=true&subject=GeographyA&level=gcse

For revision you can try the DreamTeach Activ sites (register with school code ysg01 if you haven’t already). When logged in, click on resources and you can access all of the materials on there to help revise.

http://www.dreamteachactiv.co.uk/login/

Revision classes for the Summer Examinations run on a Tuesday and Thursday evening in the GEOGRAPHY DEPARTMENT from 3pm until 4pm from December onwards.  ALL WELCOME.

What will you learn about in KS3 GEOGRAPHY?

Students in years 7, 8 and 9 have 3 lessons over a two week period where they discover and learn a huge variety of engaging and relevant topics such as:

Year 7: Place, Tectonics, Svalbard, Geography in the Movies, The Climate Crisis, Clywedog.

Year 8: Population and Migration, Active Japan, Coasts, The Effects of Terrorism, Weather and Climate, Ecosystems (Rainforest and Deserts).

Year 9: Global Development, Global Fashion, Hazards, International Tourism, China and Plastic Waste, The Geography of Crime.

What extra-curricular opportunities are there?

ALL STUDENTS will have the opportunity to take part in the SCHOOL ECO-ACTION TASKFORCE (SEAT) and work on the brand new TYFU PROJECT. 

We will be planting 250 trees on the school site (November 2019), Creating a school allotment (Spring 2020) and an outdoor History Experience Area (Mid 2020).

Debate in Wrexham and possibly Cardiff in the UNITED NATIONS Mock COP, Enter NATIONAL YOUNG GEOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR or YOUNG REPORTER ON THE ENVIRONMENT, Year 7’s can enter THE BETTER ENERGY AWARDS and together we can work towards GREEN TREE SCHOOLS STATUS and ECO-SCHOOLS AWARDS.

The school has already won a number of Eco-Awards and we will be pushing for many more, with the ultimate goals of INTERNATIONAL GREEN FLAG SCHOOL and SECONDARY GEOGRAPHY QUALITY MARK.


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