Our aim is to help students become more informed about the issues and problems facing people and the environment, so they will be able to participate in making decisions about their future in a more meaningful way.
Students will investigate a range of topics: from fashion and football to crime and war, from volcanoes and earthquakes to flooding and storms. Current news events play an important part in keeping our geography up to date: tropical cyclones, earthquakes, biofuels and food, nuclear power, conflict - if it’s to do with people and place, it's geography!
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Geography at Key Stage 3 aims to develop key geographical skills that students will need across all KS3 modules, into GCSE geography and beyond. These include map interpretation, gathering information from photographs, graphs, data and written sources, sketching and annotating maps and diagrams and describing and explaining ideas.
Geography Key Stage 3 modules vary in length. Each one has its own learning journey which is assessed at the end of the unit by a Key Assessment Task. This is completed in the final lesson of the module and marked to provide students with a National Curriculum level and feedback to help them improve their geographical skills into the next module.
Module 1: Geography Expedition
As an introduction to the subject, we start to develop a "Sense of Place", starting with our local area, and moving outwards.
Module 2: Football & Fashion & Geography
We investigate how the game of Football and the Fashion industry are important money making businesses who employ people across the globe. We look at some of the different impacts that they have in rich and poor countries.
Module 3: Rivers and Flooding
An introduction to the causes of Floods, their impacts, and different ways that they can be managed.
Module 1: Volcanoes and Earthquakes
An introduction to the causes of Volcanoes and Earthquakes, their impacts, and different ways that people respond to them. We make use of the most recent case studies, for example we are currently using the Haiti Earthquake, the Christchurch earthquake, and the Icelandic volcano that nobody can pronounce!
Module 2: Different types of Industries
An introduction to the different types of Industry – Primary, eg Mining and Farming; Secondary or Manufacturing; Tertiary or the Service Sector and Quaternary or modern high tech research and communications.
Module 3: Settlements
A look at the reasons for why towns originally started where they did. Going on to find out why some towns are thriving and growing, and others are declining.
Module 4: China and Japan
There is a common misconception amongst many of our students that Japan and China are pretty much the same place!!! We aim to rectify this, and develop a greater understanding in all students about the changes that are happening in China, and the growth of the biggest economy in the world!
Are you interested in the world around you? Do you ask why places are like they are? Would you like be more informed about things that you hear on the news about issues such as global warming and nuclear power? If the answer is yes then Geography GCSE will help you answer these questions and give you understanding of the natural and human world around you.
The course builds on some topics that you will have studied in Years 7 and 8 such as rivers, tectonics and map skills but also new ones such as urban environments and why populations change.
Expect to learn through independent learning and in small groups, through written tasks, role play and decision-making. There will be lots of opportunities to use and develop your literacy, numeracy and ICT skills.
Fieldwork is an important and enjoyable part of the subject at GCSE. You will have to be involved in at least two fieldwork visits during the course and you will then be examined on the skills that you used to do that field work.
A good geographer has good literacy, scientific and numeracy to be able to understand the processes of the earth and how they affect people and the environment. You should chose geography if you are interested in the world economics, politics, social and environmental change.
We follow the AQA exam specifications for the new GCSE 9-1 course. The course will be 100% examination. 70% is about the taught subject content and is examined by 2 x 1hr 30 exams.
Exam 1: 35% 1hr 30 Physical geography
Exam 2: 35% 1hr 30 Human geography
Exam 3: 30% 1hr 15 Geographical applications. 15% relates to the fieldwork skills experienced and 15% is about pre-released material which pupils will have seen in advance of the exam.
KS5 Geography offers the opportunity to challenge yourself to understand the world, its economic, environmental and social systems and how they interact.
At Melksham Oak Community School we offer an AS level qualification (Exam board AQA) where we study Coasts, Hazards, Changing places and Global systems and Governance. This offers a challenging curriculum which is integrated into the A-level syllabus.
After AS (which no longer counts towards the A-level result) Pupils may then follow on to A-level where they undertake a 4000 word dissertation style independent project using skills developed at AS- level. They will also complete further units on Carbon and the Water cycles, and contemporary urban environments which they will be examined on alongside the content taught in year 12.
Students who study geography will often have an all-round abililty in Science, Maths and English and many who take it do so to compliment and give a real context to these other subjects. Due to the challenging syllabus and requirement to excel in many other areas, we expect pupils to achieve a B at GCSE to be able to start the course.
KS5 geography is an exciting, challenging and practical subject which is well regarded by universities and colleges as rigorously academic. Geography is really a very broad subject which may offer a whole range of job opportunities from more obvious roles such as working in the environmental sector to less obvious roles such looking at data patterns for marketing companies such as google. Please see the attached for a summary of the A-level syllabus.
At the heart of The White Horse Federation is a belief in using collaboration to provide a first-class education to a wide range of children. This means that every child understands what they are capable of, and can collectively strive for excellence.
Following the Government announcements, we've taken the decision to close the school until further notice. We appreciate this is a difficult time for everyone as we all make personal sacrifices for the greater good of the nation. Where possible, we've tried to contact parents and carers who registered as Key Workers, those with vulnerable children, or who collect Free School Meals. If we have not managed to contact you, here is some further information:
Children of Key Workers
If you need support with childcare because both parents of the child(ren) are critical key workers, then we will do our best to support you while you're on the frontline. This school is now closed, however, we have designated schools within the White Horse Federation that are still operating as hubs. We will organise childcare for your child(ren) at one of these locations. Please contact one of the White Horse Federation Coordinators using the chat facility on the website. You can launch this by clicking the ? in the bottom left of the screen.
Children who are Vulnerable
The White Horse Federation has deemed vulnerable children to be those without adequate care or protection at home or with significant health needs. Given the current Government guidance at this point in time, we deem the safest place to be at the parent's or carer's home. If you believe this is not the case for your child(ren), then please contact one of the White Horse Federation Coordinators using the chat facility on the website. You can launch this by clicking the ? in the bottom left of the screen.
Children who collect Free School Meals
We are making every effort to ensure children who collect Free School Meals have access to food. To that effect we will be supplying parents and carers of children who collect Free School Meals with vouchers to cover the cost of 20 days’ worth of lunches from Tuesday 24th March through to Monday 4th May. The vouchers are ordered and we are currently awaiting receipt of them before the end of the week. We have contact details of those who are registered as receiving Free School Meals and will contact you directly. If you're concerned that we don't have your details, then please contact one of the White Horse Federation Coordinators using the chat facility on the website. You can launch this by clicking the ? in the bottom left of the screen.
We will endeavour to continue the learning for all our children despite these setbacks. You should know that the teaching staff at your school have worked tirelessly both day and night to manage this situation to the best of our ability. Our nation is triumphant against adversity, and we have every confidence we will return to our normal lives as soon as possible. Please take care of yourself and loved ones while we all work through this together.