Aims

The Geography Department at St Boniface is an optimistic department that promotes the development of Christian attitudes through the breadth of the four key aspects of the National Curriculum:

  • Geographical enquiry and skills
  • Knowledge and understanding of places
  • Knowledge and understanding of patterns and processes
  • Knowledge and understanding of environmental change and sustainable development

We believe that:

  • Students should enquire about the relationships and interactions between mankind and the environment and develop an awareness of the global future
  • Just as the Earth includes all Nations, our department includes all students
  • Every student will have their minds opened and challenged through the study of Geography at St Boniface School
  • Every student’s heart will be opened through the study of development and that they will develop an awareness of global citizenship and the problems of inequality
  • Every students’ hands will be used to develop geographical skills through practical tasks and the use of I.T.

Curriculum

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Term 1:  Fantastic places around the world

Term 2:  Fantastic places around the world continued

Term 3:  Rivers

Term 4:  Coasts

Term 5:  Your Island home: The UK

Term 6:  Tourism and Plymouth, Barbican fieldwork

Year 8

Term 1:  What is Weather and how does it affect us?

Term 2:  World Climates

Term 3:  Forest Ecosystems

Term 4:  Global Warming

Term 5:  Tectonic hazards

Term 6:  Development

Key Stage 4

We deliver the AQA Geography “A” GCSE course from Year 9.  This covers both human and physical geography and is a varied course which promotes a good understanding of places, process and human management.  It covers many opportunities for promotion of literacy and numeracy skill.

The students will study the following themes:

Paper 1:  Living with the Physical Environment

What’s assessed:

  • The challenge of natural hazards
  • The living world
  • Physical landscapes in the UK
  • Geographical skills

How it’s assessed:

  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 88 marks (including 3 marks for spelling, punctuation, grammar and specialist terminology or SPaG)
  • 35% of GCSE

Paper 2:  Challenges in the human environment

What’s assessed:

  • Urban issues and challenges
  • The changing economic world
  • The challenge of resource management
  • Geographical skills

How it’s assessed:

  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 88 marks (including 3 marks for SPaG)
  • 35% of GCSE

Paper 3:  Geographical applications

What’s assessed:

  • Issue evaluation based on pre-released material
  • Fieldwork
  • Geographical skills

How it’s assessed:

  • Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • 76 marks (including 6 marks for SPaG)
  • 30% of GCSE
  • Pre-release resources booklet made available 12 weeks before Paper 3 exam