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Callington Community College

Callington Community College

Callington Community College

Geography

Head of Department: Mr H Pring 

"Geography is the subject which holds the key to our future"

 - Michael Palin.

 The Geography department at Callington is successful, with a large uptake at both GCSE and A Level.  In 2015 we gained both the Geography Association ‘Quality Mark’ and ‘Centre of Excellence’. Over 371 SGQM awards have been presented worldwide since its launch in 2006, with only 46 centres awarded the Centre of Excellence status.  Callington Community College was the first school in Cornwall to receive the award and to become a Centre of Excellence. 

Classroom teachers are enthusiastic and passionate about the subject and use a variety of teaching styles to inspire a love of Geography. Fieldwork is a key component of our teaching and students have the opportunity to study fieldwork throughout their time at Callington.

The Geography department at Callington Community College aims to build a lifelong learning about our earth and the features that make it so unique. Geography is the study of natural and human patterns on the Earth’s surface and of human links with the environment.

The departments aims to:

  • Fascinate and inspire students about the physical and human beauty of the earth.
  • Develop students understanding and curiosity of the challenges to humanity.
  • Create sensitive, empathetic students, conscious of their place in the earth and their global responsibility.
  • Confident, skilful and employable individuals, who can adapt to a rapidly changing world.

Key Stage 3

The key stage three course has 3 lesson split over two weeks. We aim to introduce students to a wide variety of contemporary issues.

Year 7

Geographical skills

Students learn key geographical skills that will underpin their learning for the next 5 years. We study map skills, graphs skills and use of resources. The aim is to build on students' presentation, analytical and evaluation skills.

Extreme weather

Students will be introduced to the extreme weather across the global. They will study the processes that cause the extreme weather events while looking at their impacts on humans and how we prepare and respond to these events.

Africa

This topic will look at the human and physical features that make Africa so unique. We will be looking at issues of development within the continent and the variety of biomes, focusing on the rainforests.

Local actions , global effects

This topic looks at a variety of global issues and our place in the world. We study topics such as deforestation, climate change, migration and ecological footprints.

Year 8

Tectonics

Students will look at volcanoes and earthquakes, how they are formed and their impacts on humans. We will look in detail at a recent event and how people prepared and responded to the hazard.

Geofactor

What place has the geofactor?? Students will be introduced to a variety of phenomena throughout the world such as Antarctica, The Marina Trench , Everest and The Moving Rocks of Death Valley. Pupils will then have an opportunity to choose their own place with the ‘Geofactor’.

China

What are the features that make this great country a new global player? What are our links with the country and what makes it unique? Students will study the human and physical features of the country and celebrate its diversity.

Tor to Coast

This topic looks in detail at the UK. It will look at the geography of the UK before focusing on the South West, covering a range of topics. They include the features of rivers and coasts and human geography, population density, economic activities and tourism.

Key Stage 4

AQA Geography 8035

Three exams
Paper one 35%, Paper 2 35% and Paper 3 30%.

This exciting and relevant course studies geography around physical and human themes and investigates the link between them. Students will travel the world from the classroom, exploring case studies in the United Kingdom, India, Brazil, China and the continent of Africa.

Topics of study include climate change, coasts, natural hazards, rivers, rainforests, poverty, deprivation, urbanisation, global shifts in economic power and the challenge of sustainable resource use. Students are also encouraged to understand their role in society, by considering different viewpoints, values and attitudes. Fieldwork is a key part of the course and students produce two pieces of coursework.

Assessment will be in the form of 3 terminal exams. The first exam is on the Human topic, the second on the Physical topics. The fieldwork will be assessed in the third exam alongside advanced information on a topic in the course.

Key Stage 5

AQA A level Geography 7037

Course Structure

AS Level only

  • People and the environment                               

AS and A Level Units

  • Physical geography
  • Human geography
  • Geography investigation

Course Content

The course is split into two distinct areas, Physical and Human geography.

When studying physical geography, students will look at the water and carbon cycles, coastal systems and landscapes, and natural hazards including tectonics and hurricanes. The final topic will be ecosystems under stress where we look at the rainforests.

Those students following the A level course will go on to study Human Geography topics, including Globalisation and how and why rural and urban places change. The final topic studies will be contemporary urban environments, including sustainable cities and cities of the future.

Fieldwork is an essential part of the course and will be used to collect the information for the coursework as well as bringing the topics we study to life.

Delivery

The course content is the same for both AS and A level the only difference being that at AS, students do not cover so many topics. In the one year they will be covering the water and carbon cycles, coastal systems and landscapes, natural hazards and globalisation.

There will be a compulsory residential fieldwork trip to costing around £200. This is an essential part of the course as A level students complete a piece of coursework which must include data collected in the field.

Assessment

At AS level there are two written examinations each contributing 50% to the final grade.

At A level there are two written examinations, a human and physical paper both worth 40% of the final grade.  Students will also submit coursework which is worth 20% of the final grade.

The questions on AS and A level papers will require data response, short answer and extended writing / essay style answers.