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Humanities/Geography

Humanities at Madani Girls School

The subjects within the Humanities help students understand the world around them and their place within it. As a department we strive to help students develop an appreciation for the diversity of ideas and approaches involved in this process, and to help students acquire the skills necessary to critically engage with key issues and scholarship in each of the disciplines.

Teachers in the department support and engage students as individual learners and ensure a positive learning environment in which each student feels free to take risks and express her own ideas. Providing an atmosphere of mutual respect in the classroom so that students can reach their full potential in history, geography and RE is a priority for all members of the department.

Students in Year Seven two lessons in each of the Humanities subjects (history, geography and religious education). Year 8 students receive an additional religious education lesson per week.

Geography

The study of geography stimulates an interest in and a sense of wonder about places, people and the environment. It helps young people make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world and how society, the economy and environment combine to bring about change. It explains where places are, how places and landscapes are formed, how people and their environment interact, and how a diverse range of economies, societies and environments are interconnected, and examines natural resources and their sustainable use. (The Royal Geographical Society)

Key stage 3

Students will develop knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments. They will examine the interaction between the physical landscape and environment and human activity. Topics include studies of regions and countries such as India, Russia, and Africa as well as processes such as weather and climate, rivers and flooding, urbanisation and globalisation.

At KS3 students in year 7 begin with a unit designed to introduce basic map skills which are then developed throughout the topics studied in all years. Students also learn to interpret and present data in various forms including graphs and tables. Case studies are used to exemplify topics such as population change and development and field work is undertaken in topics such as weather and climate and urbanisation.

Key stage 4

”There has never been a better or more important time to study geography. The rate at which the world's environment and society are changing, combined with growing interest in issues such as climate change, migration, environmental degradation and social cohesion, means that geography is one of the most relevant courses students can choose to study.” Rita Gardner, RGS-IBG Director, 2011

With geography at the root of so many current global issues, it is a popular GCSE option as students recognise its relevance to their daily lives and their future welfare. Madani Girls School follows the AQA Geography syllabus focusing on the human geography topics of urbanisation, globalisation, and population change as well as the physical geography topics of the restless earth (volcanoes and earthquakes), rivers and the living world (ecosystems). Year 10 students will follow the new syllabus which includes sections on natural hazards, ecosystems, landscapes in the UK, the changing economic world, urbanisation and resource management. Students will be assessed by two written exams at the end of year 11. Current Year 11 students will also write a controlled assessment which makes up 25% of their GCSE grade. All KS4 geography students will conduct a field study in the local area and analyse this data in a controlled assessment (current Year 11s) or in their final exam (current Year 10s).

How can I help my Son/Daughter?

There are a variety of TV documentaries covering the topics studied in the geography curriculum. Selecting appropriate programs for your child and watching them with her will help her become more familiar with the topics studied in the curriculum.

Checking your child’s planner and making sure they are managing their time to complete projects and homework will also help ensure they are making progress. You could also encourage your child to use take advantage of SAM learning activities which cover the topics studied in lessons.

AT KS4 you could encourage your child to use helpful revision sites such as BBC Bitesize on a regular basis. Listening to podcasts on GCSE pod is also a good revision aid.

Key dates: (provisional)

 

AQA GCSE exam – Physical Geography: 22 May 2017

AQA GCSE exam – Human Geography: 06 June 2017

Controlled Assessment – Autumn Term 2 (Year 11 students only)

Geography Map of Learning 2016/2017

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