Why study Geography?
The study of geography introduces candidates to our changing world, its human interactions and physical processes. Learners develop the knowledge and skills to enable them to contribute to their local communities and wider society.
The study of geography fosters positive life-long attitudes of environmental stewardship, sustainability and global citizenship. Practical activities, including fieldwork, provide opportunities for candidates to interact with their environment.
Courses we cover in S3:
Natural Regions: Alaska, USA
Pupils also investigate the impact of human activity in this region and consider ways in which these impacts can be managed sustainably.
In this Unit pupils learn about two different urban environments and compare the different problems that they each face. They then study the different solutions to the problems of each location. When studying Edinburgh pupils complete a fieldwork investigation to gain a deeper understanding to the coursework studied in class.
Pupils will research how different glacial environments around the UK are formed. Land uses, conflicts and management strategies will be considered through a case study of the Cairngorms and Loch Lomond National Parks.
A variety of active learning and teaching strategies will be involved, from teacher led explanation and discussion to individual work; paired work; group work; fieldwork; researching and presenting information. Pupils interpret and analyse a variety of geographical sources of information and employ strategies of self and peer evaluation of work produced.
iPads are used thoughtfully to enhance learning and raise attainment.
We use a variety of assessment approaches to allow learners to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding, skills, attributes and capabilities in each subject.
- Observing day-to-day learning within the classroom.
- Coursework, including end-of-unit tests.
- Project work where pupils lead their learning.
- Teams submissions including homestudy and quizzes
- Peer and self evaluation.
Assessment is an integral part of our teaching and learning process and we recognise that regular positive and constructive feedback is very important to help pupils progress. As a result, learners receive high-quality feedback to support their understanding of their progress in learning and what they need to do to improve.
Recording & Reporting
All pupil assessments are routinely graded and recorded by the teacher and the results are stored centrally, these results are used by staff to track the progress of the individuals and ensure that their needs are being met.
Pupils receive written feedback and next steps as well as verbal feedback to ensure that pupils know what level they are working at and understand their next steps to allow them to progress.
Staff report formally to parents via Tracking Reports and at parent consultations as per the school calendar.
Home Study is set to support and consolidate classroom learning. Home Study tasks are issued regularly and throughout the year, and will be outlined and received via Teams.
In S3 Geography Home Study Tasks will often include:
- Personal Research.
- Project work on Case Studies.
- Questions to develop answering techniques.
- Revision and preparation for assessment.
CIA Country Fact file-
Climate types for kids:
BBC Bitesize: https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/guides/zpkbp39/revision