GEOGRAPHY IN S3
Geography is an exciting and dynamic subject, which allows pupils to study the world’s physical and human features and the impact of environmental issues.
In Third Year, St Thomas’ pupils will study ‘People, Place and Environment’ as outlined in the Broad General Education and will develop the knowledge and skills which will enable them to progress to National Qualifications in S4.
Natural Regions– Investigate and describe a natural environment different to their own, in terms of climate, physical features and living things. The natural regions studied are Tundra and Equatorial Rainforest. Pupils will investigate the impact of human activity in these regions and consider ways in which they can be managed sustainably.
Glaciation- Pupils will research glacial uplands in the UK and will study the processes and landforms that result. Land uses, conflicts and management strategies will be considered in a case study of the Cairngorms and Loch Lomond National Parks.
Urban- pupils will learn about the different characteristics of cities in developed and developing countries. Case studies include Edinburgh, Rio de Janiero and Nairobi.
Farming: pupils will evaluate the role of agriculture in food production and learn about the environmental impacts and sustainability of modern farming methods. A comparison of farming in the UK and India will develop pupils understanding on a global scale.
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; interpretation and analysis of various geographical sources of information; self and peer evaluation of work produced.
Within the course a variety of teaching and learning approaches are used including, cooperative learning, group work, class discussions, individual written work, presentations, debates, model making and role play. Pupils have the opportunity to develop their communication and ICT skills throughout each unit by getting involved in both group led and individual projects.
National 3 and 4 courses are internally assessed by the class teacher – there is no final exam to sit.
To achieve an award you must pass the assessment for each of the three units. National 4 candidates must also pass a research based Added Value Assignment (Geography Project). These units including the project are assessed by the teacher on a pass/fail basis.
To gain the award for National 5, you must sit a final SQA exam and send in your Geography Project for the exam board to mark. You must also pass all the internal assessment for each of the three units.
The National 5 course assessment will consist of an exam paper which will account for 75% of your final grade and an Added Value Assignment which will account for 25% of your final grade. The course assessment is graded A-D.
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 also review their own attainment and are encourage to identify ways to improve their learning. Staff report formally to parents as per the school calendar.
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