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Curriculum Rationale: Geography

The geography curriculum at Kings Leadership Academy Liverpool provides all students with the knowledge they need to understand the world around them. By studying geography, we aim to inspire students to be curious and fascinated about the world they live in and its people and environments.  Students will develop a strong geographical knowledge of diverse local and global places (place knowledge); people; world resources and the interactions between natural physical and human environments.  

By studying geography, students are allowed to develop their knowledge of real-life situations by exploring detailed case studies. Students are also allowed to investigate the world around them with practical investigations, enrichment opportunities and field trips to geographical locations, improving their cultural capital, and self-confidence and underpinning future learning.   

We want students to love geography and be confident that they will experience stimulating lessons with the support and care of dedicated departmental staff who champion every young person. 

Geography is all around us and as such is an ideal subject to prepare students for future challenges, be it further study or entrance to the world of work. We endeavour to foster a lifelong love of geography through varied activities both inside and outside the classroom and prepare well-rounded students for the world after 16, both as members of society and in whatever career path they choose to follow.   

We aim to ensure that all our students who are disadvantaged or have any special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) have access to a carefully planned curriculum. Our curriculum aims to provide students with SEND with explicit systematic teaching and rehearsal of knowledge. We also ensure that these students have the time they need to study important subject content in geography.

Curriculum Intent: Geography

The King’s Leadership Academy Liverpool’s geography curriculum has been developed to ensure that all students:

To achieve this, we aim to:

  • develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes

  • understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time

  • are competent in the geographical skills needed to:

  • collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes

  • interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

  • communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length

​Year 7 curriculum overview [click here]

Year 8 curriculum overview [click here]

Year 9 curriculum overview [click here]

Year 10 curriculum overview [click here]

Year 11 curriculum overview [click here]

For each curriculum overview, additional documentation is available upon request. This documentation outlines the exact subject knowledge your child must know and remember. These documents also include the types of teaching activities that geography teaching staff have chosen to help your son/daughter learn the curriculum here at King’s Leadership Academy Liverpool.

Assessment: Internal

To check how well our students are learning the curriculum, teachers use a full range of assessment techniques. These include:

  • diagnostic questions

  • low stakes quizzes

  • homework

  • questioning

  • end of topic/learning cycle assessments

All of these will reveal your child’s geographic prior knowledge and skills, and help to identify and correct any common misunderstandings enabling your child to make rapid and sustained progress.

 

Year 11 GCSE final assessment arrangements

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 (SPaG))
  • 35% of GCSE

Questions:

• Section A: answer all questions (33 marks)
• Section B: answer all questions (25 marks)
• Section C: answer any two questions from questions 3, 4 and 5 (30 marks)
• Question types: multiple-choice, short answer, levels of response, extended prose

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

Questions:

• Section A: answer all questions (33 marks)
• Section B: answer all questions (30 marks)
• Section C: answer question 3 (coasts) and question 4 (rivers) (25 marks)
• Question types: multiple-choice, short answer, levels of response, extended prose

Paper 3: Geographical applications

What's assessed: issue evaluation; 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

Questions:

• Section A: answer all questions (37 marks)
• Section B: answer all questions (39 marks)
• Question types: multiple-choice, short answer, levels of response, extended prose