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Geography

Geography is the study of the earth’s landscapes, people, places and environments. It is, quite simply, about the world in which we live. It is about making sense of our everyday lives and how we are part of our globalised world.

At Fairley House, the geography curriculum is adapted to the pupils, while following the National Curriculum as closely as possible. The units covered are taught in multisensory ways, and include input from speech and language therapists and occupational therapists. Learning new vocabulary within a subject can be very challenging for dyslexic students. At Fairley House, a variety of memory strategies are taught, such as chunking, word association, visualisation and rehearsal.  Pupils are taught to reflect on the strategies that work best for them and are encouraged to re-evaluate their methods where needed, developing increasing responsibility for their learning. Pupils’ work is recorded in many ways, such as in videos, posters, graphs, tables and newspaper reports. This enables pupils to continually practise and improve skills they have gained from different areas of the curriculum. 

Within Geography, pupils are encouraged to develop a range of skills that will benefit them across the curriculum. These include:

  • Map and atlas skills
  • Map reading
  • Interpreting data from diagrams and graphs
  • Literacy skills, including learning new vocabulary
  • Presentation skills
  • ICT skills

Whilst studying Geography at Fairley House, students are given the opportunity to take their skills into the field. This enables them to put theory into context, and at Fairley House we offer a range of fieldtrips including: The Thames Barrier, The River Wye, Kew Gardens, The National History Museum and FSC Nettlecombe Court Field Centre Taunton.

“Fairley House gave Ryan the confidence to believe in himself and got him back on track. His success at GCSE level was more than we had ever dreamed of with one A*, five As and two Bs”.

Fairley House got Ryan back on track

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GCSE Geography AQA (8035) 

GCSE Geography is offered from Year 9. This means that the course runs over 3 years, allowing time for it to be adapted to the students’ needs.   

Physical Geography - Living with the physical environment. This will include: 

  • The challenge of natural hazards 
  • Physical landscapes in the UK (coasts and rivers) 
  • The living world

Human Geography - Challenges in the human environment. This will include:  

  • Urban issues and challenges,
  • The changing economic world
  • The challenge of resource management

Students will also complete fieldwork, which will develop skills of data collection, analysis and presentation. This will prepare the students for the section of the course Geographical applications, which includes Issue Evaluation and Fieldwork

Assessments

Paper 1: Living with the physical environment

Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes (35% of GCSE)

Paper 2: Challenges in the human environment

Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes (35% of GCSE)

Paper 3: Geographical applications

Written exam: 1 hour (30% of GCSE)

All three papers will offer the following types of questions: multiple-choice, short answers, level of response and extended prose.