Geography - Movilla


  • Miss A Brownlee


Key Stage 3

At Key stage 3 our aim is to develop the skills from a local knowledge in year 8 to a national knowledge in Year 9 to finally Global knowledge in Year 10. At Key Stage 3 we make use of Assessment for Learning tasks (A.f.L.) to showcase our pupils’ knowledge at each of the levels.
Pupils make use of Term Ahead Plans to outline the key components of their course, the skills they will be tested on and the language we will develop over the term. The links for these can be found in the download tab.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 we follow the CCEA syllabus for GCSE Geography. The link to the CCEA syllabus and help materials can be found here.
This is assessed in 2 papers – one in Year 11 and one in Year 12. This modular approach enables our pupils to gain 37.5% of their course in Year 11. 

The GCSE paper 1 is assessed in June of year 12 and teaching covers the physical aspects of Geography. The topics include rivers, floods, coasts, plate tectonics, and weather.
The Term Ahead Plans for these can be found in the download tab.
The GCSE paper 2 is assessed in June of Year 11 and the teaching throughout the year is focused on the human aspects of Geography. The topics include population, settlement, development and world inequality. This paper is worth 37.5 % of the final grade.
The Term Ahead Plans for these can be found in the download tab.
The final 25% of the course is assessed by Controlled Assessment task. This is a 2000 word project completed based on a fieldwork experience. The topic for this is set by CCEA in a live task every 2 years. The live task in 2015-17 selected is based on a river study. Live tasks titles can be viewed on the GCSE Geography microsite


Year 11 – Unit 1 (Understanding our Natural World) (40% of final GCSE)
• River Environments
• Coastal Environments
• Changing weather & climate
• Restless Earth
(This paper is sat in June of Year 11)

Year 12 – Unit 2 (Living in our world) (40% of final GCSE)
• Population & Migration
• Changing Urban Areas
• Contrasts in World Development
• Managing our EnvironmentUnit 3 – Fieldwork (20% of final GCSE)
• 1 hour paper
• Using information collected in the field
• Exam paper focuses on planning, analysis, interpretation and conclusions drawn from your fieldworkAt the end of Year 11 you will visit the River Shimna to collect data necessary for your Fieldwork report and exam

Through studying GCSE Geography students:
  • develop knowledge and understanding of geographical concepts and how they affect our changing world;
  • begin to appreciate the importance of the location of places and environments, from local to global;
  • develop geographical skills and learn how to use appropriate technologies;
  • begin to appreciate the differences and similarities between people’s views of the world, its environments, societies and cultures;
  • understand the significance of values and attitudes to the development and resolution of issues;
  • develop and apply their learning to the real world through fieldwork and other learning outside the classroom; and
  • have opportunities to develop as effective and independent learners and as critical thinkers with enquiring minds.
This specification prepares students for the study of geography at a more advanced level, for example courses in Advanced Subsidiary (AS) and GCE Geography, or Advanced Vocational Certificate in Education in Travel and Tourism.


There is homework and study support class offered each Wednesday after school for pupils of any age group to attend.


 Types of Homework  
  1. Learning of key words and case studies
  2. Use of skills eg climate graphs
  3. Extended writing
  4. Cloze procedure
  5. Question and answer
  6. Completion of classwork
  7. Reading
  8. Note making
  9. Research
  10. Poster work
  11. Revision preparation for Assessment Window
  12. Preparation for CAT (KS4)
  13. Past paper questions


 Year Group  No of Homeworks in Term 2
 Year 8  7
 Year 9  7
 Year 10  7
 Year 11  7
 Year 12  7



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