Geography at Davenant

Key Stage 3

Vision / Mission / Philosophy

Geography has a key role to play in the curriculum at Davenant. It is the study of where places are, what they are like, what life is like in them and how and why they are changing. It can help students to:-

  • Read and use a variety of maps
  • Gain a knowledge of the world and understand contemporary issues and events
  • Appreciate different cultures in this country and elsewhere
  • Become aware of natural and human environments and their interaction.
  • Knowledge, skills and attitudes learned in Geography can help students to understand other subjects as well.

Curriculum content and assessments

Homework will be set fortnightly. It should take approximately 30 minutes. Tasks will cover a range of skills including research, answering questions, revising work and completing more extended tasks which will span a longer time scale, clearly indicated to the students by their teacher. The students are expected to record homework in their planner.

Year 7

Autumn Term Introduction – It’s Geography Making and Mapping connections Assessment 1: Baseline Assessment
  Restless Planet Assessment 2: Restless planet
Spring Term Settlement and Urbanisation Assessment 3: Settlement and Urbanisation
  Rivers and Floods Assessment 4: Rivers and floods.
Summer Term The Horn of Africa Year 7 Examination
  Exploring Britain(Controlled assessment exercise)


Year 8

Autumn Term Introduction- People and the PlanetCoastsAssessment 1: Coasts
  Geography of CrimeAssessment 2: Geography of Crime 
Spring Term Weather, Climate and climate change Assessment 3: Climate Change
  Energy Security
Assessment 4: Energy Security
Summer Term EcosystemsYear 8 Examination
  Brazil(Controlled assessment exercise)


Year 9

Autumn Term Development – South Africa The Global Fashion Industry and Fair TradeAssessment 1: South Africa (controlled Assessment)
  Glaciation Assessment 2: Glaciation
Spring Term  TourismAssessment 3: Tourism
  Rocks, Soils and Weathering
Summer Term Rocks, Soils and WeatheringYear 9 Examination
  Passport to the World


Key Stage 4

Vision / Mission / Philosophy

Students study AQA Specification A (from September 2014)

This Geography course allows students to develop:

  • Communication skills including problem solving
  • Graphical and cartographic skills
  • ICT and GIS
  • Debate and discuss
  • Literacy and numeracy

Curriculum content and assessment

Year 10 Assessment Plan 2014-15

Assessments are undertaken regularly across KS4 and are based on exam style questions. Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning and make the most of the self and peer marking strategies which are regularly used to aid assessment for learning.

Unit 1 Physical GeographySection AThe restless earthAssessment in last lesson

Rocks, resources and scenery/The living worldAssessment in last lesson

Section BIce on the landAssessment in last lesson

Water on the landAssessment in last lesson
Provisional revision for Year 10 examination on Unit 1 Physical Geography

Unit 2 Human GeographySection APopulation change


Advanced level

Students follow the Edexcel AS and A2 course which is a contemporary specification developed in consultation with the Geographical Association, Royal Geographical Society and leading HE institution and encourages independent study, giving students the skills that employers and universities want.

Curriculum content

AS Unit 1: Global Challenges

Content summary:

The meaning, causes, impacts and management of global challenges. How we can

influence global challenges through our own lives. There are two compulsory topics that

form this unit:

„.Topic 1: World at Risk

„.Topic 2: Going Global


1-hour-and-30-minute examination in two sections.

Section A: objective items, data response and short-answer questions.

Section B: choice of Going Global or World at Risk longer/guided essay questions.

AS Unit 2: Geographical Investigations *Unit code 6GE02

Content summary:

A closer look at how physical and human issues influence lives and can be managed.

Physical topic

 Crowded Coasts reveals how increasing development is testing our ability to

manage these valued environments.

Human topic

 Rebranding Places focuses on how we need to re-image and regenerate rural

and urban places, using appropriate strategies.


1 hour 15 minutes examination in two sections.

A2 Unit 3: Contested Planet

Content summary:

The use and management of resources is a key issue for geography in today’s world.

Consumption patterns highlight stark inequalities between regions, countries and

groups of people. Many resources are finite, and rising consumption means that difficult

decisions over the use of resources will have to be taken more frequently. There are six compulsory topics:

Topic 1: Energy Security

Topic 2: Water Conflicts

Topic 3: Biodiversity under Threat

Topic 4: Superpower Geographies

Topic 5: Bridging the Development Gap

Topic 6: The Technological Fix?


2-hour-and-30-minute examination in two sections. Students will be asked to select

and answer two questions from five in Section A and all questions in Section B.

A2 Unit 4: Geographical Research

Content summary

Students research Tectonic Activity and Hazards


1 hour and 30 minute examination which is one report style essay.