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Year 11 GCSE Geography Fieldwork

Year 11 pupils will be carrying out their geography fieldwork at the Gloucester Quays & Gloucester Cathedral on:

Monday 20th November 2017, 11.00 am – 1.00 pm  (IA)

The purpose of the fieldwork is to enable each pupil to gather enough information to be able to write up a piece of controlled assessment in school shortly afterwards. This is worth a certain percentage towards their GCSE grade in Geography.

Schemes of Work 2016/2017

Year 7

Term 5 and 6

Term 3 and 4

Term 1 and 2

Year 8

Term 5 and 6

Term 3 and 4

Term 1 and 2

Year 9

Term 1 and 2 - Volcanoes and Earthquakes

Term 3 and 4 - Ecosystems and Resources and the Environment

Term 5 and 6 - China and International Development

Year 10

Term 1-6

Year 11

Term 5 and 6

Term 3 and 4

Term 1 and 2


Geography is a popular subject at Al Ashraf , and it is important to realise too that Geography graduates are increasingly very much in demand because of the skills that students are taught. Our lessons very much focus on current global issues such as climate change, natural disasters, globalisation and sustainibility, and where appropriate links to British culture are taught as well.To enable us to do this we integrate videos into lessons and students are very much encouraged to do their own research using the internet and subsequently they present their information in a variety of ways. At all levels we incorporate the study of the local area into our lessons as much as possible.

Topics covered at Key Stage 3 are as follows:

Year 7: Weather and Climate. Map reading. Settlement. Flooding in the UK.

Year 8: Weathering and Coasts [UK]. Farming in the UK. Industry [much emphasis on the UK].

Year 9: Volcanoes and Earthquakes. Tourism [UK]. Italy. Japan.

Some of the moral & social issues relevant to Key Stage 3 are:

  • Immigration, how it has enriched our society in the UK in the past and present.
  • Fracking , will this solve our energy crisis and reduce emissions?
  • Overseas aid to countries affected by natural disasters and helping to alleviate other problems such as the spread of Ebola.
  • Flooding, the building of flood defences along the coast and in land and the impact on lives and the environment.
  • Country Code, how this protects rural areas in the UK from tourists.
  • Farming, how the planting of wildflower meadows and reducing sprays etc is helping to save wildlife.

Topics covered at Key Stage 4:

At GCSE we follow the AQA syllabus A, This involves 2 written papers one on physical topics and the other is on human topics. In addition the students research and write up a topic for a third paper on controlled assessment. This will all change from 2016 when all 3 papers will be linear and the content will have much more focus on the British Isles.

Aims of the department:

  1. To encourage curiosity about the world.
  2. To nurture a spirit of enquiry in all pupils and to enable pupils to think critically.
  3. To increase understanding of human and physical processes on local, national and global scales.

Geographers at Al Ashraf are informed, considerate, inquisitive and analytical. They are concerned about issues that affect not just them in their local area but communities and environments in the British Isles as well as other parts of the world.