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Year 11 Geography

Guidance for parents

What will students be studying in Geography this year?

In Year 11, students will be finishing the GCSE course by covering the following topics; Oceans on the Edge, Globalisation, Development Dilemmas and Changing Economy of the UK. They will also be continuing their Controlled Assessment based on the Cuckmere Haven coastline by finishing off the low control from last year and completing high control work in lesson time, this will make up 25% of their GCSE.

What are the major assessments this year?

As well as completing the Controlled Assessment students will have topic tests and sit a mock GCSE examination.

What will the current performance grade be based on?

Until their mock examination, students current performance will be based on topic tests and end of Year 10 examinations.  Their mock examination result gives us a much better predictor of how they might do in the summer examination and will be used as evidence of their current performance on their written report.

What should my daughter do if she feels she is struggling in the subject?

Your daughter should speak to her Geography teacher in the first instance and she may be offered additional support or directed to materials available on Moodle.  In some cases she may be paired with a student mentor to support her outside of the classroom.

How can I support my daughter in Year 11?

The best way to support your daughter is by talking to her about what she is studying in Geography and  about how she is getting on.  Students should be encouraged to complete homework in a timely fashion and revise thoroughly for all tests, as these form a major part of your daughter’s current performance. Additional support is available on Moodle and you should encourage her to look at what is available, including references to revision guides which might be appropriate to the course.

What kind of independent work should my daughter be completing?

The most important work that your daughter can do outside of her controlled assessment is to ensure she has a strong grasp of the Geography she is learning. She should keep an organised and up to date file and start a revision program as early as possible so that she feels in control as we approach the end of the course.

Who can I contact for further advice and information?

Please feel free to contact the Head of Geography at office@newsteadwood.bromley.sch.uk if you have any queries about your daughter’s progress.