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Year 9 Geography

Guidance for parents

What will students be studying in Geography this year?

In Year 9 students will build upon the skills developed in Years 7 and 8 with an emphasis of more in depth enquiry and independent investigation. Students in Year 9 will begin by looking World Climate and Biomes developing depth on an appreciation of the complex interactions associated with Tropical Rainforests, human uses, impacts, implications and management.  This topic wil  then move on to allow student to develop their own investigation into human impact of any global ecosystem of their choice which they will research and present to the class. After this students move on to look at the complexity World Development issues and preconceptions though a number of interactive classroom activities which bridge onto the study of Population issues, globally, regionally and country specific developing social, economic, environmental and political thinking. During the course students undertake geographical enquiry work in a number of ways including  projects based on student own key questions. The course also offers a number of creative opportunities to really get to grips with geographical concepts and processes. This year represents the final year of compulsory Geographical education but aims to stimulate a desire to learn more by developing the relevance of Geography in the world and the opportunities it creates in a career path.

What are the major assessments this year?

Students will complete a key assessment in each topic over the course of the year in both lesson time and homework, allowing them opportunities to develop and revisit key geographical skills. Assessments are reviewed yearly and are subject to change as the content is reviewed in an on-going process. The assessment calendar for Year 9 is available on the school website.

What will the current performance grade be based on and what do the levels mean?

The current performance grades are based on assessed work completed over the year. Oral contributions in class will also inform staff about her level of engagement with the subject.  All students are issued with passports for every new topic which contain key assessment mark schemes giving students clear criteria for each level in every piece of work.

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

She should talk to her teacher first as it could be a simple matter of misunderstanding a task or a topic. She should try and be specific about what she finds particularly challenging and the support offered may differ depending on the nature of the challenge.

How can I support my daughter in Year 9?

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 manner and you might like to encourage your daughter to follow news, current affairs and watch documentaries of interest to her.

What kind of independent work should my daughter be completing?

Students will be asked to undertake research from time to time and this will be part of her homework.   A wider appreciation of the world should be encouraged as much as possible.

 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.