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 Geography

Geography

The Geographers at Dukhan English School aim to:

-build an extraordinary learning community that goes beyond the curriculum
-foster a spirit of enquiry and continual improvement
-draw on the rich variety of experiences and views to support a coherent and collegiate approach to teaching and learning
-enable each person’s continued personal and professional development

For pupils we seek to engender:

-knowledge and understanding of the Planet Earth and its peoples
-lasting awareness of the world around us
-sensitivity and empathy towards all others
-tolerance and independent thinking
-preparedness for an active citizen’s role in a changing world

In our department every person’s opinion counts and is valued. The pupil voice is encouraged and listened to.

Our intention is that Key Stage 4 Geography students will develop knowledge, understanding and skills in creative thinking, enquiry and problem solving. This helps them to prepare for the next stage of their education.

The course is designed to help students:
•  to gain an understanding of different people, places and cultures;
•  to learn about different environments around the world;
•  to understand the ways in which people in different areas interact with each other and with their environments;
•  to develop a global awareness and understanding for the planet on which we live.

There are three parts to the course. Population & Settlement looks at how and why the world's population is changing, and the ways to control this. We go on to study changing cities of the world and the impact of urbanisation. Students also consider contrasting patterns of development between the developed and the developing worlds.

In The Natural Environment part of the course, we investigate natural landforms and processes, plate tectonics, rivers, deserts and coasts. Students are expected to gain an understanding of the world's weather and climate zones, and of human interaction and responses to natural hazards.
Economic Development involves examining agriculture, tourism, industrial systems, energy and water supplies. Students also investigate environmental issues and the concepts of conservation and resource management.
Students will also develop skills in mapping and data collection, recording and analysis. These skills are examined as a separate paper in the IGCSE examination.

Students sit three formal examinations:
  
Paper 1 Geographical Themes (Population, Tectonics etc.) 1.45 hours (45% of final mark)

Paper 2 Geographical Skills (Map skills, reading graphs) 1.30 hours (27.5% of final mark)

Paper 4 Alternative to Coursework (data collection) 1.30 hours (27.5% of final mark)