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14/05/21

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13/05/21

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13/05/21

Vacancy: Exciting short term teaching vacancy required for maternity cover. We are seeking a Religious Education teacher to teach across the age and ability ranges, from 1 September to 22 October 2021. To apply https://t.co/7Qnx6dAT1E https://t.co/8Qkv4oX1Nc

13/05/21

Take a moment to be mindful and connect with nature, relax in the garden, listen to birdsong or watch the sunset. Taking in your surroundings can help find a sense of calm https://t.co/VPyseBc5Sj

13/05/21

Term date reminder: school will be closed to students on Monday 17 May 2021, due to staff INSET. https://t.co/IXEyjH89GA

13/05/21

The books of the week are The Bubble Wrap Boy by Phil Earle and The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge. Read some of The Bubble Wrap Boy - https://t.co/Dxsn07X08A Watch this video of Frances Hardinge talking about her book, The Lie Tree- https://t.co/ooPZFKoBbb https://t.co/n0CDtVje20

12/05/21

Happy Eid al Fitr Mubarak to all our families celebrating the end of the fast of Ramadan https://t.co/HLNZBgGpYT

12/05/21

Year 7 kicked off their Journalism Club today, with enthusiasm in abundance. The Press Pack have been formed, assignments distributed and we cannot wait to see the results https://t.co/ybqg0KPpUL

12/05/21

Being positive is not needing to always be happy, being positive can be a simple acceptance https://t.co/fsCta8h0db

12/05/21

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This week our year 7 geographers used their excellent work from last week to write their 'to what extent' essays. https://t.co/lV6OoeVdd9

11/05/21

Govia Thameslink Railway are offering virtual work experience opportunity during half term week (1-4 June), places are limited. Ideal for students to gain an understanding of the industry. To register interest, respond to Roopali Sharma: roopali.sharma.com https://t.co/tfn1YxFfs1

11/05/21

Now more things are opening up for us to do indoors, remember to keep up the connections gained with nature during lockdown https://t.co/2ZQhFSTgdz

11/05/21

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Yr11 finished their assessments and back to playing music - with conducting debuts from some rising musical stars! 🎶 https://t.co/vhyR85EBfp

10/05/21

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10/05/21

Students begin the week with an assembly from Mrs Montgomery-Ward "improve your mental health through your connection with nature" Why not get creative, take a photograph of a landscape or sketch a natural object https://t.co/iQaDPgdtzn

10/05/21

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10/05/21

Thought for the Week: Avoiding blame https://t.co/o4wIuefku1

08/05/21

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07/05/21

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07/05/21

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07/05/21

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07/05/21

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07/05/21

The books of the week are Ingo by Helen Dunmore and We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler. Read opening of Ingo https://t.co/XK60gWZNzh Watch an interview with Karen Joy Fowler about her novel https://t.co/BJQA5AxCGi https://t.co/lvkxF4Card

07/05/21

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07/05/21

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07/05/21

To confirm: SJL is open as normal today. The site has water and we have been assured by Affinity Water that it will not be disconnected at any point.

05/05/21

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05/05/21

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Year 7 planning their essays by building 'on the one hand' and 'on the other hand' style argument. They did really well collating their information on a Venn diagram and then choosing their arguments for their essay by adding facts to their 'to what extent hands'. https://t.co/zDRmEMgBsX

04/05/21

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04/05/21

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04/05/21

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04/05/21

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30/04/21

Congratulations to Year 8 on all achieving Bully Free Form status Thanks to Miss Bonner for rescheduling the assessments for Year 8, who had to miss their assessment during Year 7. https://t.co/jiikWcaT4V

30/04/21

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29/04/21

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29/04/21

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29/04/21

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29/04/21

The books of the week are Lightning Mary by Anthea Simmons , Mortal Engines by Phillip Reeve and Burial Rites by Hannah Kent. We have these at the library so come and borrow them! https://t.co/ERUuxjItQJ

28/04/21

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27/04/21

Year 8 reminder: options forms deadline tomorrow! Thank you to those who have returned their forms, any outstanding forms please email to options.herts.sch.uk Copies of the form can be found on the school website https://t.co/ecyKxs9q9P https://t.co/V5vzbDWozm

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Geography

About the Faculty

Geography at Sir John Lawes is taught by a well experienced team, who are passionate about the subject. We have a variety of specialisms within both physical and human geography. Lessons include a variety of teaching methods and resources, to ensure all students are engaged and participating in their learning. Geography is a very popular subject at both GCSE and A-Level and we are very proud of the results our students have achieved each year which consistently are well above the national average.

Curriculum Intent Statement

The geography curriculum is designed to develop students’ curiosity and fascination about the world in which they live. We aim to equip students with knowledge of current environmental issues, which will affect their future, creating young people who are passionate about sustainability and the environment. Students’ knowledge and understanding is developed through studying a range of places at different scales; this is achieved by analysing the human and physical processes which shape our world. Students will learn about how the world is increasingly interconnected and understand their role as a global citizen in a changing world. Students will also learn a wide range of skills to help them interpret source and make informed decisions including literacy, numeracy, graphical, statistical, map and atlas skills.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Geography at Key Stage 3 is topical, interesting and interactive. Pupils have two lessons per week in Year 7, one lesson per week in Year 8, and two lessons per week in Year 9. In year 7 and 8 students study topics for 6-8 weeks, being assessed at the middle and end of each unit where a progress level is awarded to them. In Year 9 students begin to learn the skills needed for GCSE, so therefore are assessed using GCSE success criteria.

Programme of Study

Year 7  

  • My place in the world
  • Map skills
  • A trip around Asia
  • Weather and Climate
  • Coasts

Year 8

  • 7 billion and counting    
  • Restless Earth   
  • An Unfair World
  • Russia and the Middle East

Year 9

  • The Work of Ice and Water
  • A Sustainable Future
  • Fieldwork Investigation
  • Global Ecosystems
  • Tropical Rainforests 

KS3 Curriculum Map

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Key Stage 4 Geography is an exciting, engaging course taught by Geography specialists with an equal weighting given to both Physical and Human Geography. The Faculty follow the AQA (8035) Specification. Students have 3 lessons per week and conduct two pieces of fieldwork during the course.  Students also have the opportunity to take part in a residential field trip to Iceland at the end of the Easter term in Year 10.

Programme of Study

Year 10

  • Living World – Cold Environments
  • UK Physical Landscapes – Coastal Landscapes
  • Coastal Fieldwork (Southend - £20)
  • Urban Issues and Challenges
  • The Challenge of Natural Hazards
  • Changing Economic World

Year 11

  • UK Physical Landscapes – River Landscapes
  • Urban environments Fieldwork (St Albans - £10)
  • The Challenge of Resource Management
  • Issue Evaluation

KS4 Curriculum Map

Key Stage 5 Curriculum

Board: AQA (7037)

A Level Geography is a challenging and enjoyable course that combines essay writing with analytical and fieldwork skills.

A GCSE in Geography is preferable if you wish to study the subject, though students without this experience will be considered. You will need an interest in the world around you and a willingness to read widely.

Field Trip Costs:

  • Year 12 there will be a 1-day visit to East London (approximate cost £20-£25) ; and
  • Year 13 a 3-day residential in Swanage (approximate cost £200-£225).

 

Course content and Assessment

Physical Geography:

  • Water and carbon cycles
  • Coastal systems and landscapes
  • Hazards

The above topics will be assessed in a 2 hours 30 minutes paper which is worth 40% of the A Level mark.

Human Geography:

  • Global systems and global governance
  • Changing places
  • Population and the environment

The above topics will be assessed in a 2 hours 30 minutes paper which is worth 40% of the A Level.

Geographical investigation:

Students complete an individual investigation which includes data collected in the field. The individual investigation must be based on a question or issue defined and developed by the student and must relate to part of the specification content. This will be 3000-4000 words and worth 20% of the A-level

Fieldwork, including a residential trip, is an essential part of Geography A Level, this will equip students with the skills, and data needed for the geographical investigation as well as help their understanding of some of the content in the physical and human geographical papers.

Entry requirements

Students who have previously studied Geography are expected to achieve a grade 6 or above at GCSE and a grade 6 in English would also be desirable. Those new to the subject should have achieved a grade 6 or above in both GCSE English and Mathematics. All students must have an APS of 4.5 or above.

Marking Policy

Extended Curriculum

The Faculty is very well-resourced for effective teaching and learning both inside and outside the school grounds. The Faculty is committed to providing fieldwork opportunities at all Key Stages, notably running annual residential field trips to Swanage (Year 13) and Iceland (Year 10), whilst a day trip is offered to London Docklands (Year 12). At Key Stage 3, fieldwork is completed locally, with year groups investigating geographical issues in and around the school and Harpenden. Fieldwork equipment is of the highest standard. We have a number of GPS navigation handsets, digital thermometers, hygrometers and anemometers as well as ranging poles, clinometers and waders for carrying out the more traditional fieldwork.

To enhance the cultural capital of student we use a variety of case studies from diverse locations around the world, this increases awareness of the challenges and opportunities faced by different people around the world. We encourage student to be critical about the sources of information we use and take into account a range of perspectives. 

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