National 4/5 Overview
Pupils will learn in a variety of ways, including fieldtrips which allow pupils to see topics studied in real life contexts. Learning will involve a variety of classroom activities such as cooperative learning, active learning and the use of thinking skills. Visiting speakers will enhance learning as will the many opportunities for fieldwork, practical work and outside visits. Pupils will be encouraged to give detailed answers, to be creative, to feel challenged and to have fun. There is a mix of independent study, group tasks and presentations which will help prepare pupils for work and further education by developing a number of important skills for life, learning and work, such as communication and teamworking.
In this unit pupils will gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of the natural processes and interactions at work within a selection of landscapes in Scotland and the UK. Pupils will investigate how various features are formed, how the land is used in each area as well as any conflicts that may occur. The topics that will be covered are; Glaciation, Glacial Landscape Conflicts, Coasts, Coastal Landscape Conflicts, and Weather.
Pupils will develop detailed knowledge and understanding of the processes and interactions at work in human environments through the study of a variety of case studies from developed and developing countries across the world. This analysis allows comparisons to be drawn between these countries. The topics that will be covered are; Urban, Rural, and Population & Development.
Global Issues will be taught through an extensive use of case studies and pupils will be encouraged to use named examples to show their depth of understanding. Pupils will the following two courses; Environmental Hazards, and Health.
Environmental Hazards will build upon prior learning in the study of earthquakes and volcanoes as well as introduce the dangers of tropical storms. Pupils will need to understand how these natural phenomena occur, why they are found in particular locations, describe the effects they have on people and the landscape as well as be able to suggest ways in which damage can be limited.
Health topic will take pupils on an in-depth look into three diseases which affect people in different parts of the world. We study cholera in the developing world, heart disease in the developed world, and HIV/AIDS across the world to understand how different countries react and treat the disease.
The Assignment is a piece of independent research which must include fieldwork or map work. Pupils will use knowledge and skills developed across the other units to help them complete this work. To help pupils complete this unit and to provide personalisation and choice in their topic, we will provide opportunities to complete primary research by;
visiting a local river to complete a river study.
a visit to the coast to give pupils an opportunity to investigate the formation of coastal landscape features and tourism in a coastal area.
a visit to a large town/city parts of Aberdeen (or further afield), allowing pupils to compare Aberdeen's Central Business District to that of a textbook model as well as complete a land use transect of the city.
At National 4 a report will be completed to show that pupils have met the required standard and at National 5 a write-up of their research methods, findings and conclusions will be completed under exam conditions.
What is Expected of Pupils?
Pupils are expected to complete regular homework tasks, contribute to the positive environment in class, be inquisitive and willing to learn.
How Will Pupils Be Assessed?
Progress will be monitored throughout and will take the form of formal written assessments, peer and self-assessments, presentations and creative writing tasks. Homework will be issued on a regular basis to extend learning beyond the classroom and enhance the activities that are completed in school. These will often take the form of past paper or exam style questions.
National 4 pupils will require to pass all unit outcomes for each of the three units as well as completing the National 4 Added Value Unit which consists of a report on a piece of independent research. These will be assessed internally on a pass/fail basis.
National 5 pupils will require to pass all unit outcomes for each of the three units in addition to completing the National 5 Assignment which is a written report based upon a piece of independent research, completed under exam conditions and assessed externally out of 20 marks. There is also an external exam which is marked out of 80. The final award is therefore marked out of a combined total of 100 marks and graded A-D.
What might this course lead to in the future?
Pupils who achieve a National 4 may progress to a National 5 course. Pupils who achieve a National 5 award at A-C may progress to Higher Geography.
Geography at National 4 and 5 is an appropriate introduction to a wide range of varied careers such as meteorology, conservation, land management, farming, forestry and outdoor recreation as well as surveying, planning and education.
Employers also highly value the skills developed in these courses.
GEOGRAPHY IN A NUTSHELL (NATIONAL QUALIFICATION 4)
GEOGRAPHY IN A NUTSHELL (NATIONAL QUALIFICATION 5)