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Geography

Year 7

Content Overview

Term 1 -Where on Earth are we? An introduction to Geography. Including map and Atlas work.

Term 2 - Where in Europe are we? A study of some of the fantastic places in Europe.

Term 3 -Settlement. A study of where and how people choose to live and how these places have changed over time.

Term 4 - Food for thought. An investigation in where our food is from and how this impacts on people and the planet.

Term 5 - The Tropical Rainforest. An investigation into a unique ecosystem, its importance and the threats it faces.

Term 6 - Endangered Environments. An investigation into threatened places and some of the creatures that have become endangered as their habitat is destroyed.

Assessment

Students will be assessed by a combination of classwork, homework, written exams and project work.

Extra-Curricular Activities

After school clubs will be offered for students who wish to learn more or who would like help with homework.

A trip to Howletts Zoo is planned for Term 6 to investigate how and why some animal species are becoming endangered and what is being done to save them.

Year 8

Content Overview

Term 1 - Coastal Enquiry. An investigation into the processes that shape the coastline and how people have tried to manage coastal areas.

Term 2 - Rivers and Flooding. Exploring the processes that shape rivers and the ways that they are both useful and threatening to people.

Term 3 - Development. Exploring the historical, Environmental and socio-economic reasons for differences in development. (A focus on Ghana)

Term 4 - The next big thing. An investigation into the next generation of economic superpowers. Will they be leading the future?  (a focus on Brazil)

Term 5 - Extreme Weather Hazards. Exploring the reasons why weather hazards are becoming more frequent and the impact they have on people.

Term 6 - Extreme Environments. An exploration of some of the world most extreme environments and how people, plants and animals have adapted to survive.

Assessment

Students will be assessed by a combination of classwork, homework, written exams and project work.

Extra-Curricular Activities

After school clubs will be offered for students who wish to learn more or who would like help with homework.

A coastal walk to investigate the natural and manmade features is planned for the first term.

Year 9

Content Overview

Term 1 - Urban Environments. An investigation into how towns and cities have changed over time and the challenges of making them more sustainable.

Term 2 - The Geography of Crime. An enquiry into the ways that geographical patterns of crime can be identified and how the environment can be modified to reduce crime.

Term 3 - Restless Earth. An introduction to tectonic plate theory, volcanoes, earthquakes and the ways that people try to manage these threats.

Term 4 - Resources. An enquiry into the different types of resources that people use and how this can sometimes cause conflict. (A focus on energy)

Term 5 - Climate Change. An investigation into the causes and consequences of a changing climate including ways in which this threat can be managed.

Term 6 - Migration. An investigation into the causes and consequences of migration in the UK, Europe and across the world.

Assessment

Students will be assessed by a combination of classwork, homework, written exams and project work.

A visit to London to investigate the regeneration of East London during and after the 2012 Olympics is planned for term 2.

Extra-Curricular Activities

After school clubs will be offered for students who wish to learn more or who would like help with homework.

Years 10 & 11

Subject

Geography

Exam Board

AQA

Course Specification Link

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/geography/specifications/AQA-8035-SP-2016-V1-0.PDF

  • Course Overview

 

 

 

This exciting course is based on a balanced framework of physical and human geography. It will build upon the knowledge and skills developed during Key Stage 3. It allows students to investigate the link between the two themes, and approach and examine the battles between the man-made and natural worlds. Students who complete the course will have the skills and experience to progress onto A-level and beyond.

Section 1

  • Living with the Physical Environment

This unit is concerned with the dynamic nature of physical processes and systems, and human interaction with them in a variety of places and at a range of scales. The aims of this unit are to develop an understanding of the tectonic, geomorphological, biological and meteorological processes and features in different environments, and the need for management strategies governed by sustainability and consideration of the direct and indirect effects of human interaction with the Earth and the atmosphere. This aspect of the course is sub-divided into 3 sections:

A - The Challenge of  Natural Hazards

  • Tectonic Hazards
  • Weather Hazards
  • Climate Change

B - The Living world

  • Tropical Rainforests
  • Hot Deserts
  • Cold Environments

C – Physical Landscapes in the UK

  • Coastal Landscapes in the UK
  • River Landscapes in the UK

 

Section 2

  • Challenges in the Human Environment

This unit is concerned with human processes, systems and outcomes and how these change both spatially and temporally. They are studied in a variety of places and at a range of scales including places in various states of development, such as higher income countries (HICs), lower income countries (LICs) and newly emerging economies (NEEs). The aims of this unit are to develop an understanding of the factors that produce a diverse variety of human environments; the dynamic nature of these environments that change over time and place; the need for sustainable management; and the areas of current and future challenge and opportunity for these environments. This aspect of the course is sub-divided into 3 sections.

A – Urban Issues and Challenges

  • Urban Growth
  • Urban Changes
  • Urban Sustainability

B – The Changing Economic World

  • Variations in Economic Development
  • Rapid Economic Development
  • Major Changes in the Economy of the UK

C- The Challenge of Resource Management

  • Food, Water and Energy in the UK
  • Demand for Energy Resources
  • Impacts of Increasing Demands for Energy

Section 3

  • Geographical applications

The Geographical applications unit is designed to be synoptic in that students will be required to draw together knowledge, understanding and skills from the full course of study. It is an opportunity for students to show their breadth of understanding and an evaluative appreciation of the interrelationships between different aspects of geographical study. This Aspect of the Course is sub-divided into 2 sections:

Section A:

Issue evaluation This section contributes a critical thinking and problem-solving element to the assessment structure. The assessment will provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate geographical skills and applied knowledge and understanding by looking at a particular issue(s) derived from the specification using secondary sources.

Assessment

Paper 1: Living with the physical environment

Written exam: 1 hour  30 minutes - 35 % of GCSE

Paper 2: Challenges in the human environment

Written exam: 1 hour  30 minutes - 35 % of GCSE

Paper 3: Geographical applications

Written exam: 1 hour  15 minutes - 30 % of GCSE

Extra-Curricular Activities

After school clubs will be run for students who wish to further develop their knowledge or who need help with Homework. Extra revision sessions will also run after school and during some school holidays. There will be a variety of fieldwork opportunities to local, national and international destinations.