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Geography

The Team 

Staff Member 

Role 

Email Address 

Angela O’Donnell 

Curriculum Leader  

odonnella@ursuline.kent.sch.uk 

Leanne Lloyd-Roberts  

Teacher 

lloydrobertsl@ursuline.kent.sch.uk 

 

Key Stage 3 

 

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Year 7 

Who do you think you are? 

A whistle-stop tour of the UK from Lands’ End to John O’Groats. This gives the students a good knowledge base all about the geography of the UK.  

The Survival Challenge 

From poverty issues in the UK to the energy crisis, students will explore modern day issues and assess their impact on human activity.  

All About Asia 

Students will explore the two case studies of China and Russia. This will include their environments, landscapes and ecosystems as well as their developing economies and place in a globalising world.  

Going to Extremes 

Coral reefs, tropical rainforests and hot deserts. What does it take to survive in these environments and how is human activity impacting on their survival? 

Year 8 

Earth, Wind and Fire 

Earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes and wildfires. Why do they happen? Where do they happen? And is there anything we can do to stop them?  

Cities on the Edge 

By 2050 at least 68% of the world’s population will live in urban areas. Students will examine why this is happening and what impacts it has on populations and the world around us.  

All About Africa  

Students will explore the size, scale and variety of this amazing continent, quickly realising that Africa is not a country! 

Geography Rocks 

The Great British landscape, primarily focusing on the 32000km coastline and large network of rivers. How is where we live shaped by the rock under our feet? 

Year 9 

Climate Crisis 

Students will begin by exploring UK and global weather patterns before moving onto the science of the greenhouse effect and the natural and human causes of climate change.  

Make Poverty History  

Why are some countries rich and some countries poor? Students will examine the causes and consequences of the global (and local) development gap.  

Crime and the Community  

The geography of crime-why does it happen and how can it be designed out. Students will look at crime in the local area and the impact it has on local communities.  

The Challenge of Natural Hazards  

This marks the start of the students’ GCSE journey. There is a lot of knowledge to build upon their year 8 learning and students will begin looking at case studies of earthquakes, volcanoes and hurricanes.  

 

Key Stage 4 

Exam Board: AQA 

Link to Specification: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/gcse/geography-8035 

 

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Year 10 

Urban Issues and Challenges  

 

Students will explore the following key ideas: 

  • A growing percentage of the world’s population lives in urban areas. 

  • Urban growth creates opportunities and challenges for cities in LICs and NEEs. 

  • Urban change in cities in the UK leads to a variety of social, economic and environmental opportunities and challenges. 

  • Urban sustainability requires management of resources and transport. 

The Living World 

 

Students will explore the following key ideas: 

  • Ecosystems exist at a range of scales and involve the interaction between biotic and abiotic components. 

  • Tropical rainforest ecosystems have a range of distinctive characteristics. 

  • Deforestation has economic and environmental impacts. 

  • Tropical rainforests need to be managed to be sustainable. 

  • Hot desert ecosystems have a range of distinctive characteristics. 

  • Development of hot desert environments creates opportunities and challenges. 

  • Areas on the fringe of hot deserts are at risk of desertification. 

The Changing Economic World 

 

Students will explore the following key ideas: 

  • Students will explore the global variations in economic development and quality of life. Various strategies exist for reducing the global development gap. 

  • Some LICs and NEEs are experiencing rapid economic development which leads to significant social, environmental and cultural change. 

  • Major changes in the economy of the UK have affected, and will continue to affect, employment patterns and regional growth. 

Physical Landscapes in the UK 

 

Students will explore the following key ideas: 

  • The UK has a range of diverse landscapes. 

  • The coast is shaped by a number of physical processes. 

  • Distinctive coastal landforms are the result of rock type, structure and physical processes. 

  • Different management strategies can be used to protect coastlines from the effects of physical processes. 

  • The shape of river valleys changes as rivers flow downstream. 

  • Distinctive fluvial landforms result from different physical processes. 

  • Different management strategies can be used to protect river landscapes from the effects of flooding. 

Year 11 

The Challenge of Resource Management  

 

Students will explore the following key ideas: 

  • Food, water and energy are fundamental to human development. 

  • The changing demand and provision of resources in the UK create opportunities and challenges. 

  • Demand for energy resources is rising globally but supply can be insecure, which may lead to conflict. 

  • Different strategies can be used to increase energy supply 

Revision  

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Exams 

 

Key Stage 5 

Exam Board: AQA  

Link to Specification: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/as-and-a-level/geography-7037 

Future Careers: Geography can be useful in many different job families such as environmental science, engineering and manufacturing, animals, agriculture, plants and land, construction, leisure, sport and tourism, transport and logistics. 

 

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Year 12 

Hazards 

By exploring the origin and nature of these hazards and the various ways in which people respond to them, students are able to engage with many dimensions of the relationships between people and the environments they occupy. Study of this section offers the opportunity to exercise and develop observation skills, measurement and geospatial mapping skills, together with data manipulation and statistical skills, including those associated with and arising from fieldwork. 

Contemporary Urban Environments  

The section examines these processes and challenges and the issues associated with them, in particular the potential for environmental sustainability and social cohesion. Engaging with these themes in a range of urban settings from contrasting areas of the world affords the opportunity for students to appreciate human diversity and develop awareness and insight into profound questions of opportunity, equity and sustainability. Study of this section offers the opportunity to exercise and develop observation skills, measurement and geospatial mapping skills, together with data manipulation and statistical skills, including those associated with and arising from fieldwork. 

Costal Systems and Landscapes  

Student engagement with subject content fosters an informed appreciation of the beauty and diversity of coasts and their importance as human habitats. The section offers the opportunity to exercise and develop observation skills, measurement and geospatial mapping skills, together with data manipulation and statistical skills, including those associated with and arising from fieldwork. 

 

Changing Places  

This section of our specification focuses on people's engagement with places, their experience of them and the qualities they ascribe to them, all of which are of fundamental importance in their lives. Students acknowledge this importance and engage with how places are known and experienced, how their character is appreciated, the factors and processes which impact upon places and how they change and develop over time. Through developing this knowledge, students will gain understanding of the way in which their own lives and those of others are affected by continuity and change in the nature of places which are of fundamental importance in their lives. 

 

Year 13 

Global Systems and Global Governance  

Increased interdependence and transformed relationships between peoples, states and environments have prompted more or less successful attempts at a global level to manage and govern some aspects of human affairs. Students engage with important dimensions of these phenomena with particular emphasis on international trade and access to markets and the governance of the global commons. Students contemplate many complex dimensions of contemporary world affairs and their own place in and perspective on them. Study of this section offers the opportunity to exercise and develop both qualitative and quantitative approaches to gathering, processing and interpreting relevant information and data including, those associated with and arising from fieldwork. 

 

Water and Carbon Cycles  

This section of our specification focuses on the major stores of water and carbon at or near the Earth’s surface and the dynamic cyclical relationships associated with them. These are major elements in the natural environment and understanding them is fundamental to many aspects of physical geography. 

This section specifies a systems approach to the study of water and carbon cycles. The content invites students to contemplate the magnitude and significance of the cycles at a variety of scales, their relevance to wider geography and their central importance for human populations. The section offers the opportunity to exercise and develop geographical skills including observation, measurement and geospatial mapping skills, together with data manipulation and statistical skills including those associated with and arising from fieldwork. 

 

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Geography Date  
Year 11 GCSE Fieldwork 07th Mar 2018 Download