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Geography

Subject: Geography
Contact: Miss Z Oliver

Overview

All students in the school are given the opportunity to study Geography. Throughout all three Key Stages the classes are mixed ability. All the key stages look at key physical and human topics directly interlinked with the society and culture currently dominating the global stage and here in the UK. Geography allows students to develop critical thinking skills, and an awareness of the world in which they live on. Students are prompted to have their own opinions in lessons, support an opinion with their knowledge of topic areas as well as interlinking topics together such as global development and hazards.

Key stage 3 

Overview

Students in Key Stage 3 study a thematic approach; they consolidate their understanding of global locations alongside developing their ability to study physical and human geography. They also develop their understanding of how geographical processes interact to create distinctive human and physical landscapes that change over time. In doing so, they should become aware of increasingly complex geographical systems in the world around them.

Curriculum Content

Year

Autumn Term 

Spring Term 

Summer Term 

7

Tropical rainforests

Characteristics, human impacts and management of an extreme environment

Geography of Health

Impacts of health issues globally linked to development and healthcare systems.

Geographical Skills

OS Map Skills for the local area of Chester and the wider UK.

8

Natural Hazards: tectonics & weather hazards

Case studies of different events in history and across the globe including: earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and hurricanes.

Physical landscapes in the UK

A brief overview of fluvial, coastal and glacial landscapes in the UK

7 billion people. Is this the tipping point?

Population and development of countries around the world

 9

Africa the continent

Physical characteristics of Africa; formation of hot deserts and physical features of Africa linked to tectonics

Human characteristics, Urban issues and challenges faced by growing cities on the continent.

Geography of Conflict

Causes, effects and responses to recent geographical conflict.

Global issues

A look at what is currently impacting our global systems including; sustainable tourism &  plastic oceans

Age related milestones

Key stage 4 

Overview

Our GCSE course is exciting, diverse and relevant to our current UK and global dimensions, which studies geography in a balanced framework of physical and human themes and investigates the link between them. Students will travel the world from their classroom, exploring case studies in the United Kingdom, higher income countries (HICs), newly emerging economies (NEEs), and lower income countries (LICs).Topics of study include climate change, poverty, deprivation, global shifts in economic power and the challenge of sustainable resource use. Students are also encouraged to understand their role in society, by considering different viewpoints, values and attitudes. This is a linear course, examined at the end of Year 11. The students are well prepared for these final exams with regular exam practice and students will have five lessons a fortnight.

Exam board and course

AQA GCSE Geography (8035)

Curriculum Content

Year

Autumn Term 

Spring Term 

Summer Term 

10

Physical Paper:

Section A: the challenge of the natural world

Section B: The living world

Physical Paper:

Section B: The living world

Section C: Physical landscapes in the UK: Rivers

Physical Paper:

Section C: Physical landscapes in the UK: Glaciation

Geographical Applications: Physical fieldwork & numerical skills

11

Human Paper:

Section A: Urban issues and challenges

Geographical Application: Human Fieldwork

Section B: Changing economic world

Human Paper:

Section B: Changing economic world

Section C: resource management

Geographical applications:

Pre-release.

Enrichment opportunities

Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 students go on fieldwork residential and day trips.

Useful websites to support learning

BBC Bitesize website
GCSEPod website
Cool Geography website