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Geography Curriculum 2020/21

KS3 Year 7

Autumn

Storm Glass: Students explore many aspects of human and physical Geography, linked to the ‘Storm Glass’ text.

Awe & Wonder: Students are introduced to a variety of map skills, which they will build upon throughout their geographical journey. Skills such as grid references, relief and scale are taught whilst also investigating the Wonders of the World, from Machu Pichu to the Colosseum.

 

Spring

Geography of Conflict: Conflicts across the world are studied during this unit, beginning with piracy in Somalia, moving on to blood diamonds in Sierra Leone and ending with war in the Middle East. Students will investigate a range of reasons for global conflict, along with their impacts and potential solutions.

Biomes: With the help of Disney, students will learn about a wide range of biomes in locations all around the world. They will look at the geographical location, climate, plants and animals in each biome, along with the changes in these biomes due to human activity.

 

Summer

Tectonic Hazards: This unit provides students with the foundation knowledge of a GCSE topic, which will support them should they choose to stay with the subject in Year 9 and beyond. Students will investigate the causes and impacts of recent earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis which shook the world.

Rivers and Coasts: With a focus on the UK, students will look at various geographical features both in rivers and on the coast. For example, they will be taught how waterfalls form, why there are beaches and how human activity has an impact on both of these environments.

 

KS3 Year 8

Autumn

Development: Students begin the year looking at development of countries across the world. They will investigate why some countries are rich when others are so poor, how world-famous businesses are impacting countries across the globe and what can be done to help those countries most in need.

Climate Change: Arguably one of the world’s largest environmental issues will be focused on in detail. Students will spend time looking at the causes and impacts of climate change, as well as the solutions to it provided by different countries and international figures. They will look at the opinions of activists such as Greta Thunberg and will take part in the ‘Fact or Fiction?’ debate within their class groups.

 

Spring

Africa: The first half of the spring term will be spent looking at various different geographical aspects of the African continent. Human topics such as development within the African nations will be followed by physical topics such as the different biomes in Africa, the issue of desertification and plant and animal adaptations across the continent.

Nigeria: Students will study Nigeria in detail, investigating the reasons for its importance, population changes and the impact of large, global companies such as Shell oil.

 

Summer

Urbanisation: Students will learn about the concept of urbanisation, the issues caused by it and the solutions to it. They will look at various geographical examples, from slums in India to sustainable cities in the Middle East.

Fieldwork: Students will build on key geographical skills taught to them in Year 7, whilst carrying out fieldwork on the school site. Students will carry out fieldwork from start to finish, collecting and analysing their own data, before writing up their results to prepare them for GCSE, should they choose to carry on with Geography in to Year 9.

 

KS4 Year 9

Autumn

Rivers: After a re-cap of key geographical skills, students will begin their GCSE course by studying the processes and features of UK rivers. They will also look at the relationship between UK waterways and humans, focusing on recent case studies such as the Banbury floods.

Coasts: Students will investigate the formation of a variety of different features on the UK coastline relating them to real-life examples such as Durdle Door and Old Harry Rocks. They will also judge for themselves whether the coastal management strategies in place in Lyme Regis are effective in protecting the town.

 

Spring

Resource Management: Food, water and energy are all a vital part of human life and students have the opportunity to look into how these resources are distributed and consumed across the world. A focus is put on water and with the use of real-life case studies. Students will investigate how water is managed in parts of the world where it is scarce and also how it can be more sustainably managed here in the UK.

The Urban World: Students will virtually visit major cities of the world in this unit and focus on Rio de Janeiro. They will be taught how populations are managed in large cities, the impact of crime and unemployment and also why the management of social and economic issues in cities is more important than ever.

 

Summer

Sustainable Urban Development: With a focus on Freiburg, Germany, students will gain an insight into how modern cities sustainably manage different aspects of everyday issues. Students will form their own opinions on the effectiveness of various sustainable strategies and compare them to other options across the world. A focus will be placed on the transport network and managing the movement of large populations in cities every day.

Natural Hazards: The structure of the Earth and the movement of tectonic plates are closely studied in this unit, along with the catastrophic events that these movements can bring. Students will look at the causes and impacts of earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and typhoons, with the use of recent case studies. They will also look at the responses to these disasters and learn how countries are still trying to rebuild their lives following these events.

 

KS4 Year 10

Autumn

Natural Hazards: The structure of the Earth and the movement of tectonic plates are closely studied in this unit, along with the catastrophic events that these movements can bring. Students will look at the causes and impacts of earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and typhoons, with the use of recent case studies. They will also look at the responses to these disasters and learn how countries are still trying to rebuild their lives following these events.

Ecosystems: students will study the characteristics of many biomes across the world, looking at rainforests and deserts in detail. They will study the impacts of humans on these two different environments, as well as the physical structures of them and the characteristics of plants and animals native to them.

Spring

The Development Gap: In this unit, students will investigate the distribution of wealth and resources across the world. They will be taught how population growth is monitored across the globally, as well as the impact of uneven development on some of the world’s poorest nations.


Urban Change: With a focus on Bristol, this unit explores the social and economic impacts of migration, the reasons behind the regeneration of some of Bristol’s neighbourhoods and the improved social opportunities for the local people.

Summer

Sustainable Urban Development: With a focus on Freiburg, Germany, students will gain an insight into how modern cities sustainably manage different aspects of everyday issues. Students will form their own opinions on the effectiveness of various sustainable strategies and compare them to other options across the world. A focus will be placed on the transport network and managing the movement of large populations in cities every day.

Physical/Human Geography Revision: Students will be taught a variety of different revision techniques, as well as how to effectively revise. They will practice these skills whilst working through the topics in both the physical and human papers. Lessons will be tailored to the knowledge gaps and needs of individual classes to ensure students’ revision time is maximised.

 

KS4 Year 11

Autumn

Key Geographical Skills: Students will re-cap and practise cartographic, graphical and statistical skills they have learnt over the GCSE course, in preparation for the Paper 3 exam.

Fieldwork Techniques and Skills: Students will undertake a fieldwork day, where they will practise a variety of data collection techniques. Back in the classroom they will learn how to present their data and analyse it, in preparation for the Paper 3 exam.

Nigeria: This unit covers both human and physical geographical issues across Nigeria. Students will investigate the impacts of transnational corporations, the changing employment structure, the various different biomes and their impact on the country, to name but a few.

 

Spring

The Changing UK Economy: Looking at various case studies from across the UK, students will investigate how the industrial structure of the UK has changed, in addition to the impacts of improvements made to the UK’s transport system.

Paper 3 Pre-Release: A copy of the pre-release material will be given to the students. They will study it in lessons and the content will be taught in detail, prior to being given a clean copy in the exam.

 

Summer

Human and Physical Revision: The summer term will be spent revising for the GCSE exams. Lessons will be tailored by individual teachers, according to the identified knowledge gaps in their classes.

Revision lessons will be interspersed with practise exam questions, a walking-talking mock and lessons which are focused on the breakdown of exam questions and command words.