Geography Curriculum

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Due to the reforms in geography and the increased content in the new specification, we have decided to start covering the content of the Edexcel B GCSE course from Year 9 onwards. We are in a period of transition from a two year course to a three year course which is why there appears to be some duplication in the teaching of topics between the year groups.

 

Year 9

Autumn Term

Tropical cyclones. Students will explore the causes of these hazards, where they occur and the impacts that they have on people and the environment. They will track a hurricane and make important decisions about when to evacuate. Students will assess the factors affecting vulnerability through the case studies of Hurricane Katrina which hit the USA and Cyclone Aila which hit Bangladesh.

Climate change. Students will develop an understanding of the global circulation of the atmosphere and our changing climate. The natural causes of climate change will be explored along with the evidence, such as ice cores, tree rings and historic sources, to prove our climate was different in the past. The human causes are then studied along with the evidence and possible consequences for people and the environment

Challenges of an urbanising world. Students will investigate the causes and challenges of rapid urban change. They will explore the reasons behind why the world is becoming increasingly urbanised and identify differences between developed and emerging economies.

 

Spring Term

Challenges of an urbanising world (continued). Students will focus on Mumbai and learn why it is growing so rapidly and the opportunities and challenges the city faces.

Coastal landscapes. Students will explore why there is a variety of distinctive coastal landscapes in the UK and will learn about the processes which have created them.

 

Summer Term

Development. Students will learn about the scale of inequality which exissts in the world and how it can be reduced. They will apply what they have learned to India which will be the main case study for this topic. Students will will explore the factors which have allowed the country to develop and investigate the positive and negative impacts of such rapid growth.

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Year 10 GCSE (exam board Edexcel)

Autumn Term

Students will study the following topics:

Tropical cyclones. Students will explore the causes of these hazards, where they occur and the impacts that they have on people and the environment. They will track a hurricane and make important decisions about when to evacuate. Students will assess the factors affecting vulnerability through the case studies of Hurricane Katrina which hit the USA and Cyclone Aila which hit Bangladesh.

Climate change. Students will develop an understanding of the global circulation of the atmosphere and our changing climate. The natural causes of climate change will be explored along with the evidence, such as ice cores, tree rings and historic sources, to prove our climate was different in the past. The human causes are then studied along with the evidence and possible consequences for people and the environment

Development. Students will learn about the scale of inequality and how it can be reduced. They will apply what they have learned to India which is the main case study for this topic. Students will explore the factors that have allowed the country to develop and investigate the positive and negative impacts of such rapid growth.

 

Spring Term

Students will complete the Development topic before moving onto the following topics:

Coastal change and conflict. Students will explore why there are a variety of distinctive coastal landscapes in the UK and will learn about the processes which have created them.

The UK's evolving human landscapes. Students will learn why places and people are changing in the UK. London will be the main case study for this topic and students will investigate the growth of London over time and also the decline and regeneration that has occurred in some parts of the city.

 

Summer Term

Students will study the following topics:

River processes and pressures. Students will learn how river landscapes contrast between the upper courses, mid-courses and lower courses of rivers and why channel characteristics change along the course of a named UK river. They will also study the causes of flooding and they will conduct a piece of physical fieldwork on the Cockshaw Burn in Hexham which will assess the flood risk of this area.

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Year 11 GCSE (exam board Edexcel)

Autumn Term

Students will study the following topics.

UK human landscapes. Students will learn why places and people are changing in the UK. London will be the main case study used in this topic. Students will investigate the growth of London over time and also the decline and regeneration that has occurred in some parts of the city.

Coastal change and conflict. Students will explore why there are a variety of distinctive coastal landscapes in the UK and will learn about the processes which have created them.

Development dynamics. Students will have the opportunity to re-visit what they learned in Year 10 as they will focus on the development of India. They will explore the factors which have allowed the country to develop and then investigate the positive and negative impacts of such rapid growth.

 

Spring Term

Challenges of an urbanising world. Students will study the causes and challenges of rapid urbanisation and will focus on Mumbai as their in-depth case study.

Hazardous earth. Students will have a refresher course on tropical cyclones (covered in Year 9) and tectonics (covered at the start of Year 10). They will then go on to study the global atmospheric system and climate change.

UK human landscapes. Students will undertake a fieldtrip to Newcastle which will help to recap content covered last term. They will visit two contrasting areas of the city and carry out a fieldwork investigation to assess the quality of life in each area.

Component 3: People and environmental issues - students will prepare for this exam by covering the following topics:

  • Forests under threat - This topic was partially covered in Year 10 as part of a tropical rainforest research project and so students will be reviewing what they have learned before going on to study the Taiga biome. They will then compare and contrast the characteristics and challenges faced by each.
  • Consuming energy resources - this topic was covered in Year 9 and so students will be refreshing their knowledge of the sources of energy and the advantages and disadvantages of each.
  • People and the biosphere - students will investigate why the biosphere is so important to human wellbeing and how humans use and modify it to obtain resources.

 

Summer Term

Students will continue to prepare for their final exams through a revision programme.

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Year 12 A Level (exam board Edexcel)

Autumn Term

Students have two different teachers. One will cover Unit 1 and the other will cover Unit 2:

  • Unit 1 – Topic 1: Tectonic Processes and Hazards
  • Unit 2 – Topic 3: Globalisation

 

Spring Term

  • Unit 1 – Topic 2: Landscape Systems, Processes and Change –2B Coastal Landscapes and Change.
  • Unit 2 – Topic 4: Shaping Places – 4A Regenerating Places

 

Summer Term

Students will complete the topics started in the Spring term and will then take part in a residential fieldwork to Lytham St Annes where they will either conduct an individual dune investigation or regeneration study in Blackpool. When they return, they will spend class time writing up their individual investigations before starting the Year 2 topics Superpowers and The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity.

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Year 13 A Level

Autumn Term

Students will continue to be taught by two teachers each focusing on a different exam paper.

  • Paper 1 – Topic 5 – The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
  • Paper 2 – Topic 7 – Superpowers

 

Spring Term

  • Paper 1 – The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security
  • Paper 2 – Topic 8: Global Development and Connections - Migration, Identity and Sovereignty.

Students will also prepare for Paper 3 which will involve revisiting the topics covered and focusing on the three synoptic themes covered by the specification:

  • Players
  • Attitudes and actions
  • Futures and uncertainties

The synoptic investigation will be based on a geographical issue within a place-based context that links to the three synoptic themes and is rooted in two or more of the compulsory content areas.

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