Geography Curriculum

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Year 9

Autumn Term
Tropical Storms – 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 study Hurricane Katrina as a case study and decide whether after ten years, lessons have been learned.

Spring Term
TBC – as GCSE specification still to be decided.

Summer Term
Topic 1: Battle for the Biosphere. This is a GCSE topic from unit 1 which focuses on the importance of biosphere and how humans are destroying or degrading the natural environment. Management strategies are then discussed.

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Year 10 GCSE (exam board: Edexcel B)

Autumn Term
Students will study the following topics:
Restless Earth – a unit which focuses on how and why the Earth’s tectonic plates move and explores the effects and management issues resulting from tectonic hazards.

Climate and Change – Students explore how and why the climate has changed in the past and go on to investigate what the challenges our future climate may present us with.

Water World – This unit focuses on the importance of water to the health of the planet and how water resources can be managed sustainably

Throughout the year, the following geographical skills are embedded into each unit: photograph and graph analysis, map skills, answering short and longer response questions and decision making.

Spring Term
Students will study the following topics:
Extreme Climates – the challenges of living in extreme climates and how they can be managed and protected from the threats they face.

River Processes and Pressures – how do river systems develop and the reasons why rivers flood and how it can be managed.

Population Pressures – how and why is population changing in different parts of the world and goes on to investigate how far population change and migration can be managed sustainably

Summer Term
Students will study the following topics:
Consuming Resources – students will investigate how and why resource consumption varies in different parts of the world? They will then assess how sustainable is the current pattern of resource supply and consumption?

In the remainder of this term, students will complete their rivers controlled assessment which is worth 25% of the GCSE. Lessons in this term will be spent working through each section and the final submission date will be the start of the Autumn term.

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Year 11 (exam board: Edexcel B)

Autumn Term
Students will work through the following Unit 2 topics:
Globalisation – how does the economy of the globalised world function in different places? And what changes have taken place in the flow of goods and capital.

Spring Term
Development Dilemmas – How and why do countries develop in different ways? How might the development gap be closed?
The Changing Economy of the UK – How and why is the economy changing? What is the impact of changing work on people?
The Challenges of a Rural World- what are the issues facing rural areas? How might these issues be resolved?

Summer Term
Students will prepare for the Unit 3- Making Geographical Decisions unseen exam and then go through a revision programme revising unit 1 and unit 2.

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Year 12 (exam board: Edexcel)

Autumn Term
Students will have two different teachers who will cover the following topics.
Unit 1 - World at Risk – focusing on global hazards and climate change
Unit 2 – Crowded Coasts – focusing on the coastal zone and coping with pressure. As part of this unit, students will attend a 4-day residential fieldtrip which will be based around Blackpool.

Spring Term
Students will have a mock exam after Christmas before starting the other half of the AS course which involves:
Unit 1 – Going Global – focusing on globalisation and population migration.
Unit 2- Rebranding Places – focusing on rebranding and drawing on the fieldwork that they collected in the Autumn term.

Summer Term
Students will prepare for their exams by working through past papers. A revision programme will run through the more complex aspects of the course.

When students return after half term, they will start Unit 3 by studying topic 1 – Energy Security.

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Year 13

Autumn Term
Students will build on knowledge gained in AS and complete the topic 1 – Energy Security before moving onto the second topic – Biodiversity Under Threat.

With a second teacher, they will start Unit 4 – Geographical Research which will focus on Life on the Margins: The Food Supply Problem. This is a research based course exploring food security.

Spring Term
Students will study the following topics with their two teachers:
Topic 2 – Water Conflicts, Topic 5 – Bridging the Development Gap and Topic 4 – Superpower Geographies.

Summer Term
Students will study the Topic 6 – Technological Fix topic and will then prepare for their examinations in both units.

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