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Geography

Year 7

Year 7 Geography introduces key concepts and skills in order to successfully transition into Key Stage 3 using a curriculum following the National Curriculum.

Students will learn concepts and topics from both the Human and Physical side of Geography, and begin to establish how the interconnections of the two bring together the most exciting and controversial elements of modern geography. The main skill Year 7s will be learning is to interact with maps and atlases, to identify places confidently and with expertise. Students in year 7 will be introduced and develop their geographical writing through essay questions and data analysis skills. Students are assessed on their geographical knowledge, geographical skills and writing skills throughout the year.

Concentration on mastery of: map skills (scale, direction and distance), locating and describing locations with the use of maps and atlas, explaining using PEEL structures.

Key concepts and topics taught

Autumn Term

Map Skills

Ecosystems

Rainforests

Spring Term

Globalisation- trade and Fairtrade

Weather and Climate

Summer Term

Settlement

China

Year 8

During Year 8, Geography students will be concentrating on strengthening their map skills, data analysis and wider geographical skills.

Students will learn concepts and topics from both the Human and Physical side of Geography following the National Curriculum. Increasingly the students will identify the interconnections between the human and physical elements, and assess the impact of one upon the other and vice versa. For example, upon explaining the volcanic eruption processes students will assess the impact of volcanic eruptions on people living near them.  

Continued development of: map skills (scale, direction and distance), locating and describing locations with the use of maps and atlas, explaining using PEEL structures.

Concentration on mastery of: location description skills, consideration of human and physical factors, structuring an argument.

Key concepts and topics taught

Autumn Term

Development and Quality of Life

Plate tectonics- earthquakes and volcanoes

Spring Term

Population and migration

Rivers and coasts

Summer Term

Climate Change

Sustainability and environmental protection

Year 9

Geography students in year 9 will primarily focus on starting their three year GCSE study. The Edexcel A course is assessed in three papers with 3 components. The students will focus on Component 1- The Physical Environment. Students will be assessed by using mock GCSE style questions and will have ample opportunities to practice, develop and consolidate their technique.  Students will complete a Paper 1 mock at the end of the Year assessing all elements of Component 1- The Physical Environment and skills mastered this year.

Continued development of: location description skills, using of maps and atlas, explaining using PEEL structures.

Concentration on mastery of: describing and using data, graphs and geographical numeracy. Interaction with the geological timescale with ease and expertise. Interaction with the geological timescale with ease and expertise.

Key concepts and topics taught

Autumn Term

Changing Landscapes of the UK

Geology- rock types and rock cycle

Coasts - formation and coastal defence

Spring Term

River- formations and processes

Weather and Climate- UK Climate and weather

Summer Term

Ecosystems, Biodiversity and Management

Year 10

Geography students in year 10 will primarily focus on starting their three year GCSE study. The Edexcel A course is assessed in three papers with 3 components. The students will focus on Component 2- The Human Environment. Students will be assessed by using mock GCSE style questions and will have ample opportunities to practice, develop and consolidate their technique.  Students will complete a Paper 2 mock at the end of the Year assessing all elements of Component 2- The Human Environment and skills mastered this year.

Continued development of: location description skills, using of maps and atlas, explaining using PEEL structures.

Concentration on mastery of: describing and using data, graphs and geographical numeracy.

Key concepts and topics taught

Autumn Term

Changing Cities - Mexico City and Birmingham

Spring Term

Global Development- India

Summer Term

Resource Management

Year 11

Year 11 Geography students’ primary focus will be to prepare for their WJEC B GCSE exams. Over the course of the year, students will complete a controlled assessment which is 25% of the total grade and revise all three units for the examination. The units are: Theme 1 Challenges of Living in a Build Environment; Theme 2 Physical Process & Relationships between People and the Environments and Theme 3 Uneven Development and Sustainable Environments.

Additionally, students will prepare for 2 exams. The Unit 1 Paper: Challenges and Interactions in Geography is 1 hour and focuses on Theme 1 and Theme 2.  The Unit 2 Paper: Development and Problem Solving consists of a 30 min section focusing on Theme 3 and 1 hour 30 min cross-unit problem solving exercise structured in three parts.

Continued development of: Describing and using data, graphs and geographical numeracy. Interaction with the geological timescale with ease and expertise.

Concentration on mastery of: exam style technique, case-study writing and application of exam resources.

Key concepts and topics taught

Autumn Term

Revision of Theme 1 and Theme 2

Field trip for Controlled Assessment.

Controlled Assessment

Spring Term

Controlled Assessment

Revision of Theme 3

Summer Term

Revision of all themes.

Practising of exam techniques.

Mastery of Case-study writing.

Year 12

Year 12 Geography Students will be introduced to the content and skills of Edexcel A level. The four key topics taught during this year are: Globalisation, Tectonics, Coastal Landscapes and Change and Regenerating Places.

Students will be part of a 3 day residential fieldtrip where they will assess both coastal landscapes and regenerated places through various fieldwork techniques. This fieldtrip provides the students with the knowledge to answer fieldwork skills within the exams, whilst supporting and extending the learning on these topics. Students will assessed through mock examinations as well as a variety of challenging essay questions.

Continued development of: Analysing data, graphs and strengthening geographical numeracy. Interaction with the geological timescale with ease and expertise. Interaction with maps and atlases to support location descriptions. 

Concentration on mastery of: Confident application of GIS to analyse locations, exam style technique, case-study writing and application of exam resources. Research techniques and reading through journal articles.

Key concepts and topics taught

Human

Physical

Autumn Term

Globalisation

Tectonic Hazards

Spring Term

Rebranding and human research techniques

Coasts and physical research techniques

Summer Term

Revision of human topics and exam technique

Move onto A2 Content : Start independent project

Revision of physical topics and exam technique

Move onto A2 Content : Start independent project

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