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Geography

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KS3 Curriculum

2018-2019

Subject: Geography

Year 7

Content / Topics

Big Wide World

In this unit students will start their journey in Geography. They will explore the different aspects of Geography the physical and human sides as well as environmental issues. They will also have the opportunity to see exactly where they are in the world and look at how young people’s lives can be very different to their own. They will also have the opportunity to start to develop their geographical skills and map reading

Weather and climate

Students will increase their understanding of the world around them by exploring the UK’s weather and climate as well as extending it to Europe and the world. Students will investigate different climates both at home and abroad and look at what they are like as well as understand the conditions that create these climates. Students will also explore and develop an understanding of the mechanics of the weather we experience every day and look at how we can predict and measure of weather and climate

World Ecosystems

Here students will explore the different ecosystems of the world; they will have the opportunity to study the different plants and animals that live in the different habitats. Students will develop a keen understanding of the different factors and conditions that create these unique ecosystems, and also the different threats that they face and what they can do to preserve these important aspects of nature

Africa and Development

In this unit students have the opportunity to explore one of the world’s most interesting and diverse continents. Africa is home to some of the most celebrated animals in the world and students will investigate the different factors and conditions that have led to their unique development and that of their ecosystems. Africa is not only about stunning landscapes and interesting animals, it is also a study of real contrast, with rich and poor, students will investigate the reasons for the development gap between Africa and the rest of the world and evaluate the measures put in place to try and close this gap

Energy and global warming

Energy is what drives our modern world, students will explore the different sources of energy used today and evaluate each type and then look to the future of energy supply. Then students will look at one of the most significant threats to our way of life today, the issue of global warming and climate change. Students will investigate the causes of it and then explore the different solutions and evaluate what can be done and what they can do themselves

Skills Taught

Pupils will be taught independent learning techniques, team working skills and problems solving. Pupils will also develop their understanding of empathy and evaluation. They will have the opportunity to research and present information to their peers and self and peer assess work. They will begin to develop key geographical skills as well as developing their numeracy and graphical skills in a geography setting

Year 8

Content / Topics

Coasts and other landscapes

Students have the opportunity to take an in depth look at the nearly 8,000 miles of the UK’s coastline and explore the different process that shape the coast and the features created. They will also begin to look at the controversy and issues that our coastlines have. Students will have the opportunity to explore other UK landscapes created by rivers and ice. They can also see limestone landscapes and tectonic landscapes

Globalisation

The world is getting smaller all the time, students will be able to explore this process and investigate the impacts on different people across the planet

Population

The population of the world today is over 7 billion, students will have the opportunity to look at how population changes and moves and the challenges for the future

Russia and the Middle East

Pupils are to explore the development of two contrasting locations looking at the physical and human features and the different cultures of these to globally important regions.

Skills Taught

Pupils will be taught independent learning techniques, team working skills and problems solving. Pupils will also develop their understanding of empathy and evaluation. They will have the opportunity to research and present information to their peers and self and peer assess work. They will begin to explore key geographical processes and skills as well as further developing their numeracy, graphical and cartographic skills in a geography setting

GCSE KS4 Geography

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/gcse/geography-8035/introduction

If you require any further information regarding GCSE Geography please see Mr Rhodes.

Why Study Geography?

Studying Geography can provide an individual with a holistic understanding of our planet and its systems. Those who study Geography are better prepared to understand topics impacting our planet such as climate change, global warming, economy, and natural hazards.

Studying Geography develops a range of transferable skills which are highly valued in higher education, further education and the world of work. In addition to knowing about our planet and its people, those who choose to study geography will learn to think critically, research, and communicate their thoughts through writing and other means of communication independently. All students will take the same examination papers for this subject with grades awarded from 9-1, therefore there is no foundation paper.

Summary of Content which is tested in three examinations:

  • Paper 1 – 35% of total mark
  • Paper 2 – 35% of total mark
  • Paper 3 – 30% of total mark

Paper 1

Paper 2

Paper 3

Living with the Physical Environment

  • The challenge of natural hazards
  • The living world
  • Physical landscapes in the UK
  • Geographical skills

Challenges in the human environment

  • Urban issues and challenges
  • The changing economic world
  • The challenge of resource management
  • Geographical skills

Geographical applications

  • Issue evaluation
  • Fieldwork
  • Geographical skills

Progression

Geography is a valued subject that is very well respected by employers and universities. It will prepare you to write essays effectively, communicate your ideas clearly, debate important issues and listen to the views of others in preparation for A-level and beyond.

Key Websites

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/geography/

http://www.s-cool.co.uk/a-level/geography

Career opportunities in Geography : Conservation Worker; Environmental Health Officer; Architect;  Environmental Engineer;  Landscape Architecture; Surveyor;  Local Government services;  Transport Officer; Construction Lawyer; Teacher; Social Worker; Youth and Community Worker.