Geography is so much more than a school subject or academic discipline. It defines our everyday lives. From the moment we are born, a journey of interactions with people and places begins. All of our day-to-day going’s on unfold over space, place and time, and so these core defining concepts of Geography and the interactions between them are at the heart of the constant evolution of human history.
Key Stage 3
Over the course of Year 7 pupils will study a total of six core geographical topics that aim to give them a strong base for a topical and thorough understanding of geography at secondary level. The topics have been carefully chosen to reflect both human and physical strands of geography, paying focus throughout to geographical skills; a topic that has its own paper at GCSE. Weaving such skills into the six core topics prepares and equips pupils with examination skills and practise from an early starting point.
The first of the six topics looks at pupils' 'sense of place' and understanding of where they live in the world. It aims to explore the geography within their local areas and beyond, looking at different scales of geography: local, national and global. Students will gain knowledge about where they live, the continent they belong to and some key statistics and data about the country they live in and those countries nearby.
Pupils will then move on to exploring countries further afield. Pupils will study the African continent, zooming into two countries, Kenya and Nigeria. Both countries are at different stages of development and pupils will use a 'human geography' lens to explore the reasons behind this. Pupils will be introduced to the topic of tourism in both countries, and the effect this has on the country's economy, it's people and it's environment.
Further into term 2, pupils will begin to explore the physical landscape of the UK in more detail. They will look at rivers and coasts and how different processes that occur near both of these features, shape and mould the land. This topic will help pupils to gain an understanding of how physical interactions on the earth's crust impact on people and communities as well. UK case studies will be used to ensure that pupil's become familiar with GCSE case studies early on in their geography education.
Moving into the final term, pupils will explore our changing economic world. They will look at China in detail and the different industries within that country that are responsible for the countries dramatic economic growth. Ethical issues of trade and industry will be explored in order to give pupils the skills to question, challenge and argue what they know about our world. This will then lead pupils into their final topic in year 7: Ecosystems.
Pupils will explore the tropical rain forest from both a physical and human angle, looking at the ecological interactions at play within the rain forest and the conflicts that occur as a result of the amazing wildlife and resources within it. Linking back to ideas of scale, pupils will be able to analyse whether the destruction of the rain forest is a local issue within the Amazon, or whether it will soon begin to affect us globally, if it hasn't already...
In year 8 you will begin with the theme of the Middle East. Where you will learn about conflict in Afghanistan and how the war has affected its’ development. You will learn how farmers have been forced to be involved with the drugs trade in Afghanistan. Moving onto Dubai you will learn how Dubai has grown from a barren desert landscape to one of the most luxurious cities on the planet. Both of these topics are designed to deepen your understanding of the social, economic and environmental connections between places and people.
A further country study of Russia has been designed to improve your knowledge of Atlas skills starting with mapping Russia’s physical and human geography features. You will discover how Russia has become a dominant country and how Nuclear disasters such as the Chernobyl disaster in the Ukraine has affected Russia. The final part of this module will show you how people in Russia survive in the harsh Tundra region. Here you will also learn how animals have adapted to the conditions and have the opportunity to create your own Tundra animal.
You will then move onto dangerous geography where you will learn how natural hazards such as volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis and tropical storms occur. You will build your knowledge around past and present natural hazards and explore how they can affect people’s lives. Whilst studying this topic you will have the opportunity to learn and present your work in a variety of ways.
For those of you who prefer human geography we will then study the topic of tourism, with a primary focus on how tourism has developed in the UK. We will research how tourism can have both positive and negative impacts in an area, using the Lake District National Park as a case study. Moving onto Jamaica and Kenya you will learn how these countries cope with the pressures of an increasing influx of tourists and how countries are moving towards ‘sustainable tourism’.
Next is a topic that affects the lives of every individual on the Planet-Climate Change. In this topic you will learn the importance of studying Geography and how you can become a global citizen. You will learn the causes and consequences of climate change and solutions aimed at reducing the issue of Global Warming. To finish you will study how precious ecosystems such as Antarctica are in danger and learn strategies that could be used to protect this fragile environment.
Our final topic is Glaciation. Have you ever wondered how the beautiful countryside of the UK was formed? Well in year 8 Geography you will be transported back to over 20,000 years ago and you will discover how the several Ice Ages changed our landscape. By studying Glaciation, you will learn the processes involved in creating features such as Valleys, Corries and Ribbon lakes. Through the use of Ordnance survey maps you will develop your map skills and learn how to identify and locate features of glaciated areas.
Key Stage 4
Geography AQA (8035)
The subject content is split into four units: 3.1 Living with the physical environment, 3.2 Challenges in the human environment, 3.3 Geographical applications and 3.4 Geographical skills.
In units 3.1 and 3.2 the content is split into sections, with each section focusing on a particular geographical theme. Unit 3.3 sets out the requirements for fieldwork and issue evaluation. Unit 3.4 sets out the geographical skills that students are required to develop and demonstrate.
In the specification content, students are required to study case studies and examples. Case studies are broader in context and require greater breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding. Examples are more focused on a specific event or situation, are smaller in scale and do not cover the same degree of content.
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