Geography

Who we are:

  • Mrs V Kisubi – Curriculum Leader
  • Mr B McGrath
  • Mr P Whitehouse

Key Stage 3

Geography KS3

Year 7

Year 8

Autumn

Geography Skills

  • Basics of continents, oceans, satellite imagery, GIS
  • 5 W’s. Questioning our world.
  • Map skills. Sketch maps.
  • Grid references & scale

Geography of my stuff

  • Where our stuff comes from and why?
  • Deindustrialisation & Globalisation
  • Child labour & sweat shops
  • Where does all our rubbish go?

Ecosystems (Polar, Deserts and coasts)

  • Finding out about 3 contrasting ecosystems
  • Physical location, climate
  • Effects of people
  • How do we look after these ecosystems?

Spring

Africa is not a country

  • Initial stereotypes and images
  • Cross section North to South – lines of latitude to cover: Biomes, tectonics, countries, major cities, cultures.
  • Development levels – reasons for variations between countries and compared to the UK.

Fantastic places

  • Looking at a variety of the world’s most amazing physical & human landscapes.
  • Giants causeway, Dubai, Grand Canyon, Northern lights to name a few.
  • Geography of crime
  • What is crime & types of crime
  • What makes a criminal
  • Mapping local crime
  • Blood diamonds
  • Heroin trail
  • Designing our own crime free city!

Rivers and Flooding

  • River processes and landforms
  • World waterfalls
  • GIS – track rivers from source to mouth and describe route
  • Drainage basin
  • Why do rivers flood & a variety of real examples

 

Summer

Bodies and buildings

  • Urban landscapes in UK and beyond
  • Where do we all live?
  • Population density & distribution. Population change (migration & natural change)
  • Mega cities & shanty towns.
  • Settlement shapes – map work
     

Risky world

  • Investigate 3 main tectonic hazards
  • Mapping locations (long and lat practice) and plate boundaries.
  • How each boundary works and associated hazards
  • Impacts of such hazards – case studies
  • Make our own exploding volcanoes!!

Changing Planet

  • greenhouse gases and their effect
  • is climate change natural or caused by humans?

 

South East Asia Case study

  • location of region, physical and human landscape
  • religions, languages, culture
  • Research project

Key stage 4

Examination Board: OCR B

Component 01: Our natural world
Students develop an understanding and appreciation of the natural world they live in and why it looks the way it does. They study the rich diversity of landscapes and ecosystems which are changing through physical processes and human interactions.

There are four topics:

  • Global hazards
  • Changing climate
  • Distinctive landscapes
  • Sustaining ecosystems.

Fieldwork skills include understanding and applying specific geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to real-world physical geographical contexts.

Component 02: People and society
Students explores the social, cultural, political and economic forces that make places unique, and how these change over time and space, particularly the growth of urbanisation and the challenges of feeding an ever-growing population.

There are four topics:

  • Urban futures
  • Dynamic development
  • UK in the 21st century
  • Resource reliance.

Fieldwork skills include understanding and applying specific geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to real-world human geographical contexts.

Component 03: Geographical exploration
This component draws on geographical knowledge, understanding and skills that have been developed in components 01 and 02. This synoptic assessment enables students to demonstrate their understanding of the connections between the different elements of the subject.

Geographical skills:

  • Cartographic
  • Graphical
  • Numerical
  • Statistical.

This component includes a decision-making exercise, here students can become critical thinkers and develop arguments.

March 2019