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Geography (Key Stage 4)

 

Year 9

What will pupils study this year?

The GCSE course is assessed by examination at the end of the course. Pupils will study three units over the course: Physical geography, human geography and geographical applications (Fieldwork and geographical skills). Pupils will undertake two geographical enquiries in contrasting environments.

Pupils will be developing and demonstrating a range of geographical skills including cartographic, graphical, numerical and statistical skills throughout their study. 

 

 

 Autumn Term

 Preparation for GCSE - Skills & Issue Evaluation

 Aims: to prepare pupils for the demands of GCSE Geography; the practise a variety of geographical skills; to apply knowledge of skills to evaluating topical issues.

 Pupils will study: key geographical skills such as using an atlas, latitude and longitude, scale and coordinates; exam technique applicable to different types of exam question; two issue evaluations: fracking in Lancashire and life in an increasingly urban world.

 Spring Term

 Paper 1, Section B: The Living World

 Aims: to develop an understanding of global ecosystems, the processes that underpin them and the ways in which human beings interact with fragile environments. 

 Pupils will study: the distribution of global ecosystems; an example of a small-scale UK ecosystem (Epping Forest); the characteristics of a tropical rainforest; issues related to biodiversity; causes and impacts of deforestation; strategies to manage the rainforest sustainably; the characteristics of a hot desert; opportunities for development and challenges in a hot desert; causes of desertification; strategies to reduce desertification.

 Summer Term

 Paper 2, Section A: Urban Issues and Challenges

 Aims: to deepen pupils’ appreciation of the fact that the world is becoming increasingly urban; to understand key concepts and processes of urbanisation; to apply understanding to real-world case studies.

 Pupils will study: The global pattern of urban change; factors affecting the rate of urbanisation; the emergence of megacities; a case study of a major city in a LIC or NEE to illustrate: location and importance, opportunities, challenges; an example of how urban planning can increase quality of life for the poor; the population of the UK; a case study of a major city in the UK to illustrate: location and importance, opportunities, challenges; an example of an urban regeneration project; features of sustainable urban living.

 

Year 10

What will pupils study this year?

 

 

 

 Autumn Term

 Paper 1, Section A: Natural Hazards

 Pupils will study: distribution of earthquakes and volcanoes; the different types of plate boundary; primary and secondary effects of tectonic hazards; response to earthquakes at different stages of development; planning, predicting and preparing for tectonic hazards; global atmospheric circulation; tropical storms; how climate change may affect tropical storms; weather hazards in the UK; extreme weather events in the UK.

 Spring Term

 Paper 2, Section B: Changing Economic World

 Pupils will study: measuring economic development; the demographic transition model; causes of uneven development; strategies to reduce the development gap; tourism in a LIC/NEE; a case study of a LIC/NEE to illustrate: the location and importance, changing industrial structure, the role of TNCs, political and trading relationships, international aid, quality of life of the population.

 Summer Term

 Paper 1, Section C: UK Physical Landscapes

 Pupils will study: wave types and characteristics; a variety of coastal processes including erosion, transportation, deposition, mass movement and weathering; the costs and benefits of flood management strategies at the coast; case study of a coastal management scheme in the UK; the long profile of a river; a variety of fluvial processes including erosion and deposition; landforms created as a result of these processes; case study of a major UK river valley; storm hydrographs; factors affecting flood risk; the costs and benefits of flood management strategies along the river.

 

Year 11

What will pupils study this year?

 

 

 

 Autumn Term

 Paper 2, Section A: Urban Issues & Challenges

 Pupils will study: a case study of a major city in the UK to illustrate: location and importance, opportunities, challenges; an example of an urban regeneration project; features of sustainable urban living.

 Paper 2, Section B: Changing Economic World

 Pupils will study: measuring economic development; the demographic transition model; causes of uneven development; strategies to reduce the development gap; tourism in a LIC/NEE;

 Spring Term

 Paper 2, Section B: Changing Economic World

 a case study of a LIC/NEE to illustrate: the location and importance, changing industrial structure, the role of TNCs, political and trading relationships, international aid, quality of life of the population.

 Paper 2, Section C: Resource Management 

 Pupils will study: the significance of food, water and energy to economic and social well-being; an overview of global inequalities in the supply and consumption of resources; an overview of resources in relation to the UK – Food; an overview of resources in relation to the UK – Water; an overview of resources in relation to the UK – Energy; demand for water resources is rising globally but supply can be insecure, which may lead to conflict.

 Summer Term

 Paper 3, Section A: Issue Evaluation

 Pupils will study a pre-release booklet of material that they will spend time studying an annotating in preparation for the Issue Evaluation section of their exam. They will also practice different geographical skills in order to prepare for Section B of Paper 3.