Geography curriculum plan Key stage 3 and key stage 4

Year 7

Course title : Using geographical skills to study Geography

Aims : to introduce a range of geographical skills including map work, grid references, scale, Atlas work, graphing skills as tools to aid the understanding of the modern world

Knowledge and understanding/course description

Autumn TermSpring TermSpring Term
Geography skills kit/map workRegional study of ChinaLandscapes of the UK:
My space communityGlacial landscapes of the UK
Coastal landscapes of the UK

Assessment : this  will involve the assessment of short and longer responses through a series of formal and informal tasks. Students will be encouraged to talk through their understanding with their peers and teachers as well as their ability to respond in written form.

Year 8

Course title: Shaping the physical and human environment

Aims : to describe physical processes that help shape landscapes in different parts of the world and consider how human activity may change environments

Knowledge and understanding/course description

Autumn TermSpring TermSpring Term
Weathering and erosionCold environments and why they are so importantIndustry, energy and the environment
River landscapes and flooding

Assessment : this  will involve the assessment of short and longer responses through a series of formal and informal tasks. Students will be encouraged to talk through their understanding with their peers and teachers as well as their ability to respond in written form.

Year 9

In year 9 all students start work on the GCSE content of the AQA 8035 syllabus

Course title : The challenges of the physical environment

Aims :

To engage all students so that they develop an understanding of the variety physical environments across the world

To understand the characteristics and location of different large scale ecosystems (biomes) across the world

To understand the challenges and opportunities of living in such environments; Tropical rainforests and hot deserts

To understand the characteristics of hazardous environments : Tectonics (earthquakes and volcanoes), Tropical storms and climate change

Autumn TermSpring TermSpring Term
Living world – ecosystems, Tropical rainforest and Hot desertsHot desertAtmospheric hazards
Tectonic hazardsTropical storms
Living in hazardous zonesClimate change
Mitigation

Students are assessed through the practice of exam style question during the teaching of the course and at mid and end of unit tests

Year 10

Students continue working on the AQA GCSE geography syllabus (8035)

Autumn TermSpring TermSpring Term
Landscapes of the UK: RiversUrban issues and challengesLandscapes of the UK : Coasts
Rivers fieldwork (Dartmoor)Landscapes of the UK: coastsThe changing economic world
Urban issues and challengesFieldwork : Urban regeneration in Plymouth (Devonport)

Students are assessed through the practice of exam style question during the teaching of the course and at mid and end of unit tests

Year 11

Students continue working on the AQA GCSE geography syllabus (8035)

Autumn TermSpring TermSpring Term
The changing economic worldResource management (water)Revision
Resource management(water)Hazards revisionPre-release
Pre-releaseFieldwork revision

Students are assessed through the practice of exam style question during the teaching of the course and at mid and end of unit tests

At the end of year 11 students sit three examination papers

Paper 1 : Living with the physical environment- 1.5 hours (35%)

Topics : The challenge of natural hazards

The Living world

Physical landscapes in the UK

Paper 2 : Challenges in the human environment – 1.5 hours (35%)

Topics : Urban issues and challenges

The changing economic world

The challenge of resource management (water)

Paper 3 : Geographical applications – 1.25 hours (30%)

Topics : Issues evaluation (pre-release material)

Fieldwork – Physical geography fieldwork

Human Geography fieldwork

Student’s experience of fieldwork

Resources
Key Stage 5

Year 12 & 13: (Sixth Form)

EXAMINATION BOARD
AQA

WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT THIS SUBJECT?
Geography is a natural bridging subject that links the arts and the sciences, and includes fieldwork as an important element, allowing the student to see human and physical geography in action. In recent years we have undertaken fieldwork in Snowdonia National park, South Wales, Dartmoor, the Dorset and South Devon coasts (Chesil beach, Lulworth cove, Old Harry, Studland, Slapton, Start Point) and urban studies in Plymouth, Bristol and London.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Normally a minimum grade 6 in GCSE Geography, but students with lower grades will be considered at the discretion of the department.

YOU WILL STUDY
• Physical Geography; Water and Carbon cycles AND Physical Landscapes – choice of either Hot Desert Environments or Coastal Systems and Landscapes. Optional choice of one of Hazards, Ecosystems under Stress or Cold Environments.
• Human Geography; core modules of Global Systems (international trade and access to markets) and Global Governance (Antarctica) and Changing Places. Optional choice of Contemporary Urban Environments or Population and the Environment or Resource Security.
• Independent investigation, based on fieldwork. Report must be 3000-4000 words based on primary fieldwork data conducted during the two year course (constitutes 20% of the A Level marks). We expect to continue to run a residential fieldwork experience in Year 12 and Year 13. The Year 12 experience will introduce fieldwork ideas and opportunities that will help students plan for their Individual investigations. The development of investigative skills, numeracy, graphicacy and cartographic skills are all integral to the study of Geography.

YOU WILL LEARN TO
• Understand critical issues in both Human and Physical Geography.
• Write structured and detailed answers.
• Develop an enquiring and critical approach to Geography.
• Gain confidence from planning and carrying out fieldwork.

ASSESSMENT DETAILS
There are two exams, taken at the end of Year 13
• Paper 1: Physical Geography: 2 hours 30 minutes, 40% of final grade.
• Paper 2: Human Geography: 2 hours 30 minutes, 40% of final grade.

There is also an individual fieldwork investigation which is worth 20% of the final grade.

CAREERS AND UNIVERSITY PATHWAYS
Geography is the focus for the study of the world around us and is valued by universities and employers. Previous A Level Geographers have studied and gained employment in Urban Planning, the Armed Forces, Academic Research, Teaching, Accountancy, Leisure Management, Social Work, Conservation Management, Local Council Planning and many others routeways. Jobs of the future require flexibility and a broad skills base. Most people are unlikely to have life long careers in one job and the ability to be able to adapt to a changing world, socially, environmentally and economically, will be important.