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Geography

Year 7

Throughout the year pupils in year 7 cover a broad range of topics that introduce them to the breadth and depth of our ever changing world. We start in term 1 developing a sense of place and the geography of the UK, gaining vital map reading skills and data processing. In term 2 weather systems and climate change are the focus in which students gain insights into the current climate and weather issues affecting our planet today, including climate change and reducing the greenhouse effect. Once we get to term 3, pupils develop a range of skills in analysing trends of world tourism, with a focus on the continent of Africa. Pupils will gain a sense of wonder about places such as Kenya and the wide variety of landscapes it has to offer, as well as the historic and cultural significance of changes over time. From term 4, pupils will study our planet Earth in more detail, honing in on geological time scales and the structure of the Earth. Development of the world, including emerging economies such as India will be covered in term 5, and in term 6, pupils learn about the rock cycle, weathering and how water has shaped and changed the landscape of the UK.

 

Year 8

Throughout the year pupils in year 8 continue a broad range of topics that build on knowledge in year 7, and enhance their understanding of the world we live in. We start in term 1 developing an understanding of the main natural hazards that face the modern world, such as earthquakes, hurricanes and drought, gaining importance skills in evaluating responses and management of theses hazards. In term 2 globalisation and the way companies connect us all, is the focus, in which students gain insights into companies such as Nike and McDonalds, including ‘sweat shop’ labour and migration concerns.  Once we get to term 3, pupils develop a range of skills in analysing threats to our changing coastlines, with a focus on UK coasts such as the vulnerable North Norfolk coastline. Pupils will experience the chance to develop fieldwork enquiry, collecting data from the world around them and processing this using statistics and graphs. From term 4, pupils will study the human population and current pressures on urban areas to meet the rising demand for housing and services, specifically focusing on London. Economic activities such as employment sectors and how we make money and the world of work will be covered in term 5, and in term 6, pupils learn about the world ecosystems, biomes and how we are managing these in the face of climate change and human destruction. Which animals may become extinct in the next 50 years?

 

Year 9

Throughout the year pupils in year 9 begin a more in depth study of the fundamentals of geography that they have been gaining since year 7. Pupils will begin with a recap of physical geography and UK Landscapes with a chance to enhance their use of OS maps and mapping skills. They will also focus on the course of rivers and our ever changing coastlines with opportunities to develop fieldwork and investigation skills. Year 9 geography will be a chance for many to show their ability to plan a sequence of studies in the physical world and test predictions by processing data and reaching justified conclusions. There will also be chance for year 9 pupils to study weather and climate of the world as well as weather hazards and how populations deal with devastating consequences of hurricanes and drought for example.

 

Year 10

Throughout the year pupils in year 10 will study weather and climate change, with a focus on how the UK is likely to be affected by global changes of the ocean and atmosphere, and how it is helping to reduce these impacts. Pupils will also have the chance to explore the different weather hazards including hurricanes and drought posed by low and high pressure weather events, as well as how countries deal with these hazards. By term 3 pupils then study global development and how developed countries are very different to those developing nations across the world. Pupils will compare places and gain an in depth knowledge of the emerging India. With over 1 billion inhabitants, India is highly diverse; TeamIndus one team competing to land a rover on the moon to cover a distance of minimum 500 metres and transmit high definition pictures back to Earth! Pupils will then also learn about our own changing landscapes including coastlines that are at risk and rivers that shape our land.

 

 

Year 11

In year 11 pupils will be developing their physical geography skills including recapping the rock cycle and the landscape around us, including coastlines at risk and the management of erosion along our beaches. This will include fieldwork enquiry where pupils will collect data and process it, reaching valid conclusions and reaching decisions. Pupils will then study both developed and developing countries across the world to gain a sense of how varied places are why economic income changes. Pupils in term 5 will focus on resource management, the overuse of fossil fuels and looking towards the future, sustainable energy sources. They will study not only the use of natural resources and deforestation, but also how communities and economies are affected by the extraction of resources on both local and global scales. Pupils will also have a chance to revisit their studies of both Mexico City and London in ‘Changing Cities’ unit near the end of the year.

 

Year 13

In year 13 pupils will be further widening their knowledge in both physical and human geography. They will study the carbon cycle, something which is important in maintaining planetary health. They will learn that changes to the most important store of carbon and carbon fluxes are a result of physical and human responses. Reliance on fossil fuels has caused significant changes to carbon stores and contributed to climate change resulting from human caused carbon emissions. Pupils will also be focussing on human aspects of our ever changing world with units on Superpowers and Migration. Year 13 geography will allow pupils to explore how global governance has developed to manage a number of common global issues (environmental, social, political and economic) and has a mixed record in its success in dealing with them. Pupils can learn that global governance has promoted growth and political stability for some people in some places, whilst not benefiting others. Unequal power relations have tended to lead to unequal environmental, social and economic outcomes. What is more, pupils study Superpowers, and how they can develop by a number of characteristics. The pattern of dominance has changed over time. Superpowers and emerging superpowers have a very significant impact on the global economy, global politics and the environment. The spheres of influence between these powers are frequently contested, resulting in geopolitical implications.