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Students will understand the physical processes that create different landforms such as rivers and coast lines as well as tectonic hazards, such as volcanos and earthquakes. They will also understand the impact of humans on the natural world, learning how humans are exacerbating climate change which is linked to more extreme weather, a reduction in animal species and a deterioration of cold environments.

Students will understand the factors that produce a range of human environments. These include the impact of a growing urban population on resources and how we can live more sustainably. Students will also understand the interrelationships between economic growth, the environment and social factors.

Students can apply theory to several case studies including Chile and Nepal (Tectonic Hazards), Typhoon Haiyan (Extreme Weather) and Rio de Janeiro and Nigeria (Urban issues and challenges).  Alongside this, geographical skills are developed including graph skills, field work, map reading and making judgements on strategies to improve the physical and human environments.

Curriculum information

YEAR 7

Learning outcomes

  • During the first year of studying geography pupils will gain a greater awareness of where places are within the world. 
  • Pupils should consolidate and extend their knowledge of the world’s major countries and their physical and human features.
  • They will learn the interrelatedness of various physical and human geographical concepts 

Topics taught

  • Geographical Map Skills (‘Fantastic Places’)
  • Population and Migration
  • Weather and Climate
  • Urbanisation
  • Ecosystems
  • International Development (Africa/Asia)

YEAR 8

Learning outcomes

  • Pupils begin to, exploring the natural environments of the world and becoming more accustomed to how features are formed. 
  • They should understand how geographical processes interact to create distinctive human and physical landscapes that change over time.
  • Pupils are now developing the ability to explain geographically

Topics taught

  • Geology and Tectonics
  • Climate Change
  • Rivers and Flooding
  • Economic Activity
  • Coasts and Coastal management
  • Resources and Global Issues

YEAR 9

Learning outcomes

  • Pupils begin studying the AQA GCSE Geography course, starting with Unit 1: Living with the Physical Environment. 
  • This unit is concerned with the dynamic nature of physical processes and systems, and human interaction with them in a variety of places and at a range of scales. The aims of this unit are to develop an understanding of the tectonic, geomorphological, biological and meteorological processes and features in different environments, and the need for management strategies governed by sustainability and consideration of the direct and indirect effects of human interaction with the Earth and the atmosphere.
  • Urban Challenges, part of Unit 2 is also taught giving students an awareness of aspects of both physical and human geography. They will study a variety of places on a range of scales (cities, countries) in various stages of development, such as higher income countries (HICs - UK), lower income countries (LICs – Brazil but focussed on the city Rio de Janeiro).

Topics taught

  • The Challenge of Natural Hazards - Tectonics Hazards/Weather Hazards/Climate Change 
  • Urban issues and challenges – the urban world, urban change in the UK, sustainable urban development 
  • Physical landscapes in the UK - coastal landscapes/river landscapes
Geography is fun and interesting. I like it when we learn about different places. I learn about the world and skills that would be very handy.
Year 8 student

YEAR 10

Learning outcomes

  • Within Year 10 Geography we continue to study the AQA GCSE Geography course. We focus more on Unit 2: Challenges in the Human Environment. 
  • Students will become more aware of human processes, systems and outcomes and how these change both spatially and temporally. 
  • The aims of this unit are to develop an understanding of the factors that produce a diverse variety of human environments; the dynamic nature of these environments that change over time and place; the need for sustainable management; and the areas of current and future challenge and opportunity for these environments. This year the focus is on analysing the challenges and opportunities of newly emerging economies (NEEs – Nigeria)
  • Students will have an improved understanding of the impact of humans on the Living World as we go back to Unit 1 and learn the impact of humans on ecosystems, rainforests and cold environments.
  • Pupils will also take part in their first Geographical fieldwork to Newbiggin and Sandy Bay beaches, collecting the data required for Unit 3: Geographical Applications. This will be their Physical Geography fieldwork.

Topics taught

  • Ecosystems - Small scale ecosystems/Tropical Rainforests/Cold Environment 
  • The Changing Economic World – the development gap, Nigeria: a newly emerging economy, the changing UK economy
  • Urban issues and challenges –sustainable urban development
  • The challenge of resource management – resource management overview, energy management
  • Fieldwork

YEAR 11

Learning outcomes

  • Within Year 11 Geography we continue to study the AQA GCSE Geography course. 
  • We started by completing the fieldwork aspects of Unit 3 and will start to be introduced to the Decision-Making element of the course. Pupils will complete a practice DME, in preparation for the real DME which they will receive March 2019. 
  • Linked to the fact this is the third year of the GCSE course, they will recap and revise all of Unit 1: Living with the Physical Environment and Unit 2: Challenges in the Human environment. This will be based around the pupils gaining a high level of depth and breadth of the topics but also becoming more familiar with the exam format. 
  • Pupils will be prepared as to how to answer a range of questions styles, with a key understanding of the exam command terms and how to set out a nine-mark answer.

Topics taught

  • Unit 3 – Geographical application and skills (although taught throughout year 9 and 10 by interleaving within topics)
  • Issue evaluation – linked to coasts
  • Issue evaluation – linked to urban issues
  • Revision – Unit 1, Unit 2, Unit 3
  • Exam technique improvement
Link to exam specification

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/gcse/geography-8035

GCSE Geography is interesting, educational and fun. It covers lots of topics which broaden your knowledge in everyday life and show you how the world works. The teachers are very supportive, friendly and fun! Overall, geography is a great subject for anyone interested in the way the world works.
Year 11 student
Geography is one of my favourite subjects. I find both the physical and human elements extremely interesting. The teachers are eager to give you extra help and support when needed. My teacher has taught us everything we need to know and explains in depth all of the content in a way I find easy to understand.
Year 11 student