Geography

Course Outline 

KS4 (Y10 and Y11) AQA GCSE Geography (Syllabus A)

Section A

  • The Restless Earth (Plate Tectonic)
  • Water on the land (Rivers)
  • The Coastal Zone (Coasts)

Section B

  • Population Change, Changing Urban Environment, Tourism
  • Controlled Assessment – involving fieldwork.

KS4 – From September 2015 Y9, Y10 and Y11 will study AQA GCSE Geography (New Specification).

  • Unit 1 - Living with the physical environment
    The challenge of natural hazards. Physical landscapes of the UK.
    The Living World
  • Unit 2 - Challenges in the human environment
    Urban challenges. The changing economic world. The challenge of resource management.
  • Unit 3 - Geographical application.
    Issue Evaluation. Fieldwork

KS3 Geography

Year 8 (two lessons per week)
Unit 1. Hazards / Tectonics
Unit 2. Rivers
Unit 3. Coasts
Unit 4. Globalisation
Unit 5. Extreme Earth
Unit 6. Decision-Making Exercises

Year 7 (one lesson per week)

Unit 1. Introduction to Geography
Unit 2. Mapskills
Unit 3. Settlement Geography 

Key Topics Covered

KS4 (Y10 and Y11) AQA GCSE Geography (Syllabus A)

The topics covered include:

  • Mapwork Skills: Identify and understand geographical features using maps including 4 and 6 figure grid references.
  • Plate Tectonics: Volcanoes and Earthquakes.
  • Rivers: Learn how they work, why they flood and the costs and benefits they can provide.
  • Flooding: How does flooding affect people and how it can be prevented.
  • Coasts: How and why is the coastline formed and how can it be protected.
  • Population: Learn about why people live where they do and why some countries only allow you to have 1 child.
  • Urban Environments: What are they, why do so many people live in them and what problems can this cause.
  • Tourism: Explore exotic tourist destinations around the world from Blackpool to Benidorm!

Examinations and Controlled Assessments – Students will complete 2 examinations (worth 75% of the final GCSE mark) and a fieldwork project based in Flamborough (worth 25% of the final GCSE marks)

KS4 – From September 2015 Y9s will study AQA GCSE Geography (New Specification) for 3 years.

The topics covered include:

  • Unit 1 - Living with the physical environment
    The challenge of natural hazards. To find out about volcanoes and earthquakes.
    Physical landscapes of the UK. Studying mountains, rivers and coasts in the UK.
    The Living World Studying. Studying ecosystems, tropical rainforests and hot deserts.
  • Unit 2 - Challenges in the human environment
    Urban challenges, including world population growth. Studies of cities e.g. Sheffield and Mumbai.
    The changing economic world, looking at development issues, rich world –poor world Aid etc.
    The challenge of resource management. Looking at how resources can be managed in a sustainable way.
  • Unit 3 - Geographical application.
    Issue Evaluation using problem-solving techniques.

Fieldwork – take students to take part in fieldwork activities at Flamborough and in Sheffield.
The course will be assessed by exams Unit 1 35%, Unit 2 35% and Unit 3 30%.

KS3 Geography

Year 8 have two Geography lessons per week. They will cover 6 Units.

  • Unit 1. Hazards / Tectonics
    What is a Hazard? Structure of the Earth and Plate Tectonics. Earthquakes including a case study such as Haiti. Volcanoes including a case study of a volcanic eruption. Homework – Making a model volcano. Research assignment based on a volcanic eruption
  • Unit 2. Rivers
    Water cycle. Drainage basins. River features. Flooding
  • Unit 3. Coasts
    Waves. Coastal features, such as cliffs and sandy beaches. Longshore Drift. Coastal Protection – making a model e.g. groynes / sea walls.
  • Unit 4. Globalisation
    What is globalisation? Multinational companies. Fairtrade. Carbon footprint.
  • Unit 5. Extreme Earth
    Tropical storms and hurricanes. Research a hurricane e.g. Hurricane Katrina.
  • Unit 6. Decision-making exercise based on rivers or coasts examples
    Boscastle Flood (causes, effects and solutions). Holderness Coastal protection schemes.


Fieldwork

This will include an opportunity for fieldwork either to the coast or river.
Year 7 have one Geography lesson per week. They will cover 3 Units.

  • Unit 1. Introduction to Geography
    What is Geography? British Isles / Europe / World maps. Directions
  • Unit 2. Mapskills
    Using OS maps / Grid references / Contour lines / Distance and scale
  • Unit 3. Settlement Geography
    Different types of settlements / Function of settlements / Changing settlements / Zones of a city / Different types of homes.

Fieldwork
This will include local fieldwork in Mexborough.