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Geography

Subject: Geography

Subject Leader: Mrs A Mettyer

Overview

Key Stage 3 Geography at Icknield High School aims to inspire students with a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. Students will learn about the relationship between physical and human processes through a broad curriculum.

 

It is important for students to have an understanding of what is happening in the world around them today, which is what we aim to provide using a range of case studies.

We aim to bring these issues to life through a variety of field trips that are offered to students ranging from day trips to residential, including a trip to Sorrento in Italy to see tectonics in action as well as a variety of coastal processes.

 

Students will be provided with a variety of skills that will be transferable to all GCSE subjects including extended writing, communication and debating skills.

Key Stage 3 Overview

Year 7

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Theme: Countries and Regions

 

Topic: Country Study

  • UK.
  • Germany.
  • Kenya.
  • Thailand.
  • UAE.

 

Revisit:

  • The UK (Primary School National Curriculum).

Theme: Natural Hazards

 

Topic: UK Rivers and Coasts

  • The water cycle.
  • The drainage basin.
  • River jobs.
  • Causes of flooding.
  • UK Flooding case study – Boscastle.
  • River management.
  • Types of waves.
  • Geology.
  • Costal features (stack stump, spit etc).
  • Causes and effects of erosion.
  • Coastal management.

 

Revisit:

  • The UK.
  • The water cycle (Primary School National Curriculum).

 Spring 1

Spring 2

Theme: Development

 

Topic: Ghana, Japan and Development

  • Development Indicators.
  • How we measure development.
  • Barriers to development and solutions.

 

Revisit:

  • Country knowledge.
  • Development.

Theme: Biomes

 

Topic: Deserts (Hot and Cold)

  • Where the biomes are located.
  • Key characteristics.
  • How plants and animals have adapted to the conditions.

 

Revisit:

  • UAE.
  • Antarctica Day.
  • Development.
Summer 1 Summer 2

Theme: Climate and the future

 

Topic: Weather and Climate

  • Types of weather.
  • Types of rain.
  • Types of cloud.
  • Hurricanes.
  • Tornadoes.
  • UK Climate.
  • Global Climate.

 

Revisit:

  • UK
  • Knowledge of hazards from. rivers flooding.
  • Development.
  • Country Knowledge.

Theme: people and Society

 

Topic: Urbanisation

  • Causes of urbanisation.
  • The world’s megacities.
  • Problems in the favelas.
  • Life in the slums.
  • Urban ghettos.
  • London Case Study.

 

Revisit:

  • Tokyo and other cities from country case study topic (inc the UK).
  • Development.

Year 8

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Theme: People and Society

 

Topic: Globalisation

  • What is globalisation?
  • How do companies operate?
  • What are the challenges and benefits of globalisation?
  • The Clarke Fisher model and employment.

 

Revisit:

  • Country knowledge.
  • Development.
  • Jobs in Japan and Ghana.
  • Jobs in other countries.
  • Urbanisation.

Theme: Natural Hazards

 

Topic: Tectonics

  • Structure of the earth.
  • Convection.
  • Location and types of plate boundaries.
  • Causes, impacts and responses of earthquakes and volcanoes.

 

Revisit:

  • Japan.
  • Development.
  • Knowledge of hazards from flooding.
  • Urbanisation.

 Spring 1

Spring 2

Theme: Biomes

 

Topic: Tropical Rainforest and Arctic

  • Locations.
  • Key characteristic.
  • Plant and animal adaptation.
  • How do people live in the rainforest?
  • Threats and conservation.

 

Revisit:

  • Biomes – Deserts.
  • Country Knowledge Ghana and Thailand.
  • Russia from globalisation topic.
  • Weather and climate.
  • Deserts and Antarctica.

Theme: Countries and Regions

 

Topic: The Middle East

  • The physical Geography.
  • Why is the Middle East an important region?
  • What is the economy like?
  • What is the population like?
  • The UAE.

 

Revisit:

  • Development.
  • Country knowledge.
  • Resources.
  • Weather and Climate.
Summer 1 Summer 2

Theme: Climate and the future

 

Topic: What’s the problem with energy and resources?

  • Energy Types.
  • Energy in Iceland (Geothermal.)
  • Energy in Japan (Nuclear).
  • Energy in China (3 Gorges Dam hydroelectric).
  • Energy in the UK (Wind).
  • Energy in the Middle East (Oil).

 

Revisit:

  • Japan.
  • Rivers (China Hydroelectric).
  • Tectonics (Iceland/Japan).
  • UAE – Oil.
  • The UK.
  • Weather and climate.
  • Development.

Theme: Development

 

Topic: Why hasn’t Africa developed?

  • Barriers to development.
  • Development indicators.
  • Country examples.
  • Development theories.
  • Breaking the cycle of poverty.

 

Revisit:

  • Ghana Malawi, development indictors.
  • Country case study on Kenya
  • Impact of climate.
  • Impact of trade (Globalisation).
  • Resources (lots or lack of).

Useful websites/resources

KS3 Bitesize: www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/zrw76sg

GCSE Bitesize: www.bbc.com/bitesize/examspecs/zsytxsg

Key Stage 4 Overview

 

Edexcel Geography B is a contemporary issues based course that uses geographical concepts to explain the key issues facing today’s world. The course is tailored to student’s interests, needs and location. This increases relevance to their lives.

 

There is a focus on the interaction between human and physical geography to emphasise the impact that we are having on our planet.

 

The course promotes a wide variety of geographical skills including map and graph analysis and a range of fieldwork. In addition, the Geography Department at Icknield High School work to ensure that students develop transferrable skills that they will require as they move into further education and work.

Exam Board

Edexcel B

Qualification type

GCSE

Assessment

The GCSE (9–1) in Geography is a linear qualification with 100% external assessment. The GCSE (9–1) in Geography consists of three examined components that are externally assessed. The examinations are as follows:

  • Component 1 – Global Geographical Issues: 1 hour 30 mins (94 marks, 37.5%)
  • Component 2 – UK Geographical Issues: 1 hour 30 mins (94 marks 37.5%)
  • Component 3 – Making Geographical Decisions: 1 hour 30 mins (64 marks 25%)

Year 9

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Topic: Atmosphere and Climate

  • UK.
  • Bangladesh.

 

Revisit:

  • Weather and climate (KS3).
  • UK Geography (KS3).
  • Development.

Topic: Tropical Cyclones

  • Haiyan (Philippines).
  • Katrina (USA).

 

Revisit:

  • Atmospheric circulation.
  • Development.
  • Weather (KS3) and Climate (KS4).

 Spring 1

Spring 2

Topic: Tectonics

  • Christchurch (NZ).
  • Haiti (Haiti).

 

Revisit:

  • Development (KS3).
  • Tectonics (KS3).

Topic: Development Dynamics

  • India.

 

Revisit:

  • Development (KS3).
  • Country Case Study (KS3).
Summer 1 Summer 2

Topic: Challenges of an Urbanising World.

 

Revisit:

  • Urbanisation (KS3).
  • Development (KS3 and 4).

Topic: Mumbai Case Study.

 

Revisit:

  • Urbanisation (KS3).
  • Development (KS3 and 4).
  • India Case study (GCSE).

Year 10

 

 

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Topic: UK Physical Landscape

  • Geology.
  • Physical Processes.

 

Revisit:

  • UK Knowledge.
  • Rivers and Coasts.
  • UK Climate (GCSE) (KS3).

Topic: Rivers

  • Erosion.
  • Flooding.
  • River processes.
  • Boscastle Floods/ Somerset levels.

 

Revisit:

  • Rivers and Coasts (Erosion) (KS3).
  • UK Knowledge.

 Spring 1

Spring 2

Topic: Coasts

  • Coastal processes.
  • Holderness Coast.

 

Revisit:

  • Rivers and Coasts (Erosion) (KS3).
  • UK Knowledge.

Topic:

  • UK Evolving.
  • Human Landscape.
  • London.


Revisit:

  • Urbanisation (GCSE).
  • UK Knowledge (KS3).
Summer 1 Summer 2

Topic: Urban Fieldwork

  • How does quality of life vary in Luton?

 

Revisit:

  • Urbanisation (GCSE).
  • UK Knowledge (KS3).

Topic: Coastal Fieldwork

  • How do coastal processes affect coastal landforms?


Revisit:

  • Coastal processes (GCSE).
  • UK Knowledge (KS3).

Year 11

 

 

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Topic: People and the Biosphere

  • World Biomes.
  • Nutrient Cycle.

 

Revisit:

  • Resources (KS3.)
  • Biomes (KS3).
  • Development (KS3/GCSE).

Topic: Forests under threat

  • Tropical rainforest.
  • Arctic.

 

Revisit:

  • Tropical rainforest and Arctic (KS3).
  • Global warming (GCSE).
  • Atmospheric circulation (GCSE).

 Spring 1

Spring 2

Topic: Consuming Energy Resources

  • Oil (non-renewables).
  • Renewables.
  • Tar sands.
  • Palm Oil.

 

Revisit:

  • Development (GCSE).
  • The Middle East (KS3).
  • Global Warming (GCSE).

Topic: Revision

  • Unfamiliar questions.
  • DME.
  • Case Studies.
  • Past papers.
  • 8 Mark Questions.

 

Revisit:

  • Development.
  • Urbanisation.
  • Fieldwork.
  • Atmosphere and Climate.
Summer 1 Summer 2

Exams:

Exams:

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Useful websites/resources

PiXL

GCSE Pod

GCSE Bitesize: www.bbc.com/bitesize/examspecs/zsytxsg

Edexcel B: qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/geography-b-2016.html

Recommended revision guide

Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Geography B Revision Guide

Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1)Geography B Revision Workbook

Target 5 Edexcel (9-1) Geography