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Geography at Key Stage 3

The following is an outline of the topics covered throughout key stage 3. 

Year 7 
THEME: AFRICIA

Autumn 1

Water issues
• Development indicators
• Indigenous tribes

THEME: WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE

 

Autumn 2

Case studies from developing countries
• Fair Trade
• Snack Attack Challenge

 

Spring 1

RIVERS

  • Hydrological (water) cycle
  • River processes
  • Geomorphological processes
  • Upper course features
  • Middle course features
  • Lower course features
  • River flooding example
THEME: RUSSIA, INCLUDING ENERGY SECURITY

Spring 2

WEATHER AND CLIMATE

  • Types of precipitation
  • Climate zones in Britain
  • Weather map symbols
  • Weather forecasting
  • Microclimate features
  • School-based fieldwork skills

Summer 1

ENERGY

Energy source: renewable and non-renewable

Carbon footprint

Summer 2

RUSSIA

Russia country case study
Impacts of World Cup
Year 8 
THEME: SKILLS UNIT ON FIELDWORK AND MAPS

Autumn 1

THE GEOGRAPHY OF CRIME

  • Crime categories
  • GIS research on local crime statistics and locations
  • Designing out crime vs target hardening
  • Terrorism
  • School-based fieldwork skills
THEME: ASIA

 

Autumn 2

EXPLORING BRITAIN: MAPS AND UK IDENTITY

  • Location of shropshire 
  • OS map work
  • Scales, linear and actual distances, 4 and 6 figure grid references, compass directions, bearings
  • Manchester (Urban case study)

Spring 1

ASIA – CHINA

  • Chinese dynastic history
  • Chinese economy
  • Sweatshop life
  • Chinese physical geography
  • Chinese One/Two Child Policy (anti-natalist policy)
  • Impact of an ageing population
  • Life in Tibet
THEME: GEOMORPHOLOGY

Spring 2

ASIA – INDIA

  • Indian economy
  • Indian physical geography
  • Slumdog Millionaire?
  • Shanty towns
  • Migration processes
  • Shanty towns: problems and solutions.

Summer 1

COASTS 

  • Coastal processes
  • Types of waves
  • Longshore drift – the process
  • Erosional landforms
  • Depositional landforms
  • Model making of Holderness coastline, Humberside

Summer 2

GLACIATION

  • Glaciers as systems
  • Distribution of cold environments
  • Glacial processes
  • Glacial erosional landforms
  • Glacial depositional landforms
  • Sherpa culture of the Himalayas
Year 9
THEME: NATURAL HAZARDS

Autumn 1

TECTONICS 

Distribution of geophysical hazards

• Volcanoes
• Earthquakes
• Tsunami!
• Case studies of developed and developing countries
• Management and responses

THEME: GLOBALISATION

 

Autumn 2

TROPICAL STORMS
• Distribution of typhoons, hurricanes and cyclones
• Structure and formation
• Management strategies
• Hurricane Katrina, USA
• Typhoon Haiyan, The Philippines
• Comparison of case studies

Spring 1

Employment sectors
• National employment structure comparison
• Patterns of world trade
• World Trade Game
• Trade blocs (EU)

THEME: OUR NATURAL WORLD

Spring 2

The Globalisation of Fashion
• The Globalisation of Sport

Summer 1

CLIMATE CHANGE
• UK’s climatic zones
• Geological timeline
• What is changing?
• Climate change processes
• Enhanced Greenhouse Effect
• Past megafauna and ecosystems of the Quaternary Period
• Can we stop it?

Summer 2

ECOSYSTEMS
• World distribution of biomes
• Characteristics of different biomes – tropical rainforest, grassland and hot/cold deserts
• Adaptation of vegetation to their climate
• Soil cycle
• Rock cycle
• Road Trip through Africa

Geography at Key Stage 4

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The following is an outline of the topics covered throughout KS4:

GCSE GEOGRAPHY EDEXCEL A (9-1 SPECIFICATION)

Year 10

Autumn 1

Component 2 Section A: Changing Cities
Emerging Country Case Study: MEXICO CITY

Autumn 2

Component 2 Section A: Changing Cities
Developed Country Case Study: BIRMINGHAM
Urban Fieldwork: day trip and enquiry process related to Wolverhampton (land use transect to investigate urban form and function)

Spring 1

Component 1 Section A: Changing Landscapes of the UK
Option 1C - Glaciation

Spring 2

Option 1B - Rivers
Rivers Theory

Fieldwork: day trips to Carding Mill Valley in March

Summer 1

Fieldwork: enquiry process relating to Carding Mill Valley (long profile and upper valley characteristics)

Summer 2

Component 2 Section C: Resource Management
Option 6A: Energy option

Year 11

Autumn 1

Component 2 Section B: Global development
Development theory
UK Challenges on UK’s North-South divide and UK’s Northern Powerhouse

Autumn 2

Component 3 Geographical Investigations: Fieldwork and UK Challenges
Revision for both mock exams
MOCK EXAMS ON PAPER 2 (HUMAN) AND PAPER 3 (FIELDWORK & UK CHALLENGES)

Spring 1

FEEDBACK ON MOCK EXAMS
Component 1 Section B:

Weather Hazards and Climate
Change
Climate change
Cyclones
Drought

Spring 2

Component 2 Section B:
National Case Study:
INDIA
Component 1 Section C: Ecosystems - Tropical rainforest

Summer 1

Component 1 Section C: Ecosystems – deciduous forest
FINAL EXAMS

Summer 2

Revision for final exams

Geography at Key Stage 5

A Level Year 1 Pearson Edexcel Geography (Curriculum 2016)

Year 12  

Paper 1: Physical Geography

Study Area 1 Dynamic Landscapes,

Topic 1 - Tectonic processes and hazards

Study Area 1 Dynamic Landscapes,

Topic 2 Landscape Systems, Processes and Change


+ SKILLS AND STATISTICS

Paper 2: Human Geography

Study Area 2 Dynamic Places,

Topic 3 - Globalisation, Superpowers


Study Area 2 Dynamic Places,

Topic 4 - Shaping Places


RURAL Sub topic 4A - Regenerating Places


+ SKILLS AND STATISTICS

Spring Term

Paper 1: Physical Geography


Study Area 1 Dynamic Landscapes,

Topic 2-Landscape Systems, Processes and Change

Sub topic 2B - Coastal Landscapes and Change, includes fieldwork along the North Wales coastline

Spring Term

Paper 2: Human Geography


Study Area 2 Dynamic Places,

Topic 4 - Shaping Places


URBAN Sub topic 4A - Regenerating Places, includes urban fieldwork to compare success of schemes in Manchester and Liverpool CBDs


FIELDWORK:


URBAN – Birmingham


RURAL - Ludlow

Summer Term

Paper 1: Physical Geography

Study Area 3, Topic 6: The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security

Summer Term

Paper 4: Independent Investigation

 A Level Year 2 Pearson Edexcel Geography (Curriculum 2016)

Year 13  

Autumn Term

Cont. Paper 1: Physical Geography


Study Area 3, Topic 6: The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security

Autumn Term

Paper 2: Human Geography

Study Area 4, Topic 7: Superpowers
 

Paper 3 practice
 

REVISE FOR MOCK EXAMS


PAPERS 2 AND 3

Spring Term

Paper 1: Physical Geography

Study Area 3, Topic 5: The Water Cycle and Water Security
 

Paper 3: Synoptic paper physical geography specific resources

MOCK EXAM PAPER 1

 

 

Summer 2

Revision and Final Exams

Spring Term

MOCK EXAMS PLUS DETAILED FEEDBACK ON BOTH PAPERS

Study Area 4, Topic 8B: Global Development and Connections - Migration, Identity and Sovereignty


Paper 3: Synoptic paper – both human geography specific resources and synopticity across the whole A level
 

MOCK EXAM PAPER 3

Summer 1

Revision and Final Exams

 

For further advice or to find out more about the Geography curriculum at Idsall School, please contact Mrs Walker (Head of Humanities Faculty and Geography Department).