Geography

Geography Introduction

As a successful department we aim to stimulate an interest and a sense of wonder about places. We help students make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world. Our Geography explains where places are, how places and landscapes are formed, how people and their environment interact, and how a diverse range of economies, societies and environments are interconnected. Students will build on their own experiences to investigate places at all scales, from the personal to the global.​​​​​​​

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Year 7

Introduction

Key Stage 3 Geography at Perryfields supports a unique approach to providing the strong foundations and skills practise that our students need to fully prepare them to take on the AQA GSCE specification. The content is both topical and relevant and aims to enthuse students whilst building knowledge and understanding that is essential for progression to GCSE. At year 7, the focus for delivery is ‘The Geography of the United Kingdom’.

Topic More information Assessments
Introduction to the UK Students will first be introduced to the Geography of the UK from a physical geography perspective in order to gain a solid foundation for the study of Geography. Using maps and photos, students will be introduced to the nations of the UK along with some sites and attractions that make the UK special. A sense of place is important for Geography at KS3 and students will develop this through the use of a range of skills and engaging activities developed to encourage curiosity in all learners.
Key terminology will be taught and encouraged throughout the course
Introduction to the UK’ assessment
‘OS maps’ Skills Focus
Physical landscapes in the UK Next, students will look more closely at the physical geography of the UK where the concept of landscape will be introduced and developed. Fundamental physical process knowledge and understanding is key to this topic and students will use atlases and OS maps as well as a wider range of skills to explore these ideas, concepts and processes.
Key terminology will be taught and encouraged throughout the course
Physical landscapes in the UK assessment
‘Physical atlas maps’ Skills Focus
Weather and climate in the UK Students will be introduced to a range of different aspects of weather and climate in the UK and will explore the factors that influence these. There are some opportunities for onsite fieldwork in this topic of study and students will be provided with the opportunity to further develop skills such as mapping, drawing graphs and analysing statistics.
Key terminology will be taught and encouraged throughout the course
‘Weather and climate in the UK’ assessment
‘Climate atlas maps’ Skills Focus
The people of the UK The final topic in Year 7 looks at the demography of the UK by considering the UK’s diverse population. Through the use of skills such as drawing and interpreting population pyramids, learners will discover how and why population has changed over time. The unit also looks at specific locations within the UK in order to discover the growth and opportunities in urban areas as well as the characteristics of rural areas.
Key terminology will be taught and encouraged throughout the course
‘The people of the UK’ assessment
‘Population pyramids’ Skills Focus

Resources

KS3 geography ‘Heading towards AQA GCSE’ (Ross, Priest, Tudor)

Kerboodle online resources to support the KS3 geography textbook

 

Enrichment opportunities

Students will have the option to visit Carding Mill Valley, to complete a study of how rivers shape the landscape (TBC). Also, as part of ‘Weather and climate in the UK’ students will have the opportunity to undertake a microclimate study within the school grounds.

Year 8

Introduction

Key Stage 3 Geography at Perryfields supports a unique approach to providing the strong foundations and skills practise that our students need to fully prepare them to take on the AQA GSCE specification. The content is both topical and relevant and aims to enthuse students whilst building knowledge and understanding that is essential for progression to GCSE. At the start of year 8, the focus for delivery is ‘The Geography of the United Kingdom’, before we switch our focus to ‘The Geography of the Wider World’.

Topic More information Assessments
‘Work, rest and play in the UK’

In the first topic, students will look closely at the human geography of the UK where they will learn about how employment, communication, transport, leisure and recreation are structured within the UK now and how they have changed over time. Students will also consider the controversial development issue of HS2 and will take part in decision making activities on some current affairs, including whether or not Heathrow Airport should get an additional runway.

Key terminology will be taught and encouraged throughout the course

‘Work, rest and play in the UK’ assessment

‘Decision-making exercises’ Skills Focus

‘Challenges and Opportunities in the UK’

In this unit students will learn about: poverty in the UK and how it can be reduced; exploring water supplies in the UK and how water security can be ensured; the challenges of household waste in the UK and opportunities to ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’; and energy supply and what can be done to provide energy security in the UK.

Key terminology will be taught and encouraged throughout the course”

‘Challenges and Opportunities in the UK’ assessment

‘GIS’ Skills Focus

‘Our Physical World’

Our third topic moves our students focus beyond the geography of the UK, and they will begin to consider the geography of the wider word. Students are introduced to our physical world on the land and under the sea, tectonic plates and weather & climate through the use of a range of skills based activities designed to fuel investigations into real life examples such as the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and the Japanese tsunami.

Key terminology will be taught and encouraged throughout the course

‘Our Physical World’ assessment

‘Comparing maps’ Skills Focus

‘The Living World’

The final unit introduces students to the living world, a compulsory topic at GCSE. Students will start off by focusing on bamboo, one of the world’s most versatile plants, its distribution and uses. In subsequent lessons, students will be learning about: the concept of ‘from field to plate’ and food miles; ecosystems, food chains and food webs; the Mediterranean biome; coral reefs; and Russian biomes.

Key terminology will be taught and encouraged throughout the course

‘The Living World’ assessment

‘Maps and satellite photos – Russia’s biomes’ Skills Focus

Resources

KS3 geography ‘Heading towards AQA GCSE’ (Ross, Priest, Tudor)

Kerboodle online resources to support the KS3 geography textbook

Enrichment opportunities

Students will have the option to visit the Eden Project in Cornwall, to study the range of distinctive characteristics of the tropical rainforest ecosystem (TBC)

Year 9

Introduction

Key Stage 3 Geography at Perryfields supports a unique approach to providing the strong foundations and skills practise that our students need to fully prepare them to take on the AQA GSCE specification. The content is both topical and relevant and aims to enthuse students whilst building knowledge and understanding that is essential for progression to GCSE. At year 9, the focus for delivery is ‘The Geography of the wider world’. Due to recent temporary curriculum changes, students in Year 9 will be working through the ‘Physical landscapes in the UK’ and ‘Weather and climate in the UK’ topics in the Autumn term, to assist their transition into GCSE.

Topic More information Assessments
Our Unequal World

Learning about global inequality and levels of development across our world introduces the concept of uneven development, as well as how it is measured and the varying challenges and opportunities it presents. Students will learn about why health, food, trade and other factors are important for the development of countries and who is responsible for managing development. Students will use graphical sources to identify and discuss patterns in development over time and offer reasons for variations.

Key terminology will be taught and encouraged throughout the course

‘Our Unequal World’ assessment

‘Scattergraphs’ Skills Focus

Focus on Africa

The second KS3 unit to contain an in-depth study of one particular area focuses on the diverse continent of Africa. Taking into account Africa’s biomes, people, landscapes and natural resources, embeds students’ knowledge of these concepts by putting them into context with specific locations such as the Sahara Desert and Nigeria. Learners fully analyse reasons why each is the way it is portrayed.

Key terminology will be taught and encouraged throughout the course

‘Focus on Africa’ assessment

‘Cross-sections’ Skills Focus

World Cities

In this unit students will learn about: urbanisation and cities around the world; introducing the concept of urbanisation and why it occurs; exploring the reasons for rural-urban migration in China; megacities – what makes them special and the challenges and opportunities of living in Jakarta, Indonesia; the issue of housing the poor in cities, with a focus on squatter settlements in India; and exploring the idea of sustainable urban living.

Students will then carry out detailed investigations into Urban Problems in Kolkata looking at the human processes and systems, how they change, both spatially and temporally.

‘World Cities’ assessment

‘Choropleth maps and proportional symbols’ Skills Focus

Global Issues

Current global issue topics such as climate change and plastic in our oceans often cause controversy between interested parties. This unit of work will develop knowledge and understanding of how and why some issues are dealt with and other are not. Students will be invited to offer their opinion on such topics and will be encouraged to justify these. In order to fully form an opinion students will consider current issues in areas such as Syria, Bangladesh and Antarctica.

Key terminology will be taught and encouraged throughout the course

‘Global Issues’ assessment
‘Maps and satellite photos – Antarctica’ Skills Focus

 

Resources

KS3 geography ‘Heading towards AQA GCSE’ (Ross, Priest, Tudor)

Kerboodle online resources to support the KS3 geography textbook

Year 10

Introduction

Geography gives students the opportunity to explore the world and to learn how today’s world was shaped and understand the challenges we face in the future. In this AQA GCSE course students will travel the world from their classroom, exploring case studies in the United Kingdom (UK), higher income countries (HICs), newly emerging economies (NEEs) and lower income countries (LICs). A wide range of geographical skills will be developed including: cartographic, graphical, numerical and statistical.

Topic More information Assessments
The Living World This topic introduces students to ecosystems, and two types of biomes: tropical rainforests and hot deserts. Students will look at physical processes and systems, how they change, and how people interact with them on a range of scales and in a range of places. Describe and explain the main plant adaptations in a tropical rainforest environment. Student understanding will be assessed through exam style questions set during lessons, with a summative end of unit test forming the main assessment
Urban Issues and Challenges This topic introduces students to urban population, change and the challenges of sustainable development, and focuses on global patterns of urban change, urban growth in Lagos (a Newly Emerging Economy), urban change in Birmingham, and urban sustainability. Students will look at human processes and systems, how they change, both spatially and temporally. They will study these themes in a range of places, at a variety of scales and include places in various states of development Suggest why there is such a low rate of urbanisation in rich countries and why some show evidence of counter-urbanisation Student understanding will be assessed through exam style questions set during lessons, with a summative end of unit test forming the main assessment
Physical landscapes in the UK This topic introduces students to UK landscapes and focuses on coastal and river landscapes. Students will look at physical processes and systems, how they change, and how people interact with them on a range of scales and in a range of places. ‘River flooding is a natural phenomenon.’ To what extent do you consider this statement to be correct? Student understanding will be assessed through exam style questions set during lessons, with a summative end of unit test forming the main assessment.
Geographical Applications – Fieldwork Students will be supported in developing and extending their knowledge of locations, places, environments and processes. Fieldwork participation will be required. Specimen and past exam questions

Resources

Main textbook: GCSE 9-1 Geography AQA (Ross, Rowles, Holmes and Digby)

Supplementary: GCSE AQA Geography For The Grade 9-1 Course (CGP)

Kerboodle online resources to support the main textbook geography textbook

 

Enrichment opportunities

A single night residential opportunity to complete coastal fieldwork, as part of ‘Physical landscapes in the UK’ topic (TBC)

Year 11

Introduction

Geography gives students the opportunity to explore the world and to learn how today’s world was shaped and understand the challenges we face in the future. In this AQA GCSE course students will travel the world from their classroom, exploring case studies in the United Kingdom (UK), higher income countries (HICs), newly emerging economies (NEEs) and lower income countries (LICs). A wide range of geographical skills will be developed including: cartographic, graphical, numerical and statistical

Topic More information Assessments
Changing Economic World This topic introduces students to the global development gap, rapid economic development in India (a NEE), and the changing UK economy. Students will look at human processes and systems, how they change, both spatially and temporally. They will study these themes in a range of places, at a variety of scales and include places in various states of development. How can road and rail developments improve the UK’s economy? Student understanding will be assessed through exam style questions set during lessons, with a summative end of unit test forming the main assessment
Challenge of Natural Hazards This topic introduces students to natural hazards, and three significant types: tectonic, weather, and climate change. Students will look at physical processes and systems, how they change, and how people interact with them on a range of scales and in a range of places Describe the primary and secondary effects of a tropical storm. Use a named example and your own knowledge. Student understanding will be assessed through exam style questions set during lessons, with a summative end of unit test forming the main assessment
Challenge of Resource Management This topic introduces students to resource management, specifically managing food, water and energy resource. Students will look at human processes and systems, how they change, both spatially and temporally. They will study these themes in a range of places, at a variety of scales and include places in various stages of development. Explain why the UK’s energy mix will include both renewable and non-renewable sources in the future. Student understanding will be assessed through exam style questions set during lessons, with a summative end of unit test forming the main assessment.
Geographical Applications – Issue Evaluation The theme of the issue evaluation will come from of the core topics in the specification. It will also be synoptic – meaning it will likely draw on both the human and physical aspects of the GCSE Geography course. A resource booklet will be published 12 weeks before the exam to help students become more familiar with the issue evaluation.

Resources

Main textbook: GCSE 9-1 Geography AQA (Ross, Rowles, Holmes and Digby)

Supplementary: GCSE AQA Geography For The Grade 9-1 Course (CGP)

Kerboodle online resources to support the main textbook geography textbook

Curriculum Map