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Geography

Aims of Key Stage 3 Geography

Pupils should consolidate and extend their knowledge of the world’s major countries and their physical and human features. They should understand how geographical processes interact to create distinctive human and physical landscapes that change over time. In doing so, they should become aware of increasingly complex geographical systems in the world around them. They should develop greater competence in using geographical knowledge, approaches and concepts [such as models and theories] and geographical skills in analysing and interpreting different data sources. In this way pupils will continue to enrich their locational knowledge and spatial and environmental understanding.

Topics Covered:

 

Year 7

What is Geography?
Countries
Marvellous Maps
Britain
International Development
Natural Resources

 

Year 8

Weather and Climate
Rocks and Coastal Erosion
Rivers
Economic Activity
Brazil
Ecosystems

 

Year 9

Weather
Natural Hazards
Climate Change
Population and Urbanisation
Mapping Festivals
Ecosystems
 

Key Stage 4 – Overview

GEOGRAPHY Exam Board: AQA from September 2017

Aims of the Subject

  • To focus on the geographical processes that shape our world through the study of human and physical geography.
  • To encourage students to relate to and learn from the world around them.
  • To appreciate the threats to the planet and evaluate suitable solutions.
  • To develop a variety of skills including – map work, fieldwork, ICT, numeracy and literacy.
  • To use a wide range of teaching and learning activities.
  • To build on the Geography covered in KS3 and provide a stepping stone to further study and career opportunities.

 

Course Description

The Geography course is divided into human and physical units:

  1. Natural hazards including earthquakes, volcanoes, storms and climate change
  2. Ecosystems focusing on tropical rain forests and cold environments
  3. UK physical landscapes including rivers and glaciation
  4. Urban issues and challenges
  5. Changing economic world
  6. Resource management focusing on energy

 

As international links become closer, easier and faster, we need more than ever to understand the geography of the world. These topics will enable you to answer questions such as:

  • Why do people live in areas at risk of tectonic hazards?
  • What are the impacts of deforestation on biodiversity?
  • How have glaciers shaped the mountainous areas of the UK?
  • Are megacities good or bad?
  • How important is fairtrade in reducing the development gap?
  • What are the impacts of the UK’s declining energy resources?

 

How will I be assessed?

Three written examinations

  1. Physical geography (35%)
  2. Human geography (35%)
  3. Geography fieldwork and skills (30%)