Geography

Overview:

The power of geography is to satisfy the connection with curiosity about the world we live in today. It is a relevant and highly important topic which delves deeper than simply geography trivia of the longest river and highest mountain. In geography we encourage our pupils to explore, be inquisitive, debate and persuade with the aim of raising global awareness and understanding of places and spaces.

Career links

  • Air pollution analyst
  • Energy and utilities
  • Education
  • Forestry consultant
  • Hydrologist
  • Nature and agriculture
  • Oceanography
  • Urban planner

Intent:

Geography at Rhyddings will equip our students with a deep understanding of the world we live in. Students will explore the past, present and future, developing knowledge skills and culture understanding of many different regions.

Geography ensures that students are able to interpret and understand the diverse, dynamic and ever-changing world around them. It is important that students “see” the geography everywhere they go and are able to acquire a sense of place through experiential learning which then leads to a sense of wider global citizenship. It is vital to ensure that there is a balance and links between human, physical and environmental geographical elements alongside providing opportunities for enquiry-based skills and learning outside the classroom.

Geography is an extensive and diverse subject area encompassing a wide range of elements from economic and political systems to geomorphological processes that have shaped our landscape and future global concerns. Geography also incorporates the study of global cultures, societies and ethics helping our students to develop a broad understanding of the world and consequently this allows them to develop tolerance and inclusivity.
Geography is a subject that develops many cross-curricular skills such as reading, using statistical data, making comparisons.

 

Subject progression & sequencing

 
Autumn 1
Autumn 2
Spring 1
Spring 2
Summer 1
Summer 2
Year 7
  • Local places
    (an introduction to Geography) –  the local area, community, history and map skills.
    Introduction to fieldwork, data collection and presentation.
  • Weather and climate (UK)
    The difference between weather and climate.
    Developing data collection and presentation skills.
    Collecting micro-climate data from around the school grounds.
  • Hot Deserts
    Introducing global ecosystems and adaptations (both physical and human), comparing a range of different desert regions.
  • Crazy Cities & Settlements
    Population trends and settlements.
    Comparing places around the world.
    Map skills.
  • Food and famine
    Local and global inequalities.
    Human and physical factors surrounding food production.
    Famine across the world.
    Global citizenship.
  • Microclimate
    Local field study to develop understanding of geographical enquiry processes.
Year 8
  • Polar environments
    Discovering why life in polar regions is so challenging and how humans, animals and plants have adapted to survive.
  • Populations
    Discovering how population rise can have a direct impact across the world in even the most remote regions.
  • Coasts
    Understanding how the physical landforms of our coastlines are shaped and how humans can have an impact on these.
  • Energy
    Understanding of how energy use across the UK and wider world has developed and increased and the impact of this.
  • Climate change
    How might our current actions impact our future?
    Historical changes in global patterns.
  • Environmental quality
    Local area field study.
Year 9
  • Rocks & Rivers
    Understanding the global distribution of rock types across the UK
  • Money and power
    How money and power is distrusted across the globe, how power is used by each country and the impacts of this
  • Environmental mysteries or human error
    Exploring disasters across the globe, from the disappearance of the Aral Sea to wildfires.
  • Middle East
    The Middle East region, looking at the development of this region, the climate, opportunities and challenges.
  • Climate change
    What is it and what are the causes? How will this impact on the world in the future?
  • Tinker Brook
    Local field trip- what is the impact of recreation at Tinker Brook?
Year 10
AQA
Paper 1: Natural Hazards
In this unit pupils will explore how natural hazards pose a major risk to people and property. They will study how different natural hazards are formed, how they can affect people and how people can reduce the risk presented by them.
Pupils will then look at how the UK’s weather patterns are changing and how increasingly ‘extreme’ weather might affect us in the future.
Paper 2: Changing economic world
In this unit, pupils will study the global variation in economic development and people’s quality of life. They will look at the development gap, and how this can be closed. Pupils will study one developing country and investigate the social, environmental and cultural changes taking place as it develops. Finally, pupils will study the UK’s economic development, it’s employment patterns and issues surrounding the different rates of regional growth within the UK.
Paper 1: Physical landscapes – Rivers
In this unit pupils will investigate two distinctive landscapes in the UK – coastal environments and rivers. They will study the natural processes which have formed them over time, how they are used by people today and the challenges in managing them sustainably for the future.
Paper 2: Urban issues and challenges
In this unit, pupils will study the changing pattern of urbanisation around the world, focusing on two major cities (Rio De Janeiro and Manchester) They will look at the challenges and opportunities created by urbanisation and investigate how urban growth can be managed sustainably.
Paper 1: Living world
In this unit, pupils will study two major biomes (tropical rainforests and hot deserts). For each one they will investigate its characteristic features, the effects of economic development and how it can be used and managed sustainably into the future.
Paper 3: Fieldwork
In this unit, pupils will plan and undertake two fieldwork investigations, looking at aspects of the physical environment through a coastal study in Cleveleys and the human environment through an investigation of tourism in Blackpool.
Year 11
Edexcel A
  • Climate change
  • Extreme weather
  • Ecosystems – deciduous woodlands of the UK
  • Changing cities- Mexico City, issues and solutions
  • Changing cities- Mexico City, issues and solutions
  • Resource Management – global water use and management
  • Revision and exam preparation
 

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