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Meadowhead School

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Geography

Our Vision

The world is a rich, diverse and dynamic place that is continually being shaped by both physical processes and human action. Consequently, the geography department at Meadowhead is committed to fostering a curiosity and fascination about our world, alongside a deep commitment to learning about the planet, it’s people and its physical landscapes.

Students will expand their knowledge of places at a range of scales, both local and global. They will investigate in both the classroom and the field, the issues that face different places, asking geographical questions and planning enquiries, as well as suggesting and critiquing potential solutions to local and global problems. Throughout the programme of study, students will progressively build the essential knowledge, understanding and skills needed to understand the synoptic nature of the world and the role that they, as individuals have in shaping that world. They will study the 7 big ideas of place, space, scale, diversity, interdependence, processes and sustainability. Students will practice communicating and justifying their understanding and view through a range of maps, diagrams, discussion, debate and extended writing. Ultimately we aim to develop:

• Successful learners – who progress and achieve

• Confident individuals – who lead safe and healthy lives

• Responsible citizens – who make a positive contribution to society

“Geography students hold the key to the world's problems - Geography is a living, breathing subject, constantly adapting itself to change. It is dynamic and relevant. For me geography is a great adventure with a purpose.

So many of the world's current issues – at a global scale and locally - boil down to geography, and need the geographers of the future to help us understand them. Global warming as it affects countries and regions, food and energy security, the degradation of land and soils from over-use and misuse, the spread of disease, the causes and consequences of migration, and the impacts of economic change on places and communities. These are just some of the challenges facing the next generation, which geographers must help solve.

It is a subject that helps young people into work. Many employers prize the knowledge and skills that studying geography can provide and geography in higher education is thriving.”  Michael Palin, The Guardian

Please click the hyperlinks to access the knowledge organisers

Key stage 3 (7-9)

  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Term 1

What is Geography?

How do places in the world compare?

Why is water so important?

Why is UK weather so changeable?

Why is there so much concern over climate change?

How do glaciers shape the land?

Why do tectonic events happen?

Is the world facing a resource crisis?

How do coasts shape the land?

Assessment Assessed topics – Introduction to Geographical Skills and Development. Assessed Topics – Weather & Climate and Climate change Assessed topics – Tectonic Hazards and Resources.
Term 2

Why is water so important?

How do rivers shape the land?

How is population changing?

How do glaciers shape the land?

Where do people live?

Is globalisation a good phenomenon?

How do coasts shape the land?

Global governance – who runs the world?

What is happening in the oceans?

Assessment Assessed topics – Introduction to Geographical Skills, Development, Water, Rivers, Population Assessed Topics – Weather & Climate, Climate change, Glaciation, Settlements, globalisation. Assessed topics – Tectonic Hazards, Resources, Coasts, Global governance, World Oceans
Term 3

How is population changing?

What is Sheffield like?

Synoptic Unit - Castleton

How do ecosystems operate?

Synoptic Unit - India

What other global issues are we facing?

Synoptic Unit – SE Asia or Africa

 

Key stage 4 (10-11)

  Year 10 Year 11
Term 1

The Changing Economic World

Natural Hazards

Urban Landscapes

Living World

Assessment

Exam paper based on past exam questions taken from Exampro.

Topics covered – Economic World.

Combination of short answer closed questions, data response questions and long, open response questions.

3 exam papers based on past exam questions taken from most recent past paper.

Paper 1 – Physical Geography (Natural Hazards, Living World & Physcial Landscapes of the UK)

Paper 2 – Human Geography (Economic World, Urban Landscapes)

Paper 3 – Geographical Skills (Pre-release topic & fieldwork)

Combination of short answer closed questions, data response questions and long, open response questions

Term 2

Natural Hazards

Physical Landscapes of the UK

Resource Management

Paper 3 – Geographical Skills

Assessment

Exam paper based on past exam questions taken from Exampro.

Topics covered – Economic World & Natural Hazards.

Combination of short answer closed questions, data response questions and long, open response questions.

Exam paper based on past exam questions taken from Exampro and past papers.

Topics covered – Resource Management, Pre-release topic & Fieldwork.

Term 3

Physical Landscapes of the UK

Paper 3 – Geographical Skills

Urban Landscapes

Paper 3 – Geographical Skills

Assessment

Exam paper based on past exam questions taken from Exampro & past papers.

Topics covered – Economic World, Natural Hazards & physical landscapes.

Combination of short answer closed questions, data response questions and long, open response questions.

N/A

 

Key stage 5 (12-13)

  Year 12 Year 13
Term 1

Globalisation

Coasts

NEA

Health & human rights

Superpowers

Carbon cycle

Term 2

Regenerating Places

Tectonics

Carbon cycle

Water cycle

Assessment

Trials

2 papers based on past exam papers.

Paper 1 – Coasts

Pape r2 - Globalisation

Range of questions from 2 – 20 marks.

Trials

3 papers based on past exam papers

 

Paper 1 – Partial physical geography paper covering Tectonics, Coasts, Water/Carbon cycles.

 

Paper 2 –Full human paper covering Globalisation, Superpowers & Health & Human Rights.

 

Paper 3 – Full synoptic paper.

Term 3

Regenerating places

Health & human rights.

Synoptic paper

NEA

Carbon cycle

Water cycle

Synoptic paper preperation

Assessment

Assessment week / resit trials

Synoptic Practice Paper

Resit trials

 

Useful websites

KS3 https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zrw76sg

GCSE https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/zy3ptyc

GCSE & A-Level https://www.senecalearning.com/

All Key Stages https://quizlet.com/subject/aqa-geography/

A-Level https://www.physicsandmathstutor.com/geography-revision/

 

Extra-curricular / enrichment

Humanities Homework Club – Tues 3-4pm

GCSE Revision – Thurs 2.50-3.30pm

A-Level Drop in Tuesday 3-4pm

Field Visits & Other opportunities

Key Stage 3 -Castleton visit, Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Worldwise Quiz

GCSE – River Porter, Urban Study Sharrow, Italy residential, Revision residential.

A-Level – Cleethorpes Coastal Study, Kelham Island Regeneration study, Scarborough NEA visit, Iceland residential, Univeristy visits and lectures.