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Meadowhead School

Meadowhead SchoolAcademy Trust

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 skills do you need to be a geographer?

Why are some countries more developed than others?

Why is water so important?

Why is UK weather so changeable?

Are there too many people in the world?

Why are glaciers so important?

Why are some volcanoes more deadly than others?

Superpowers – Will Russia rise again?

Assessment Assessed topics -

What skills do you need to be a geographer?

Why are some countries more developed than others?
Assessed Topics –

Why is UK weather so changeable?

Are there too many people in the world?
Assessed topics –

Why are some volcanoes more deadly than others?

Superpowers – Will Russia rise again?
Term 2

Why is water so important?

How do rivers shape the land?

Where do people live?

Why are glaciers so important?

Who does globalisation benefit?

Do ecosystems affect humans more than humans affect ecosystems?

Why are the world’s oceans an important ecosystem?

What are the other big environmental threats to our planet?

Is the geographical region of Asia too big to be one continent?

Assessment Assessed topics –

What skills do you need to be a geographer?

Why are some countries more developed than others?

Why is water so important?

Where do people live?
Assessed Topics –

Why is UK weather so changeable?

Are there too many people in the world?

Why are glaciers so important?

Who does globalisation benefit?
Assessed topics – 

Why are some volcanoes more deadly than others?

Superpowers – Will Russia rise again?

Why are the world’s oceans and important ecosystem?

What are the other big environmental threats to our planet?
Term 3

Where do people live?

What are the challenges and opportunities in Sheffield?

Castleton Fieldwork

Is there a sustainable solution to human induced climate change?

Is the Middle East a prisoner of its geography?

Is our understanding of the world wrong?

 

Key stage 4 (10-11)

  Year 10 Year 11
Term 1

The Changing Economic World

Natural Hazards

Urban Landscapes

Resource Management

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.

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

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

Paper 2 – Human Geography (Economic World, Urban Issues & Challenges & Resource Management)

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

Term 2

Natural Hazards

Urban Issues and Challenges

Physical Landscapes of the UK

Living World

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 – Living World, Pre-release topic & Unseen Fieldwork.

Term 3

Physical Landscapes of the UK

Paper 3 – Geographical Skills

Unseen Fieldwork & Skills

Paper 3 – Pre-release booklet

Geographical Skills & Unseen Fieldwork

Assessment

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

Topics covered – Economic World, Natural Hazard,physical landscapes & rivers fieldwork.

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

Paper 2 - 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 preparation

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 Support session Friday 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, University visits and lectures.