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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. geography trips posterConsequently, 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

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Key stage 3 (7-9)

  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Term 1

What is Planet earth like?

What is beneath our feet?

Are the places that we live sustainable?

What is weather and Climate?

How does the structure of the earth create natural hazards? 

How is the global power changing? 

Assessment

Assessed topics

What is Planet earth like?

What is beneath our feet? 

Assessed topics

Are the places that we live sustainable?

Assessed topics

How does the structure of the earth created natural hazards?

How is the global power changing?  

Term 2

How are populations changing? 

Why is water so important?

How has globalisation affected economies around the world? 

Why are Rivers important? 

Why are oceans so important? 

Why is the middle east an important world region?

Assessment Assessed topics

What is Planet earth like?

What is beneath our feet? 

How are populations changing? 

Assessed topics

Are the places that we live sustainable?

How has globalisation affected economies around the world? 

Assessed topics

How does the structure of the earth created natural hazards? 

How is the global power changing? 

Why are oceans so important? 

Term 3

Why is water so important?

How is the world developing? 

Why are Rivers important? 

How is Africa being transformed? 

Why is the middle east an important world region? 

How does Ice change the world? 

 

 

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

Tectonics

Coasts

Health & human rights

Superpowers

Term 2

Regenerating Places

Globalisation

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

NEA

Synoptic paper preparation

Revision

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

GCSE homework Thursday 3-4

A-level Drop in Thursday 3-4