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Students in year 7 and 8 study the Geography National Curriculum in quite a different way. Subject knowledge and skills are delivered through a central theme that forms the title of a project. Students will learn the following over 2 years:

TERM

YEAR 7

YEAR 8

1

Amazing Places

Rainforest

2

N/A

N/A

3

Wild Weather

Plate Tectonics

4

Who wants to be a billionaire?

Thailand

5

Incredible India

N/A

N.B. Some projects are slightly longer / shorter than the actual terms

Lessons are carefully planned to ensure students cover all they need to within each topic. For instance, to answer the question 'Why is it dangerous to live in Haiti?’ students have to first cover subject knowledge about Haiti and compare this to other countries, before entering into a project.

There are seven questions that will be studied over the two years, and the iPad will be integral to learning. Extended learning tasks run alongside the teaching in class. This is available to support the students learning outside of the classroom when at home. The extended learning tasks also signposts websites to help with revision.

 

Students enter year 9 building on the skills and knowledge they have acquired during their time in KS3. The initial four terms of year 9 engage students across a range of topics ranging from local to global geography, with all lessons having a GCSE skills focus, in preparation for their transition to the GCSE content in term 5.

At this point in the term and for the remainder of years 10 and 11, we follow the AQA GCSE specification (8035 - http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/geography/specifications/AQA-8035-SP-2016.PDF)

TERM

YEAR 9

YEAR 10

Year 11

1

Skills: Geography in our local area

GCSE Content: Resource Management and Water (The Challenge of Resource Management).

GCSE Content: The Challenge of Natural Hazards (Weather Hazards) and Climate Change

2

Skills: What is Great Britain Like?

GCSE Content: River Landscapes in the UK. (Physical Landscapes in the UK).

GCSE Content: The Changing Economic World.

3

Skills: Tourism in the UK

GCSE Content: Ecosystems, Tropical Rainforests and Hot Deserts (The Living world)

 

GCSE Content: Fieldwork, Issue Evaluation, map skills and Revision.

4

Skills: Global Flows, Trade and BRICs

GCSE Content: Urban Issues and Challenges

GCSE: Revision and Preparation for Paper 3            (Pre-release), Geographical Applications.

5

GCSE Content: Coastal Landscapes in the UK (Physical Landscapes in the UK).

GCSE Content Tectonic Hazards (The Challenge of Natural Hazards)

 

N.B. Some sections are slightly longer / shorter than the actual terms

Lessons are planned to ensure that students build the skills and knowledge they require to achieve at GCSE. Students will be taught using a range of activities and media and will also master how to answer exam questions. 

The extended learning tasks, delivered through termly booklets are aimed to support the students in their literacy, geographical knowledge and exam skill ability. Students will also be expected to keep up to date with the news and revise independently for exams and assessments.

 

Students studying Leisure and Tourism complete both coursework on unit 2 (60%) and an exam on Unit 1 (40%). There are four controlled assessment tasks in total.

TERM

YEAR 10

YEAR 11

1

Unit 1: The Leisure and tourism industry: The nature of the leisure and tourism industry.

Unit 2: Sales, promotions and operations: Promotion in Leisure and Tourism context. (Leeds Castle trip)

2

Unit 1: The Leisure and tourism industry: Introduction to business operations.

Unit 2: Sales, promotions and operations: Promotional techniques and materials (Marlowe Theatre trip)

3

Unit 1: The Leisure and tourism industry: Factors influencing customer choice.

Unit 2: Sales, promotions and operations: Operations used in Leisure and Tourism organisations (Marlowe Trip)

4

Unit 1: The Leisure and tourism industry: Introduction into destinations, impacts and sustainability.

Revision

5

Unit 2: Sales, promotions and operations: Sales in Leisure and Tourism context. (Leeds Castle trip)

 

 

AS and A2 Level Geography

We study the new Edexcel Geography Specification. http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/geography-2016.html

Students will usually have two teachers and each teacher will deliver a different aspect of the course. This may therefore differ to the order given below. However, all aspects of year 12 will be covered in year 12 and all year 13 aspects covered in year 13. Students will also complete 2 days of fieldwork in year 12 and a residential trip in year 13. Coursework comprises 20% of the full A-Level.

TERM

YEAR 12

YEAR 13

1

Dynamic Landscapes: Tectonic processes and landscapes.

Physical systems and sustainability: Water cycle and water insecurity

2

Dynamic Landscapes: Coastal Landscapes and Change

Physical systems and sustainability: The carbon cycle and energy security.

3

Dynamic Places: Globalisation

Human systems and geopolitics: Superpowers

4

Dynamic Places: Regenerating places

Human systems and geopolitics: Health, Human rights and intervention

5

Revision

 

 

Travel and Tourism AS and A2

We study Edexcel Travel and Tourism

http://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/...

Students will usually have two teachers and each teacher will deliver a different aspect of the course. This may therefore differ to the order given below. However, all aspects of year 12 will be covered in year 12 and all year 13 aspects covered in year 13. Coursework contributes  

TERM

YEAR 12

YEAR 13

1

The Travel and Tourism Industry: Introduction (Exam)

Current Issues in Travel and Tourism (Coursework)

2

Destination Britain (coursework)

Responsible Tourism (Coursework)

3

The Travel and Tourism Customer (Coursework)

Working in Travel and Tourism (Coursework)

4

The Travel and Tourism Industry: (Exam)

Working in Travel and Tourism (Coursework)

5

Revision

 

 

World Development AS and A2

We study WJEC World Development

Students will usually have two teachers and each teacher will deliver a different aspect of the course. This may therefore differ to the order given below. However, all aspects of year 12 will be covered in year 12 and all year 13 aspects covered in year 13. Coursework contributes 30% of the final grade. 70% is external examination.

TERM

YEAR 12

YEAR 13

1

WD1 (Exam): Introduction to world development issues – Development, resources and global citizenship

WD3 (Exam): Concepts and Processes of world development – Perspectives of development

2

WD1 (Exam) : Introduction to world development issues – Poverty and inequality

WD3 (Exam) Concepts and Processes of world development – Perspectives of development

3

WD2 (Coursework): Portfolio analysis of world development issues – Article analysis

Individual Report

4

WD2 (coursework): Portfolio analysis of world development issues – Comparative essay

Revision for WD3 exam

5

Revision for WD1 exam