Geography

The Geography Curriculum

Mr Mair, Mr Errington and Mr Hardicre make up the Geography Department, which sits within the Humanities Department.

To find out more about the curriculum Siddal Moor delivers, please contact the school and ask to speak to the Assistant Headteacher - Curriculum.


Key Stage 3

The Geography Department follow the National Curriculum for Key Stage 3, covering a range of topics, areas and skills.

GCSE Geography is split into three areas of study. Students will study physical geography, human geography and will learn fieldwork skills on a residential field trip.

Key Stage 3 (Year 7 - 9) Geography Curriculum Overview

All schemes of learning and timescales are approximate, and flexible, as learning will travel based on the pupils’ interest and understanding. Interleaving will be used to return to and revisit content and concepts to improve retention.

 

Autumn - Year 7

  • Mapskills
  • Tropical rainforests
  • Physical characteristics
  • Adaptations
  • Structure
  • Human influence

Spring - Year 7

  • Weather and climate
  • Brazil’s climate
  • UK climate
  • Microclimate investigation
  • Global circulation models
  • Climate change

Summer - Year 7

  • Water on the Land
  • The journey of the Amazon
  • Flooding
  • Fieldwork visit to Ingleton
  • Climate change

Autumn - Year 8

  • Changing Urban environments
  • Urbanisation
  • Megacities
  • Mumbai
  • Heywood, Greater Manchester

Spring - Year 8

  • Population
  • Globalisation
  • The economic world
  • Economic change in the UK
  • The Middle East
  • Future economies

Summer - Year 8

  • Water DME
  • Resource Management
  • Global distribution & inequalities
  • Energy in the UK
  • Renewable Energy
  • Food & Water resources
  • Recycling

Autumn - Year 9

  • Living with hazards
  • Types of hazard
  • Tectonic hazards
  • Causes, effects and responses

Spring - Year 9

  • Ecosystems
  • Arctic
  • Geomorphology: how the land is shaped
  • Erosion, transportation & deposition
  • Coasts case study GIS
  • Coastal protection DME

Summer - Year 9

  • Kolkatta DME
  • How is the world changing?
  • Climate change
  • Desertification
  • Resources
  • Local ecosystem fieldwork

 

Examination Courses:

Subject Title:Board:Subject Code:Qualification:Course DetailsCourse Specification
GeographyAQA8035GCSE (9-1)Link to Course DetailsLink to Course Specification

 

Key Stage 4 (Year 10 and 11) Geography Curriculum Overview

 

Autumn - Year 10

Term 1

Urban Issues & Challenges

  • Urban population change
  • Megacities
  • CASE STUDY – Rio:
    - Importance of location
    - Opportunities
    - Challenges
  • EXAMPLE of urban improvement – Rio

Term 2

Urban Issues & Challenges

  • UK population distribution
  • CASE STUDY – Manchester:
    - Importance of location
    - Impact of migration
    - Opportunities
    - Challenges
  • EXAMPLE of urban regeneration – Salford Quays
  • Sustainable urban living
  • Transport Strategies

Spring - Year 10

Term 1

UK Physical Landscapes

  • Overview

River Landscapes

  • Long profile & cross profile
  • Fluvial processes
  • Landforms
  • EXAMPLE – UK river valley
  • Flood risks
  • Flood management

Term 2

Coastal Landscapes

  • Waves
  • Coastal processes
  • Landforms
  • EXAMPLE – UK coastline
  • Management strategies

Summer - Year 10

Term 1

Resource Management

  • Significance
  • Resources in the UK

Energy

  • Demand
  • Conflict and security
  • Strategies to increase supply
  • EXAMPLE – extraction of fossil fuels
  • Sustainability
  • EXAMPLE – local renewable energy supply

Term 2

Geographical Investigation

Preparation for fieldwork, collection of data and writing up the fieldwork.

The fieldwork is a river study carried out in Grasmere, Cumbria.

Autumn - Year 11

Term 1

Natural Hazards

  • Definition
  • Type
  • Factors affecting risk

Tectonic Hazards

  • Plate tectonics
  • Distribution
  • Processes
  • Effects
  • Responses
  • EXAMPLE – compare HIC & LIC
  • Management
  • Monitoring, 3Ps

Term 2

Weather Hazards

  • Global atmospheric circulation
  • Tropical storms
  • Effects of tropical storms
  • EXAMPLE – tropical storm effects and responses
  • Monitoring & 3Ps
  • UK weather hazards
  • Extreme weather UK
  • Evidence UK weather becoming more extreme

Climate Change

  • The result of natural and human factors
  • Managing climate change

Spring - Year 11

Term 1

Ecosystems

  • Scale
  • Interactions

Tropical Rainforests

  • Characteristics
  • Interdependence
  • Biodiversity
  • Deforestation and impacts
  • Sustainability

Hot deserts

  • Characteristics
  • Interdependence
  • Biodiversity
  • CASE STUDY –
    - Development
    - Challenges
  • Desertification
  • Reduce risk of desertification

Term 2

Changing Economic World

  • Economic development
  • Quality of Life
  • Reduce Global Development gap
  • EXAMPLE – Tourism
  • CASE STUDY - SEEP impact of rapid economic development
  • Impact of economic change on UK
  • EXAMPLE – sustainability of modern industry
  • HUMAN FIELDWORK

Summer - Year 11

 

Catch-up / revision

 

Examination