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Teacher: Mr M Green
Teacher: Miss O Lewis

HALF TERM 1

What is Geography?  

  • Locational knowledge of places around the world 
  • Using OS maps to investigate places 
  • Locating features on OS maps through grid references 
  • Understanding how maps can show height, direction and slopes 
  • Being able to describe a location and route using the appropriate scale 

 Investigating fieldwork skills at school Location focus: locality of Blacon/Chester. 

HALF TERM 2

What is weather and climate? 

  • How does climate vary across the world? 
  • How does climate influence the rainforest ecosystem? 
  • What and where are rainforests? 
  • Analysing climate 

Location focus: UK, Amazon, Congo 

HALF TERM 3

What is weather and climate? 

  • Wildlife & vegetation adaptations 
  • How is the rainforest used by different people? 
  • How sustainable are the world’s rainforests? 

Location focus: UK, Amazon, Congo 

HALF TERM 4

Is the earth running out of natural resources? 

  • How do we use our planet as a natural resource? 
  • Understanding why there is a reliance on natural resources 
  • Natural resources: oil, electricity, and natural gas 
  • Exploring how natural resources can be used sustainably 

Location focus: Middle East 

HALF TERM 5

Shall I move to the rainforest?  

  • What is weather and climate?
  • How does climate vary across the world? 
  • How does climate influence the rainforest ecosystem? 
  • What and where are rainforests? 
  • Analysing climate 
  • Wildlife & vegetation adaptations 
  • How is the rainforest used by different people? 
  • How sustainable are the world’s rainforests?

Location focus: Amazon, Congo 

HALF TERM 6

Shall I move to the rainforest?  

  • Analysing climate 
  • Wildlife & vegetation adaptations 
  • How is the rainforest used by different people? 
  • How sustainable are the world’s rainforests?

Location focus: Amazon, Congo 

HALF TERM 1

Why are rivers and coasts important?

  • Understanding how water flows into rivers – water cycle 
  • River processes and the how they shape the land 
  • Why rivers are important to people 
  • The issue of flooding in the UK and beyond 
  • Making judgements on river management 
  • How do rivers connect to the sea? 
  • What shapes our coastal landscape? 
  • What landforms are created through coastal erosion processes? 
  • Coastal management (Holderness) 

Location focus: UK, Ghana 

HALF TERM 2

To explain the natural causes of climate change and how these could lead to glaciation. 

  • To explain if glaciers are expanding or shrinking. 
  • To explain the landforms created by erosion. 
  • To evaluate how landforms are created. 
  • To analyse a map to interpret glacial location. 
  • To identify glacial features on a map. 
  • To explain the effects of tourism. 
  • To explain the effects of tourism. 
  • Explain how avalanches occur. 
  • To understand climate change and the evidence for it.  
  • To understand the change in Arctic ice.  

HALF TERM 3

Is the World's population growth out of control? 

  • Where in the World do, we all live? 
  • UK population growth 
  • Life Expectancy and issues in HIC’s 
  • Comparing Life expectancy around the World 
  • Resource Wars 
  • Migration the benefits and problems 
  • Why would you become a migrant? 
  • Planet Kapplying our knowledge 
  • Predicting population growth in Germany and Ethiopia 
  • Population growth and future trends 
  • Ways of controlling population size 
  • Understanding where people migrate too and why they migrate 

HALF TERM 4

Will we ever know enough about earthquakes & volcanoes to live safely? 

  • Categorising hazards 
  • Structure of the earth 
  • Plate tectonics & mapping plate boundaries 
  • Locating the world’s earthquakes and volcanoes 
  • Cause of earthquakes and their impacts 
  • Managing risk in earthquake zones 

Location focus: Nepal (Asia), Japan (Asia), Indonesia (Asia) 

HALF TERM 5

Will we ever know enough about earthquakes & volcanoes to live safely? 

  • Continued… 
  • Boxing Day Tsunami; causes and impact 
  • Causes of major volcanoes 
  • Impacts of volcanic eruptions 
  • Managing the risk of volcanoes 

Location focus: Nepal (Asia), Japan 

HALF TERM 6

Is the geography of Russia a curse or benefit?  

  • Physical landscape of Russia 
  • What is an economy? 
  • Is the economy of Russia similar or different to the UK? 
  • The climate of Russia • Location of population groups in Russia 
  • Is the geography of Russia a curse or a benefit? 
  • Russia’s connections to the North Pole (polar regions) Location focus: Russia

HALF TERM 1

Geography skills recap:

  • World map basics
  • Scale & distance
  • Latitude & longitude
  • Grid references
  • OS maps

HALF TERM 2

Urbanisation in contrasting global cities

  • Growth & character of Mumbai and Sydney
  • Migration patterns
  • Cultural patterns in both cities
  • Challenges (poverty/housing/sustainability)

HALF TERM 3

Urban & Rural processes in UK

  • Processes of urbanisation, suburbanisation, and counter urbanisation.
  • How are urban places changing?
  • Explore the challenges of creating sustainable communities.

HALF TERM 4

Retail change & industry

  • Causes & impacts of retail change
  • Issues associated with leisure use on rural & urban areas
  • Causes & impacts of globalisation
  • Nike Case Study (Vietnam)

HALF TERM 5

Development

  • Global patterns of development
  • Emergence of NICs
  • Global trade patterns
  • Long term/Emergency Aid

HALF TERM 6

Decision making paper exam practice & revision techniques.

HALF TERM 1

Rivers

  • Processes of erosion, transportation & deposition
  • Landforms (waterfalls ,meanders, deltas)
  • River flooding: causes, impacts & management
  • Why is management controversial?

HALF TERM 2

Coasts

  • Processes
  • Landforms
  • Coastal management - conflict at the coast
  • How will climate change impact different coastlines?

HALF TERM 3

Weather & Climate

  • Why is UK climate so variable?
  • Global atmospheric circulation – the creation of different climate zones
  • Global distribution of weather hazards

HALF TERM 4

High & Low pressure weather hazards

  • California Drought/Cyclone Nargis
  • Location · Causes · Impacts · Management

HALF TERM 5

Climate change – cause and effect

  • How has climate changed over the Quaternary period?
  • Natural/Human greenhouse effect.
  • Case Study – Arctic food chain

HALF TERM 6

Climate change case studies

  • Maldives – low lying coastlines & sea level rise
  • Population movement in Bangladesh – climate refugees
  • How can climate change be tackled on different scales?

HALF TERM 1

Ecosystems

  • Semi Arid Grasslands
  • Location
  • Climate
  • Vegetation
  • Food web Nutrient cycles

HALF TERM 2

How do humans affect ecosystems?

  • Desertification
  • Where is The Sahel?
  • Causes (physical & human)
  • Impacts Management on different scales

HALF TERM 3

Tropical Rainforests

  • Location
  • Climate
  • Vegetation
  • Food web
  • Nutrient cycle Deforestation

HALF TERM 4

Water management

  • Supply & demand
  • Analysing our water footprint
  • Managing water shortages
  • Water transfer schemes

HALF TERM 5

Preparation for GCSE exams

HALF TERM 6

Preparation for GCSE exams