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Teacher: Mr M Green
Teacher: Miss O Lewis

HALF TERM 1

What is Geography?

  • What is a geographer?
  • 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 the world really like?

  • What is factfulness?
  • Defining & understanding how development can be measured
  • Understanding how money is spread around the world
  • How development can change overtime
  • Understanding what it missing from the global development map
  • Why do people live in poverty?
  • Analysing development data to see how the world has changed
  • Closing the development gap

HALF TERM 3

Continued…

  • Sustainable development goals
  • Population growth and future trends
  • Ways of controlling population size
  • Understanding where people migrate to and why they migrate
  • What urbanisation is and how it is impacted through migration

HALF TERM 4

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 5

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 6

Why is the Middle East an important world region?

  • Why is the Middle East an important world region?
  • The Middle East as a hot desert
  • The potential impact that climate change could have on the region
  • How the UAE has developed into an economic region
  • The population diversity in the Middle East
  • Ongoing conflict in the Middle East (connected to Yemen)
  • Desertification in the Middle East (linked to weathering and soils)

Location focus: Middle East

HALF TERM 1

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 2

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 3

What are fantastic places?

  • Svalbard: people, place and polar bears
  • Northern lights and how they attract tourists
  • Racetrack Playa in Death Valley, California
  • The Chernobyl disaster

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

What is the future of earth?

  • A geographers view on climate change
  • Evidence for climate change – geological timescales
  • Historical human and physical changes in the Earth’s climate
  • Exploring potential consequences of climate change on our planet
  • What can we do to reduce climate change?

 

Location focus: Bangladesh & UK

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