The new KS3 Geography curriculum at Caedmon College Whitby has been developed this year to meet the government changes for GCSE in September 2016. The skills and topics we follow support the students’ progress towards high attainment at GCSE and onto A-level. The key focus of our teaching is to create students who are more independent and inquisitive about the world we live in. We have designed a sequence of topics which allow our students to focus on the human and physical environment that they live in. Our technology led learning includes a Twitter account which adds links to news articles on current topics and television documentaries from around the world, this is an open account for anyone to see at ‘ccwgeog’.
Year 7 Outline:
KED Curriculum Topics:
Who are we? – Whitby and the World: What is Geography? Human and physical features, locating and describing places, Whitby’s weather and climate, our coastline.
Finding Our Place: Longitude and latitude, map symbols, four figure grid refs, six figure grid refs, measuring distance, relief.
Global Citizens – Global Ecosystems: The Worlds biomes, structure of the rainforest, adaptations, rainforest tribes, deforestation, desertification, cold environments, the World’s rivers.
Who Has the Power? – The Geography of Early Rulers: Early settlement locations, functions, settlement change, settlement patterns.
Superpowers: The growth of cities, urban land use, megacities, favela’s, the EU, what is a superpower and who are the superpowers? China’s economic boom.
Design to Product – The Geography of Fashion: Globalisation and our global wardrobe, transnational companies, high street change, who makes our clothing? LEDC’s and MEDC’s, what does our clothing cost? Sweatshops, employment structures.
Year 8 Outline:
Elements – Elemental Earth: Structure of the Earth, plate boundaries, volcanoes, volcanic hazards, earthquakes, tsunamis, case study the Nepalese earthquake.
Inspiration – Our Human Planet: Population distribution, birth and death rates, population pyramids, how population changes, types of migration, push factors and pull factors, Mediterranean case study.
Innovation and Enterprise – Solving our Energy Problems: Renewable vs non-renewable, fossil fuels and the problems with them, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, fracking.
Business in the Environment: The growth of tourism, pros and cons of tourism. Visit Britain, national parks, ecotourism, design an eco-tourist resort.
Now and Then – Our Changing Planet: Polluted planet, how is our climate changing? The likely impacts or climate change, the problem of water supplies, burning rain, endangered animals, the future.
Students are assessed in line with the new grade descriptions introduced by the government in September 2014. We are assessing our students through our KED inspired curriculum available on Realsmart.
Any queries please speak to Mr T Wigglesworth, Head of Geography.
Geography at GCSE now follows the new AQA specification for first teaching in September 2016. The new look specification includes two fieldwork trips including both Human and Physical Geography topics. Our examinations are linear and are assessed at the end of Year 11.
Students studying in Year 9 this year have already started their GCSE course to allow students to learn in more depth over a three year key stage.
To support a career and education path into higher learning, the GCSE topics, skills and knowledge learnt at this level is directly connected to the topics chosen at A-level. This connected learning approach allows students to make strong progress from Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 5.
Year 10 Topic outline http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/gcse/geography-8035
- Unit 2, Paper 2 Section B, Chapter 20: Economic Change in the UK
- Unit 1, Paper 1 Section A, Chapter 2: Tectonic hazards
- Unit 2, Paper 2 Section A, Chapter 15: Urban challenges in the UK
- Unit 2, Paper 2 Section A, Chapter 16: Sustainable development of Urban Areas
- Unit 1, Paper 1 Section C, Chapter 11: River Landscapes
- Unit 2, Paper 2 Section A, Chapter 13: The Global pattern of Urban Change
- Unit 2, Paper 2 Section A, Chapter 14: Urban growth in Nigeria
- Fieldwork Summer term Human Geography plus physical (possible ideas – new housing linked to flood plains, growth of York and impact of the river)
Year 11 Topic outline Living world plus Challenge of resource management topics
- Unit 1, Paper 1 Section B, ‘Living world’, Chapters 5: Ecosystems and Chapter 6: Tropical rainforest plus Chapter 7: Hot Deserts
- Unit 2, Paper 2 Section C, Chapter 21: Global resource management plus 22 Resources in the UK and 24 Water
- Unit 3, Geographical Application and skills, Issue evaluation exam paper, Chapter 26 (pre-release paper), Chapter 27: Fieldwork and Geographical enquire (how to write an enquire)
Geography has a Twitter account ‘ccwgeog’ which is open to all students and parents. We offer links to news articles which are Geography related and highlight television programmes which may support their learning.
Where Can I Find More Information:
You can contact the College, talk to your Personal Careers Advisor or College careers staff.
What will I study?
Geography is the eyes of the world – we see so many things in our daily lives and often appreciate our surroundings without understanding how interconnected our world is. A-level Geography aims to allow us to see more clearly how our lives are affected by the environment and development of countries. Understanding the risk of buying a home near a river; of how quickly Hurricane Irma devastated the Caribbean and the aid needed to help, or to simply gaining an awareness that migration will continue and increase as our world moves towards ten billion people.
What do students do afterwards?
Geography at Caedmon College teaches more than just A-level, we aim to give you the research skills to be successful at university, bridging the gap between your college and university education. The world in which we live is likely to change more in the next fifty years than it has ever done before. Geography explains why, and helps to prepare you for those changes. The transferable skills which geography fosters are an asset in the complex world of employment today. Geography is about the future and encourages flexible thinking across topics such a hazards, international development, coastal system and carbon cycles; geographical studies fosters these qualities and provides a firm basis for life-long learning. Geography involves the study of both natural and social sciences; it is seen as the ‘bridge’ between the sciences and the arts, leading to degrees in human or physical geography or geo-sciences, and employment ranging from marine biosphere conservation to town planner and tourism.
For further information please speak to Mr Wigglesworth or see our specification on the AQA website (7037)
“It’s an interesting subject. It’s good to learn what goes on around you.” – Tim Barker, Y12