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Geography

Geography is part of the Humanities Department at Idsall. We help students to find their way through the world of people by studying:

  • People through time (History)
  • People in places (Geography)
  • People and their beliefs (R.E.)

Students are set according to their ability in Humanities subjects. All students, regardless of their ability, follow the same basic courses in each subject although the speed and depth of the work will vary.

We expect every student to try their best all of the time but as individual students develop at different times we shall regularly review their progress. If necessary, students will be moved to another set where the style and pace of the work is more suited to the particular individual. Geography, History and Religious Education form the Humanities Faculty and setting is based on average levels across all three subjects.

Some of our work involves drawing graphs, diagrams and other illustrations. We have found the best work is done with coloured pencil crayons rather than felt tip pens. All students should have important basic equipment such as a set of coloured pencils, a ruler, a pen and a pencil.

We all believe in the value of homework and it will be set regularly for all students. The range of tasks will vary from answering questions, to research and project tasks and surveys, and your support is needed and welcomed.

Humanities has eight specialist rooms, one of which has twenty networked computers, which can be booked by the subject teachers for specific tasks and topics. All these are available to students to support and develop their work. We also have access to iPads and Chromebooks in fully stocked trolleys that is available on request, particularly suited to lower ability students who are doing group research or for instant feedback in assessments.

Where students have access to computers at home, we encourage them to make full use of them in their Humanities’ work.

Assessment is conducted at the end of topics or modules and might include a variety of methods, such as an essay project, presentation, geographical investigation (practice controlled assessment) or role-play. The work is assessed using the 9-1 grade system.

In Year 7, students will have five hours of Humanities per week, with four hours in Years 8 and 9, which are shared between History, Geography and R.E. At Key Stage 4 each student will be able to opt to study one or more of the subjects at GCSE and later at A Level.

Geography at Key Stage 3

The following is an outline of the topics covered per half term:

Year 7

Autumn 1

TECTONICS

  • Earth structure
  • Plate boundaries
  • Volcanoes
  • Earthquakes
  • Disaster management

Autumn 2

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES AND POLLUTION

  • Types of pollution
  • Types of resources
  • Resource management: reduce, re-use, recycle
  • Renewable energy
  • Oil spill
  • WaterAid campaign

Spring 1

RIVERS

  • Hydrological (water) cycle
  • River processes
  • Geomorphological processes
  • Upper course features
  • Middle course features
  • Lower course features
  • River flooding example

Spring 2

WEATHER AND CLIMATE

  • Types of precipitation
  • Climate zones in Britain
  • Weather map symbols
  • Weather forecasting
  • Microclimate features
  • School-based fieldwork skills

Summer 1

DEVELOPMENT

  • Development indicators
  • What is development?
  • Population pyramids
  • Diseases
  • Different tribal lifestyles
  • Comparison of lifestyles for Nenets, Akie, Maasai, Adi, Anuta and Kombai tribes

Summer 2

SEND MY FRIEND TO SCHOOL CAMPAIGN

  • Case studies from developing countries
  • Reasons why children do not go to school
  • Access to education
  • Campaign for access
Year 8 

Autumn 1

THE GEOGRAPHY OF CRIME

  • Crime categories
  • GIS research on local crime statistics and locations
  • Designing out crime vs target hardening
  • School-based fieldwork skills

Autumn 2

EXPLORING BRITAIN: MAPS AND UK IDENTITY

  • OS map work
  • Scales, linear and actual distances, 4 and 6 figure grid references, compass directions, bearings
  • UK major landmarks
  • UK National Parks
  • UK major cities and countries
  • Location of Shropshire

Spring 1

ASIA – CHINA

  • Chinese Dynastic history
  • Chinese economy
  • Sweatshop life
  • Chinese physical geography
  • Chinese One/Two Child Policy (anti-natalist policy)
  • Impact of an ageing population
  • Life in Tibet

Spring 2

ASIA – INDIA

  • Indian economy
  • Indian physical geography
  • Slumdog Millionaire?
  • Shanty towns
  • Migration processes
  • Hyper-urbanisation
  • Improving shanty towns

Summer 1

COASTAL GEOMORPHOLOGY

  • Coastal processes
  • Types of waves
  • Longshore drift – the process
  • Erosional landforms
  • Depositional landforms
  • Model making of Holderness coastline, Humberside

Summer 2

GLACIAL GEOMORPHOLOGY

  • Glaciers as systems
  • Distribution of cold environments
  • Glacial processes
  • Glacial erosional landforms
  • Glacial depositional landforms
  • Sherpa culture of the Himalayas
Year 9

Autumn 1

Globalisation

  • Employment sectors
  • National employment structure comparison
  • Patterns of world trade
  • World Trade Game
  • Trade blocs (EU)

Autumn 2

Globalisation

  • Fashion
  • Sport
  • Impact of hosting global sporting events: good or bad?
  • Fair Trade Challenge for Traidcraft Snack Attack

Spring 1

CLIMATE CHANGE

  • UK’s climatic zones
  • Geological timeline
  • What is changing?
  • Climate change processes
  • Enhanced Greenhouse Effect
  • Past megafauna and ecosystems of the Quaternary Period
  • Can we stop it?

Spring 2

ECOSYSTEMS

  • World distribution of biomes
  • Characteristics of different biomes – tropical rainforest, grassland and hot/cold deserts
  • Adaptation of vegetation to their climate
  • Soil cycle
  • Rock cycle
  • Road Trip through Africa

Summer 1

Extreme Environments (desert)

Decision making practice mock exam on Australia’s population issues

Summer 2

GCSE FIELDWORK PRACTICE ON ECO SCHOOLS

  • School-based fieldwork skills
  • Data numeracy and presentation skills
  • Graphicacy 

Geography at Key Stage 4

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The following is an outline of the topics covered per half term:

Year 10

Autumn 1

Component 1 Section C:
Ecosystems - Tropical rainforest

Autumn 2

Component 1 Section C:
Ecosystems - temperate deciduous woodland

Component 2 Section A:
Changing Cities

Local Case Study: MEXICO CITY

Spring 1

Component 2 Section A: Changing Cities

Local Case Study: WOLVERHAMPTON

Spring 2

Urban Fieldwork: day trip to Wolverhampton (land use transect to investigate urban form and function)

Summer 1

Component 1 Section A:
Changing Landscapes of the UK

Option 1C - Glaciation

Summer 2

Option 1B - Rivers

Rivers Theory

Fieldwork: day trips to Carding Mill Valley (long profile and upper valley characteristics) and Shrewsbury (lower valley characteristics and flooding)

Year 11

EDEXCEL B SPECIFICATION (LEGACY 2012 CURRICULUM)

Autumn 1

Unit 2 Topic 1:

Population Dynamics

Unit 2 Topic 2:

Consuming Resources

Autumn 2

Unit 2 Topic 3:

Globalisation

Unit 2 Topic 4:

Development Dilemmas

MOCK EXAMS:

Unit 1 5GB1F/H 2016

Unit 3 DME 2016 Global oceans

Spring 1

Unit 2 Topic 6:

Changing Settlements of the UK

Unit 3 DME Sample Assessment Materials: Iceland

Spring 2

Unit 2 Topic 8:

Challenges of a Rural World

Unit 3 DME 2014: Jamaica

Summer 1

Final exams.

Summer 2

Study leave.

Geography at Key Stage 5

Year 12 A Level Pearson Edexcel Geography (New Curriculum) 

Autumn 1

Paper 2: Human Geography

Study Area 2 Dynamic Places, Topic 3 - Globalisation, Superpowers

Study Area 2 Dynamic Places, Topic 4 - Shaping Places

RURAL Sub topic 4A - Regenerating Places

+ SKILLS AND STATISTICS

Autumn 2

Paper 1: Physical Geography

Study Area 1 Dynamic Landscapes, Topic 1 - Tectonic processes and hazards

Study Area 1 Dynamic Landscapes, Topic 2 Landscape Systems, Processes and Change

ALL THEORY

Spring 1

Paper 2: Human Geography

Study Area 2 Dynamic Places, Topic 4 - Shaping Places

URBAN Sub topic 4A - Regenerating Places, includes urban fieldwork to compare success of schemes in Manchester and Liverpool CBDs

Spring 2

Paper 1: Physical Geography

Study Area 1 Dynamic Landscapes, Topic 2 Landscape Systems, Processes and Change

Sub topic 2B - Coastal Landscapes and Change, includes fieldwork along the North Wales coastline

Summer 1

Final AS level Exams (completely different format compared with A level content and exam style)

Paper 4: Independent Investigation

Summer 2

Final AS level Exams (completely different format compared with A level content and exam style)

Paper 4: Independent Investigation

Year 13 A2 Level Pearson Edexcel Geography (Legacy Curriculum) 

A2 UNIT 3 – CONTESTED PLANET   30%

SECTION A (50/90 marks):    

  • Energy Security
  • Water Conflicts
  • Biodiversity under Threat
  • Superpowers
  • Bridging the Development Gap
  • Technological Fix

SECTION B (40/90 marks)

Plus pre-release decision making

A2 UNIT 4 – RESEARCHING GEOGRAPHY   20%

  • Option 2 Cold Environments   OR
  • Option 5 Pollution and Human Health (70 marks)

This is an individually researched topic that you will specialise in.  You choose either a human or physical based module and attend tutorials to develop your report writing skills.

The following is an outline of the topics covered per half term:

Autumn 1

Unit 3: Contested Planet

Superpower Geographies

Bridging the Development Gap

Technological Fix

Autumn 2

Unit 3:  Contested Planet

Biodiversity Under Threat

Water Conflicts

Energy Security

Spring 1

Mock exams and Unit 3 feedback

Unit 4 Geographical Research:

Option 2 Cold Environments OR

Option 5 Pollution and Human Health

Unit 4 preparation to sit four mock exams on each of the four steers (two steers per teacher)

Spring 2

Unit 4 preparation to sit four mock exams on each of the four steers (two steers per teacher)

Summer 1

Unit 4 plus pre-release for Units 3 (decision-making) and Unit 4 steer

Relevant Synoptic links for Human Geography topics on Unit 3 DME pre-release

Final Pre-release preparation

FINAL EXAMS

Summer 2

Final Exam revision for Unit 3

Skills analysis practice

Relevant Synoptic links for Physical Geography topics on Unit 3 DME pre-release

FINAL EXAMS

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For further advice or to find out more about the Geography curriculum at Idsall School, please contact Mrs Walker (Head of Humanities Faculty and Geography Department), Mr Pittam or Miss Davies.

Updated September 2016