Geography

Teachers

  • Martyn Scott, Director of Learning
  • Adam Flett
  • Dave Miller
  • Scott Vickers
  • Mr L Marshall

Geography in Key Stage 3

Curriculum Intent: To give students a deep Geography knowledge of real places, real people and real issues that enables them to become successful local, regional, and global citizens.

Topics (Term 1-6)Content LearntHigh Performing students will:
Terms 1 & 2
Magnificent maps
Geography definition
Map types
Direction
Scale
Symbols
Grid references
Height
Latitude/Longitude
Atlas skills
Place knowledge
• know what makes up Geography.
• know what a map is and why they
are used
• understand compass direction
• understand the concept of Scale
• understand why symbols are used
• know how to locate places upon a
map using grid references
• understand how to show height
upon a map
• understand longitude and latitude
• know how to use an Atlas
• explore what is meant by
continents and oceans.
• understand the main parts of the
World.
Term 3 & 4
Unbelievable UK
Europe
UK
Regions
Physical UK geography
Water cycle
Rivers
Flooding
Coasts
Weather and Climate
Global warming
Human UK Geography
UK population
Hailsham settlement
UK Transport
Development
• know the location of the UK within
the context of Europe.
• know the nations that make up the
British Isles, UK, GB
and point them out on a map
• know that UK’s nations are divided
into regions and these
are further divided into counties
and unitary authorities.
• have an overview of the main UK
physical geography
including the locations of main
mountains/ upland and
lowland areas. Rivers.
• know the main components of the
water cycle including all
terms and definitions.
• understand how this links to river
drainage basins.
• know the main parts of the River
Thames and be able to
follow a map linked to it.
• understand how river meanders
form
• understand what causes river
flooding and how to
manage this hazard.
• know how headland, cave, arch,
stack, stump landforms
are created at the coast.
• understand UK weather and
climate and how this might
change with global warming.
• have an overview of the main UK
human geography
including names of main cities and
location.
• explore how the UK’s population is
unevenly distributed.
• know how UK settlements might
change with time.
Focus on Hailsham growth.
• know the main UK transport links
e.g. road and airports.
• know an overview of UK Economic
development and how to measure
it to other counties
Terms 5 and 6
Brilliant Brazil
South America overview
Brazil
Physical and Human Geography of Brazil
Climate
Tropical rainforest
Deforestation
Cities
Development differences across Brazil.
• know where Brazil is located and
identify major settlements.
• identify some of Brazil’s key human
and physical features
• demonstrate map skills using
compass directions and
grid references
• understand Brazil’s climate
• understand the features of a
tropical rainforest and how
it links to climate change.
• understand how humans use the
rainforest and how it can be
sustainably managed.
• understand what urbanisation is
and how it is impacting the people
of Brazil.
• understand that there is inequality
in Brazil
• identify solutions to reduce
inequality

Year 8

Terms 1-3
Creative China
China location
Physical and Human Geography of China
River landforms
China Economy
• know where China is and locate it
within the continent of Asia
• identify some of China’s physical
features
• demonstrate map skills using
compass directions and grid
references
• understand China’s climate
• understand the structure of the
Earth and Plate tectonic theory
• demonstrate understanding of the
types of plate margin
• understand how a V shaped valley
is formed
• understand the different types of
waves and the process of
Longshore drift.
• understand how China has become
a NEE
• understand how and why China has
used population policies.
• understand what it is like to work in
the manufacturing sector in China.
• explain how China intends to
advance its presence in the future
Terms 4-6
Kicking Kenya
Africa overview
Kenya location
Physical and Human Geography of Kenya
River landforms
Kenya Economy
Kenya Development.
• know some of the nations that
make up Africa and point them out
on a map. (main political
Geography of Africa) including
Kenya location.
• have an overview of the main
African physical geography
including the locations of main
mountains/ upland and lowland
areas. Rivers.
• know the main population
distribution across Africa.
• understand the main Physical
characteristics of Kenya
• know how Volcanoes and the Rift
valley formed in Kenya
• understand the main climate of
Kenya including drawing climate
graphs.
• understand the main biomes here
with a focus on Savannah.
• understand how the KENYAN
climate might change due to
global warming and to understand
the management strategies
needed (mitigation/adaption)
• recap how headland, cave, arch,
stack, stump landforms are created
at the coast.
• know how coastal sand dunes form
in Kenya.
• have an overview of the main
KENYAN human geography
including names of main cities and
location and to explore how the
KENYA’s population is unevenly
distributed.
• understand a short history of Kenya
as a background to the
development of this country.
• understand Urbanisation and to
compare Urban and Rural life with
a focus on Nairobi and rural
pastoralists.
• know an overview of KENYA
Economic development and how
to measure it to other counties
• understand about the flower trade
in Kenya and its role in
development
• know how fair trade can help
development with a special focus
on Kazuri beads.
• know about tourism in Kenya;
some of the conflicts which arise
and whether tourism can become
more sustainable. Special focus on
safari and beach holidays.

Year 9

Terms 1-3
Incredible India
Asia overview
India location
Physical and Human Geography of India
River landforms
Indian Economy
Indian Development.
• know where India is and locate it
within the continent of Asia
• be able to use an atlas and/or
longitude and latitude to locate
human and physical features of
India
• Understand key concepts of the
water cycle
• Compare and describe different
erosional processes
• Understand and explain how
erosional processes form river
landforms
• NEE/LIC/HIC how are these
different, the impact on quality of
life
• draw and describe a climate graph
of the monsoon climate
• understand causes and mitigation
of climate change
• describe and explain how
earthquakes are caused and
suggest ways to reduce the impact
• understand how Mumbai is
growing and developing as one of
India’s wealthiest cities
• gain knowledge of what it would
be like to live in the slums of India
• gain an understanding of different
industries in India
• evaluate aid as a method of
reducing the development gap
Terms 4-6
Unbelievable UK return
Europe
UK
Regions
Physical UK geography, eg water cycle
Rivers, Flooding, Coasts
Weather and Climate
Global warming
Human UK Geography, eg population
Transport
Development
• know the location of the UK within
the context of Europe.
• know the nations that make up the
British Isles, UK, GB and point them
out on a map
• know that UK’s nations are divided
into regions and these are further
divided into counties and unitary
authorities.
• have an overview of the main UK
physical geography including the
locations of main mountains/
upland and lowland areas. Rivers.
• know the main components of the
water cycle
• understand how this links to river
drainage basins.
• know the main parts of the River
Thames
• understand how river meanders
form
• understand what causes river
flooding and how to manage this
hazard.
• know how headland, cave, arch,
stack, stump landforms are created
at the coast.
• understand UK weather and
climate and how this might change
with global warming.
• have an overview of the main UK
human geography including
names of main cities and location.
• explore how the UK’s population is
unevenly distributed.
• know how UK settlements might
change with time. Focus on
Hailsham growth.
• know the main UK transport links
e.g., road and airports.
• know an overview of UK Economic
development and how to measure
it to other counties

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 Geography is a non-compulsory subject that students can choose as  one of their option choices. However the importance of the EBacc will mean that many students should choose either Geography or History GCSE.  At Key Stage 4 students have 2 lessons of Geography per week.  We follow the GCSE specification for Edexcel B Geography .  This course comprises of 4 distinct units.

Key Stage 5

At Key Stage 5 students will take 4 lessons of Geography per week.  The students complete the AS unit in one year, this can be kept as a discrete qualification. However the expectation is that students continue Geography into A2, if they do so, the grade that they achieved at AS level will comprise of 50% of their overall A2 grade.  We deliver the GCE A Level Edexcel specification.

Year group or Course title

AS/A2 Geography Assessment

The department follows the college policy for assessment..This includes fixed milestone assessments that use National curriculum levels for Key Stage 3, and exam grades at KS4/KS5. The latter assessments are usually past papers.

Equipment Needed All students should have their own pen, pencil, ruler, rubber and planner, which should be brought to all lessons. Planners are placed on desks for use.

Homework Homework is regularly set in Geography building up progressively from Year 7 and is part of the taught curriculum, in line with College homework policy. A variety of hwk types are set and not always written assignments. Students record their homework tasks in their College Planners. If students persistently forget hwk they will be kept in for a `break`/after school detention and depending on severity parents/mentors informed to bring about the necessary change.

Enrichment opportunities

The department is constantly thinking of ways to enrich our curriculum. Fieldwork is an important part of this and students should be able to access some outdoor education as part of their Geography course..from school based to coastal fieldwork depending on the level studied.