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Geography

Geography is the tapestry that weaves the world together

Geography is the study of the wider world to gain a greater understanding of the world we live in, how humans shape that environment, and how the environment shapes human progress. Essential skills are taught throughout the course which are needed in any workplace. For example, source analysis, identifying and explaining, map skills, field study skills, writing balanced views and supporting points with a range of knowledge. A GCSE in geography is advantageous to any future career path, in particular those that involve problem-solving, analysis and scientific research.

Students will sit three GCSE exams at the end of year 11 to determine their overall grade. The GCSE geography content comprises the following elements: The challenge of natural hazards, the living world, physical landscapes in the UK, Geographical skills, urban issues and challenges, the changing economic world, the challenge of resource management and fieldwork. Students will be assessed by completing two papers which are 1 hour 30 minutes, worth 35% each of GCSE, on physical landscapes and human geography. The third paper test field study skills and is 1 hour and 15 minutes worth 30% of the GCSE.

For any further information regarding the geography offer at Leeds East Academy, please contact the Head of Humanities: speight.v@whiteroseacademies.org

Courses in Geography

KS4 Students will be offered the following course:

  • GCSE Geography (AQA)

KS3 Curriculum Breakdown

Year 7 and 8

Half Term

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Assessment

 

Autumn 1

Year 7

Our Place in Space

AO1- Knowledge of local area, places, processes, environments and different scales.

AO2- Geographical understanding of concepts such as scale, physical, political.

AO3- Apply knowledge and understanding to interpret, analyse and evaluate geographical information and issues to make judgements.

 

GCSE style assessment to be completed in exam conditions in lessons

Autumn 1

Year 8

Natural Hazards

AO1- Knowledge of tectonic plate areas, places, processes, environments.

AO2- Geographical understanding of concepts such as volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, long term factors and short term factors.

AO3- Apply knowledge and understanding to interpret, analyse and evaluate geographical information and issues to make judgements.

GCSE style assessment to be completed in exam conditions in lessons

Autumn 2

Year 7

Map Skills /Scale

AO1- Knowledge of local area, places, processes, environments and different scales.

AO2- Geographical understanding of concepts such as scale, physical, political.

AO3- Apply knowledge and understanding to interpret, analyse and evaluate geographical information and issues to make judgements.

 

Mini – assessments and STAR marking

Autumn 2

Year 8

Natural Hazards

AO1- Knowledge of tectonic plate areas, places, processes, environments.

AO2- Geographical understanding of concepts such as hurricanes, case studies, weather patterns, climate.

AO3- Apply knowledge and understanding to interpret, analyse and evaluate geographical information and issues to make judgements.

Mini – assessments and STAR marking

 

 

 

 

 

Spring 1

Year 7

Extreme Environments.

AO1- Knowledge of extreme environmental areas, places, processes, environments.

AO2- Geographical understanding of concepts such as hot deserts, cold climates.

AO3- Apply knowledge and understanding to interpret, analyse and evaluate geographical information and issues to make judgements.

GCSE style assessment to be completed in exam conditions in lessons

Spring 1

Year 8

Geography of the Americas

AO1- Knowledge of physical and political features of North America, places, processes, environments.

AO2- Geographical understanding of concepts such as weathering, erosion, impact of tourism.

AO3- Apply knowledge and understanding to interpret, analyse and evaluate geographical information and issues to make judgements.

GCSE style assessment to be completed in exam conditions in lessons

 

 

Spring 2

Year 7

Amazing Places.

AO1- Knowledge of rainforests, deserts, places, processes, environments.

AO2- Geographical understanding of concepts such as deforestation, LICs, HICs, management of deserts.

AO3- Apply knowledge and understanding to interpret, analyse and evaluate geographical information and issues to make judgements.

Mini – assessments and STAR marking

Spring 2

Year 8

Geography of the Americas

AO1- Knowledge of physical and political features of South America, places, processes, environments.

AO2- Geographical understanding of concepts such as deforestation, erosion, impact of tourism, mining.

AO3- Apply knowledge and understanding to interpret, analyse and evaluate geographical information and issues to make judgements.

Mini – assessments and STAR marking

 

 

 

 

 

Summer 1

Year 7

Water

AO1- Knowledge of water security, uses of water, solutions to water insecurity, political, social environmental impacts.

AO2- Geographical understanding of concepts such as water stress, development, hard engineering, soft engineering.

AO3- Apply knowledge and understanding to interpret, analyse and evaluate geographical information and issues to make judgements.

GCSE style assessment to be completed in exam conditions in lessons

Summer 1

Year 8

Field Study

AO3- Apply knowledge and understanding to interpret, analyse and evaluate geographical information and issues to make judgements. Concerning a local human study of Seacroft.

AO4- Select, adapt and use a variety of skills and techniques to investigate questions and issues and communicate findings. Such as graph skills, hypothesis and predictions, evaluating data, interpreting data.

GCSE style assessment to be completed in exam conditions in lessons

 

Summer 2

Year 7

Revision and Exam

Revision of all topics completed this year. Summative assessment.

End of year assessment covering all topics completed in exam conditions in the hall

Summer 2

Year 8

Revision and Exam

Revision of all topics completed this year. Summative assessment.

End of year assessment covering all topics completed in exam conditions in the hall

KS4 Curriculum Breakdown

Year 9 and 10

Half Term

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Assessment

 

Autumn 1

Year 9

Tectonic Hazards and weather hazards

AO1- Knowledge of locations, places, processes, environments and different scales.

AO2- Geographical understanding of concepts and how they are used in relation to places, environments and processes.

AO3- Apply knowledge and understanding to interpret, analyse and evaluate geographical information and issues to make judgements.

Mock GCSE exams to take place in exam conditions

Autumn 1

Year 10

Rivers

River course, river processes, erosion, transportation, deposition.

AO1- Knowledge of locations, places, processes, environments and different scales.

AO2- Geographical understanding of concepts and how they are used in relation to places, environments and processes.

AO3- Apply knowledge and understanding to interpret, analyse and evaluate geographical information and issues to make judgements.

Mock GCSE exams to take place in exam conditions

 

Autumn 2

Year 9

Living World Eco Systems

 

Tropical Rain forests, eco –systems.

 

AO1- Knowledge of locations, places, processes, environments and different scales.

AO2- Geographical understanding of concepts and how they are used in relation to places, environments and processes.

AO3- Apply knowledge and understanding to interpret, analyse and evaluate geographical information and issues to make judgements.

Mock GCSE exams to take place in exam conditions

Autumn 2

Year 10

Coasts

Coastal processes, erosion, weathering, management of coast lines.

 

AO1- Knowledge of locations, places, processes, environments and different scales.

AO2- Geographical understanding of concepts and how they are used in relation to places, environments and processes.

AO3- Apply knowledge and understanding to interpret, analyse and evaluate geographical information and issues to make judgements.

 

Mock GCSE exams to take place in exam conditions

 

 

 

 

 

Spring 1

Year 9

The Living World

Hot Deserts, challenges, opportunities, management of.

AO1- Knowledge of locations, places, processes, environments and different scales.

AO2- Geographical understanding of concepts and how they are used in relation to places, environments and processes.

AO3- Apply knowledge and understanding to interpret, analyse and evaluate geographical information and issues to make judgements.

Mock GCSE exams to take place in exam conditions

Spring 1

Year 10

Challenges in the Human Environment.

Urban Issues and Challenges. The changing economic world

AO1- Knowledge of locations, places, processes, environments and different scales.

AO2- Geographical understanding of concepts and how they are used in relation to places, environments and processes.

AO3- Apply knowledge and understanding to interpret, analyse and evaluate geographical information and issues to make judgements.

Mock GCSE exams to take place in exam conditions

 

 

Spring 2

Year 9

Physical Landscapes in the UK. Coasts

Coastal processes, erosion, weathering, management of coast lines.

AO1- Knowledge of locations, places, processes, environments and different scales.

AO2- Geographical understanding of concepts and how they are used in relation to places, environments and processes.

AO3- Apply knowledge and understanding to interpret, analyse and evaluate geographical information and issues to make judgements.

Mock GCSE exams to take place in exam conditions

Spring 2

Year 10

Field Study

Geographical applications, field work techniques, geographical enquiries.

 

AO3- Apply knowledge and understanding to interpret, analyse and evaluate geographical information and issues to make judgements.

AO4- Select, adapt and use a variety of skills and techniques to investigate questions and issues and communicate findings.

Mock GCSE exams to take place in exam conditions

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer 1

Year 9

Field Study Techniques.

Geographical applications, field work techniques, geographical enquiries.

 

AO3- Apply knowledge and understanding to interpret, analyse and evaluate geographical information and issues to make judgements.

AO4- Select, adapt and use a variety of skills and techniques to investigate questions and issues and communicate findings.

Mock GCSE exams to take place in exam conditions

Summer 1

Year 10

Field Study

Geographical applications, field work techniques, geographical enquiries.

 

AO3- Apply knowledge and understanding to interpret, analyse and evaluate geographical information and issues to make judgements.

AO4- Select, adapt and use a variety of skills and techniques to investigate questions and issues and communicate findings.

Mock GCSE exams to take place in exam conditions

 Summer 2

Year 9

Revision and End of year Exam

Revision of all topics completed this year. Summative assessment.

Mock GCSE exams to take place in exam conditions

Summer 2

Year 10

Revision and End of Year Exam.

Revision of all topics completed this year. Summative assessment.

Mock GCSE exams to take place in exam conditions

Year 11

Half Term

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Assessment

 

Autumn 1

Fieldwork.

Geographical applications, field work techniques, geographical enquiries.

 

AO3- Apply knowledge and understanding to interpret, analyse and evaluate geographical information and issues to make judgements.

AO4- Select, adapt and use a variety of skills and techniques to investigate questions and issues and communicate findings.

Mock GCSE exams to take place in exam conditions

 

Autumn 2

Challenge of resource management.

Issues of water, distribution, scarcity, water stress, water insecurity, case studies, hard engineering, soft engineering.

 

AO1- Knowledge of locations, places, processes, environments and different scales.

AO2- Geographical understanding of concepts and how they are used in relation to places, environments and processes.

AO3- Apply knowledge and understanding to interpret, analyse and evaluate geographical information and issues to make judgements.

Mini – assessments on number take place through the half term in lessons

 

 

 

 

 

Spring 1

Issue Evaluation

AO1- Knowledge of locations, places, processes, environments and different scales.

AO2- Geographical understanding of concepts and how they are used in relation to places, environments and processes.

AO3- Apply knowledge and understanding to interpret, analyse and evaluate geographical information and issues to make judgements.

Mock GCSE exams to take place in exam conditions

Spring 2

Revision

 

Mini – assessments on number take place through the half term in lessons

 

 

 

 

Summer 1

Revision

 

GCSE examination period begins

 Term by Term Schemes of Work

Geography Schemes of Work KS3
Geography Schemes of Work KS4