This is a map to show the learning journey in Geography from year 6 through to further education and possible careers.
Overview of the learning journey in Geography
At the start of Year 9 students explore both human and physical geography and their interactions as we explore the topic of ‘Forbidden Geography’ in our autumn term. This topic’s journey focuses on how technology in Geography can be used to understand the world around us. Leading up to Christmas students will then consider the importance and significance of river systems globally. In the spring we move on to discuss the complex relationships between physical and human Geography in the countries of Asia before evaluating the key global issue of sustainability. Throughout the summer term we explore further global issues and investigate the impact of crime and conflict, both locally and globally.
Students explore the topics of natural hazards, living world and physical landscapes in the UK. Initially, students will learn the mechanics behind plate boundaries and their links to tectonic hazards. This topic continues to learn about extreme weather and climate change. Next we switch to urban issues and challenges and look into comparing megacities; with a focus on how rapid urban development can present both opportunities and challenges. Our “Living World” topic explores the Malaysian Rainforest and the Thar Desert, which develops student’s knowledge on adaptations along with methods to evaluate sustainable options to manage these fragile environments. Finally, coastal landscapes in the summer term which links to our physical fieldwork of coastal management at Walton-on-the-Naze.
We explore Paper 2’s key topics of economic development, focusing on wealth and how this can impact quality of life in contrasting locations. Nigeria and the UK are used as the case studies throughout this year and we link this to our human fieldwork. We finalise our topics with resource management and then rivers (paper 1) whilst interleaving revision strategies to assist students recall. We recall our Year 10 knowledge on tectonics, weather, Urbanisation, economy and UK landscapes whilst exploring key case studies linking to AQA GCSE. This highlights the inequalities of our global resources and how we can sustainably manage them. Our final focus looks at Paper 3’s pre-release and geographical skills which are embedded across all three papers. Our aim is for all students to leave Geography as a confident global citizen who is passionate about the world around them
Knowledge Organisers for GCSE
These are the knowledge organiser used by students in lessons to support the learning and retrieval of key information.