Curriculum Journey

This is a map to show the learning journey in Geography from year 6 through to further education and possible careers.

Colne Geography Curriculum Journey 2021-2022.pdf

Overview of the learning journey in Geography

Year 7

Students begin to look at the qualities required be a good geographer. We look at the topics; where in the world am I and physical landscapes in the UK. This aims to develop the sense of place, locational knowledge and the concept of scale. We continue to develop awe and wonder of our changing planet as we explore natural hazards around the world and address misconceptions of Africa. We then explore globalisation through the journey of a US one-dollar bill and finally look at the opportunities and challenges the UK face.

Knowledge Organisers for Year 7

These are the knowledge organiser used by students in lessons to support the learning and retrieval of key information.

Year 8

Students build upon the key concepts developed in year 7, first looking at the physical and human characteristics of Brazil, focusing on the Amazon Rainforest and Rio de Janeiro. We then challenge student’s perceptions of inequality, exploring the different economic development of countries around the world. We continue our focus on physical Geography, looking at UK’s weather systems and extreme weather events. Our second half of spring term bring students exploring if countries can be prisoners of their own Geography, developed further looking at Russia’s Geography and its impact upon its development. We finish Year 8 looking at the physical systems of rivers and glaciation in the UK.

Knowledge Organisers for Year 8

These are the knowledge organiser used by students in lessons to support the learning and retrieval of key information.

Year 9

Students explore three large units throughout this year. We explore both human and physical geography and their interactions as we explore the topic of political superpowers in our autumn term. This topic’s journey focuses on a countries such as the USA, China, Australia and India and their complex relationships with countries around the world. Spring aims to get students to explore key global issues and justify which they believe to be the most significant. Our key global issues include population pressures, plastic pollution, habitat destruction and global inequalities in healthcare. Throughout the summer term we look into resources (food, water and energy); both in the UK and a wider world. Students explore the availability, impacts to the environment and sustainability management of these resources.

Knowledge Organisers for Year 9

These are the knowledge organiser used by students in lessons to support the learning and retrieval of key information.

Year 10

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. 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. We then explore river and coastal landscapes in the summer term which links to our physical fieldwork of coastal management at Walton-on-the-Naze.

Year 11

We explore Paper 2’s key topics; urban issues and challenges, economic development and resource management whilst interleaving revision strategies to assist students recall. Urban issues and challenges looks into comparing megacities; with a focus on how rapid development can present both opportunities and challenges. The topic of economic development explores wealth of different countries and how this can impact quality of life. Nigeria and London are used as two contrasting case studies throughout this year and we link this to our human fieldwork. We recall our Year 9 knowledge on resource management 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 the pre-release and geographical skills which are embedded across all three papers. Our aim is for all for students to leave Geography as 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.

Paper 1

Paper 2