Geography

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Students will learn about world-wide development and how it differs within countries from continent to continent. Lesson topics cover the weather and climate; rivers and coasts and their geographical features; ecosystems; migration; natural hazards like volcanos; population; and global health. Learn about the Geography curriculum and how homework is set in detail below:

Year 7

Development

Term 1 – Unit 1

Students explore what development means and develop an opinion of how fair the world is or isn’t…

Billionaires, Continents & Countries wealth, Middle East economic growth, Africa’s lack of development, standard of living vs quality of life and development levels within countries.

Assessment: Examination
Homework: Various homework’s are set to test knowledge and skills. A list of homework’s for the unit can be seen within the unit booklet and they are to be completed within the booklet themselves.
How to help: Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experiences that relate to this would be hugely beneficial. As would watching the news and discussing any events in the world that link to the unit for example how the Euro is becoming less powerful in 2015.

Weather & Climate

Term 1 – Unit 2

Students understand the difference between weather and climate and how these are formed and the impacts of them on people’s lives in particular hurricanes! Types of rainfall, Air pressure and air masses, Forecasting the weather and hurricanes.
Assessment: Examination
Homework: Various homework’s are set to test knowledge and skills. A list of homework’s for the unit can be seen within the unit booklet and they are to be completed within the booklet themselves.
How to help: Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experiences that relate to this would be hugely beneficial. As would watching the news and discussing any events in the world that link to the unit for example how the most recent hurricane affected the Philippines so badly.

Africa

Term 2 – Unit 3

Students investigate the continent of Africa and learn not only about its countries and their problems but also about its misconceptions and how or if, in the future, it could become a better place? Countries of Africa, Common misconceptions of Africa as a continent, Sudan’s problems and its future, the success story of Ghana, Technology and the Kenyan Massai.
Assessment: Extended essay
Homework: Various homework’s are set to test knowledge and skills. A list of homework’s for the unit can be seen within the unit booklet and they are to be completed within the booklet themselves.
How to help: Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experiences that relate to this would be hugely beneficial. As would watching the news and discussing any events in the world that link to the unit for example how and why Kenya is used as a training base for the military.

Orienteering

Term 2 – Unit 4

Students develop skills of orienteering using OS maps, they move from basic map skills to orienteering in the school to a session with military personal out and around the Bondu! OS map skills of the scale, key, compass and grid references, completing orienteering challenges, setting up their own orienteering route, Atlas skills.
Assessment: In the field, Skills
Homework: Various homework’s are set to test knowledge and skills. A list of homework’s for the unit can be seen within the unit booklet and they are to be completed within the booklet themselves.
How to help: Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experiences that relate to this would be hugely beneficial. As would watching the news and discussing any events in the world that link to the unit for example how you as adults use map skills in everyday life or at work in a specific way.

Cyprus

Term 3 – Unit 5

Students apply new and existing knowledge of Cyprus to understand its formation, physical features, population and economic reliance on tourism. Mapping Cyprus, Choropleth mapping Cyprus physical features, the formation of Cyprus, Climate and vegetation on the island, the distribution and density of populations, attractions of tourism.
Assessment: Leaflet to show physical and human aspects of our country
Homework: Various homework’s are set to test knowledge and skills. A list of homework’s for the unit can be seen within the unit booklet and they are to be completed within the booklet themselves.
How to help: Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experiences that relate to this would be hugely beneficial. As would watching the news and discussing any events in the world that link to the unit for example how you as a family see Cyprus and use its tourist features and point out places as you travel around the island.

Country Study

Term 3 – Unit 6

Students independently create, research and present information and idea about a country of their choice to include the skills and knowledge we have covered across the year. Creating geographical questions, ICT research skills, ICT presentation skills, presentation skills and speaking to a group, peer assessing work.
Assessment: Powerpoint presentation to the class
Homework: Various homework’s are set to test knowledge and skills. A list of homework’s for the unit can be seen within the unit booklet and they are to be completed within the booklet themselves.
How to help: Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experiences that relate to this would be hugely beneficial. As would watching the news and discussing any events in the world that link to the unit for example what you know about their chosen country and how you may go about research at home or within your job.

Year 8

Migration

Term 1 – Unit 1

Students analyse how migration occurs and the different effects it has on countries around the world formulating an opinion of the hot topic of migration… Types of migration, Economic migration, Voluntary migration, Forced migration, Migration and the UK, Multiculturalism.
Assessment: Creative writing
Homework: Various homework’s are set to test knowledge and skills. A list of homework’s for the unit can be seen within the unit booklet and they are to be completed within the booklet themselves.
How to help: Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experiences that relate to this would be hugely beneficial. As would watching the news and discussing any events in the world that link to the unit for example how migration has happened in your family within the UK and when posted or moving abroad.

Natural Hazards

Term 1 – Unit 2

Students create volcanic eruptions and write a report on their effects and management based on learning at the start of the unit about how and where they form. Tectonic plates, Ring of fire, Volcanic hazards, Mt St Helens, Responses to eruptions, prediction and prevention.
Assessment: Newspaper article
Homework: Various homework’s are set to test knowledge and skills. A list of homework’s for the unit can be seen within the unit booklet and they are to be completed within the booklet themselves.
How to help: Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experiences that relate to this would be hugely beneficial. As would watching the news and discussing any events in the world that link to the unit for example discussing the recent volcanoes of Chile erupting in 2015.

Retail

Term 1 – Unit 3

Students make judgments on how retail has changed, the effects this causes and the possible future of shopping… Global imports and exports, food miles, online shopping, child labour, the football industry, Fair trade, Environmental impacts of shopping.
Assessment: Examination
Homework: Various homework’s are set to test knowledge and skills. A list of homework’s for the unit can be seen within the unit booklet and they are to be completed within the booklet themselves.
How to help: Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experiences that relate to this would be hugely beneficial. As would watching the news and discussing any events in the world that link to the unit for example how you as a family shop for food, clothes online in store, fair trade etc.

Settlement

Term 1 – Unit 4

Students apply their newly gained knowledge of settlements to create their own 3D settlement model and explore how it can be mapped. Site and situation, changes over time, OS maps and settlements, settlement hierarchy, Land use models, sustainable design for the future.
Assessment: Diary, Exam
Homework: Various homework’s are set to test knowledge and skills. A list of homework’s for the unit can be seen within the unit booklet and they are to be completed within the booklet themselves.
How to help: Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experiences that relate to this would be hugely beneficial. As would watching the news and discussing any events in the world that link to the unit for example the different areas you have lived and how they are different to each other and how they change over time.

Rivers

Term 1 – Unit 5

Students go on a field trip to a local river to analyse its features and movement of water from source to mouth up in the Troodos mountains! Water cycle, Source to mouth, river features, geographical diagrams, geographical investigation planning and writing, primary data collection.
Assessment: Investigation report
Homework: Various homework’s are set to test knowledge and skills. A list of homework’s for the unit can be seen within the unit booklet and they are to be completed within the booklet themselves.
How to help: Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experiences that relate to this would be hugely beneficial. As would watching the news and discussing any events in the world that link to the unit for example any rivers you have lived near or visiting rivers in Cyprus if you are near them in the wet season.

Impossible places

Term 1 – Unit 6

Students are introduced to places in the world which seem impossible: A city in a desert, a floating city..? The skywalk, a thirsty cities; LA, Vegas and Dubai, the impossible city – Venice, abandoned places – Chernobyl and more, managing impossible places.
Assessment: Examination
Homework: Various homework’s are set to test knowledge and skills. A list of homework’s for the unit can be seen within the unit booklet and they are to be completed within the booklet themselves.
How to help: Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experiences that relate to this would be hugely beneficial. As would watching the news and discussing any events in the world that link to the unit for example any holidays you have been on as a family or when you were younger or with work that have seemed impossible without a lot of human management.

Year 9

Coasts

Term 1 – Unit 1

Students undertake a decision making exercise to understand the processes that happen at the coast and how they affect our lives. A coastal visit to our local beach makes the learning real…
Waves, Tide, Erosion, deposition, transportation, Longshoredrift, Bays & headlands, OS maps, ICT and our coast, coastal management techniques.
Assessment: Examination
Homework: Various homework’s are set to test knowledge and skills. A list of homework’s for the unit can be seen within the unit booklet and they are to be completed within the booklet themselves.
How to help: Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experiences that relate to this would be hugely beneficial. As would watching the news and discussing any events in the world that link to the unit for example when you see any engineering or landforms at the coast, ask your child how they were made or what they are used for…

Ecosystems

Term 1 – Unit 2

Students develop knowledge to allow a debate of different stakeholders in the rainforest. They make links between what locals need and what the global populations want to use the rainforest for. Climate, vegetation adaptations, uses of the rainforest for medicine and profit etc, deforestation, stakeholders such as tribes and business.
Assessment: Debate
Homework: Various homework’s are set to test knowledge and skills. A list of homework’s for the unit can be seen within the unit booklet and they are to be completed within the booklet themselves.
How to help: Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experiences that relate to this would be hugely beneficial. As would watching the news and discussing any events in the world that link to the unit for example discussing any issues that relate to rainforests or looking at nature documentaries on television.

Glacial Environments

Term 1 – Unit 3

Students interpret map, sounds, videos and photographs of this environment and sopt features and understand how they are made along with the issues of this environment being endangered by global warming and the effects this will have globally. Ice ages, glaciers, processes, landforms, glacial retreat, OS maps and glaciers, Cyprus and glacial melt, Global issues.
Assessment: Examination
Homework: Various homework’s are set to test knowledge and skills. A list of homework’s for the unit can be seen within the unit booklet and they are to be completed within the booklet themselves.
How to help: Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experiences that relate to this would be hugely beneficial. As would watching the news and discussing any events in the world that link to the unit for example if you visit Troodos or any other glacial area, look and talk about what the scenery looks like and question how it was made.

Tourism

Term 2 – Unit 4

Students discover the importance of the tourism industry and its effects on the populations that encounter it, deciding if they believe it can be sustainable for a place. Tourism, Thailand, Travel agents, sustainable holidays, employment, eco-tourism, community tourism. A trip to Protaras brings Geography to life during this unit.
Assessment: Examination
Homework: Various homework’s are set to test knowledge and skills. A list of homework’s for the unit can be seen within the unit booklet and they are to be completed within the booklet themselves.
How to help: Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experiences that relate to this would be hugely beneficial. As would watching the news and discussing any events in the world that link to the unit for example looking at photos of family holidays and discussing how the area was impacted by your holiday and if this was a positive or negative experience for the country as a whole?

Storms

Term 3 – Unit 5

Students assess the impacts of storms and how they are formed by physical factors around the world, with a particular focus on sand storms and their effects on Cyprus. Weather and climate, Coptic storms, Hurricanes, Tornadoes, effects of storms, responses to storms.
Assessment: Examination
Homework: Various homework’s are set to test knowledge and skills. A list of homework’s for the unit can be seen within the unit booklet and they are to be completed within the booklet themselves.
How to help: Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experiences that relate to this would be hugely beneficial. As would watching the news and discussing any events in the world that link to the unit for example any time a storm happens in Cyprus use the internet to see where it has originated and get your child to explain how they think it was formed.

Geographical Investigation

Term 3 – Unit 6

Students structure their own investigation into a country and look at elements of the country from all units we have studied in KS3 both physical & Human. The skywalk, a thirsty cities; LA, Vegas and Dubai, the impossible city – Venice, abandoned places – Chernobyl and more, managing impossible places.
Assessment: Presentation to class
Homework: Various homework’s are set to test knowledge and skills. A list of homework’s for the unit can be seen within the unit booklet and they are to be completed within the booklet themselves.
How to help: Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experiences that relate to this would be hugely beneficial. As would watching the news and discussing any events in the world that link to the unit for example repeatedly looking at your child’s project and asking them questions about their chosen country trying to stimulate more areas that they want to research.

Year 10

New GCSE

 

Specification

Edexcel B – 1GB

Content

Hazardous Earth

Climate

Coastal Change & Conflict

UK Environments

Rivers Processess & Pressures

Challenge of Urbanising World

Development Dynamics

Optional Unit (People, Forests or Energy)

Assessment:

Component 1: Global Geographical Issues – Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes 37.5% Component 2: UK Geographical Issues –  Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes 37.5%

Component 3: People and Environment Issues – Making Geographical Decisions – Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes 25%

Homework:

All homework is within students unit booklets. It is set after every lesson in the form of exam practice questions which are marked and reflected upon.

How to Help:

Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experiences that relate to this would be hugely beneficial. As would watching the news and discussing any events in the world that link to the unit for example repeatedly looking at your child’s homework booklet and asking them questions about it would be helpful. Use the revision guide students receive  in Y11 to help discuss topics with your child.

A -Level

Year 12 OCR New Course

 SpecificationOCR – H481
Content – Y12

Migration

Dry Landscapes

Power & Borders

Earths Life Support Systems

Changing Places, Changing Spaces

Content – Y13

Place – Space

Natural Hazards

 

 

Assessment:

Physical systems (01) 22% 1 hour 30 minute written paper

Human interactions (02) 22%  1 hour 30 minute written paper

Geographical debates (03) 36% 2 hours 30 minute written paper

Investigative geography (04/05) 20% Non-examination assessment (NEA)

Homework:

All homework is in the form of exam practice questions which are marked and reflected upon.

How to Help:

Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experiences that relate to this would be hugely beneficial. As would watching the news and discussing any events in the world that link to the unit for example repeatedly looking at your child’s homework booklet and asking them questions about it would be helpful.