Waterhead Academy

Geography

Curriculum Intent:

The Geography Department aims to provide a high-quality, coherent and progressive curriculum that will alight geographical imaginations and inspire students to be inquisitive and passionate geographers, now and for the rest of their lives. Teaching should equip students with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, to provide a fascination for our world, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As students’ progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. We aim to ensure geographical knowledge, understanding and skills are secured over time to provide the framework and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features, at different scales, are shaped, interconnected and change over time, and ultimately, so that students are supported to be the best geographers that they can be.

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YEAR 7

 

 

HT1

HT2

HT3

HT4

HT5

HT6

 

Unit 1

Unit 2

Unit 3

 

Unit 4

Year 7

Introduction to our World Fantastic Places

Fantastic Places (continents/oceans/human & physical)

Deciduous Woodland Ecosystem

 

Introduction to our World

UK’s Distinctive Landforms

Countries of the world

Distinctive Landforms of the UK

Types of rocks & erosion

Population distribution of the UK

OS map skills

River Landscapes

Long profile

Weathering

River processes: erosion/ transport/ deposition

River landforms: erosional and depositional

Flooding

River management (hard and soft engineering)

China

Location

Physical features

Population & policies

Diverse culture

Emergence of megacities

One Child Policy (DME)

Pole to Pole: Extreme Environments

Arctic/ Antarctica:

Location

Physical features

Climate

Adaptations (flora and fauna)

Tourism

Pole to Pole: Extreme Environments

Evidence for, and effects of climate change

Fieldwork Skills

Plastic pollution (Environmental Issue)

Endangered Species

24 Lessons

12 Lessons

12 Lessons

24 Lessons

YEAR 8

 

 

Unit 5

 

Unit 6

 

Unit 7

 

Unit 8

 

Unit 9

 

Year 8

Coastal Landscapes

Processes which shape the coastline: weathering, coastal erosion, transport and deposition

Coastal landforms: erosional and depositional

Coastal management: hard and soft engineering

Global Development: Do HICs aid or hinder development?

Levels of development

Development Indicators

Development Gap

Strategies: aid, fair trade, tourism

TNCs

Industry Sectors (DME)

Crime

Middle East – Opportunities and Challenges: the Heroin Trail

Russia

Crime at different scales

 

Africa

Location

Human and Physical features

Climate

Biomes

Development Challenges – slums, Blood Diamonds, famine

Reasons for uneven development

Africa

Hot Desert Biome

Location of major deserts

Plant and Animal adaptations

Challenges and Opportunities

Human Impact (desertification)

Extreme Weather

Causes and effects of extreme weather

UK impact of extreme weather

Global impact: tropical storms

Case Study: Typhoon Haiyan

Microclimate of WHA (fieldwork)

12 Lessons

12 Lessons

12 Lessons

24 Lessons

12 Lessons

 

YEAR 9

 

 

Unit 10

 

Unit 11

 

Unit 1

Unit 13

Year 9

Climate Change

Evidence for Climate Change

Physical Causes

Human Causes

Effects of Climate Change

Management (adaptation and mitigation)

Tectonic Hazards

History of the Earth

Geological Time Scale

Evolution

Plate Tectonics Theory

Continental Drift

Earthquakes

Volcanoes

Management

Resource Management:

Global Distribution of Resources (food, water, energy).

Importance of Resources

Demand on Resources: surplus and deficit

UK changing energy mix and consumption.

Advantages and disadvantages of fracking (fossil fuel extraction).

South America

Location

Levels of development

Introduction to Brazil (NEE)

Rio de Janeiro: challenges and opportunities.

South America

Tropical Rainforest Biome

Location/distribution

Biodiversity:

Vegetation (structure and adaptations)

Animals

Human Impacts – Indigenous Tribes, deforestation (causes & consequences)

Sustainable development: ecotourism, selective logging

18 Lessons

18 Lessons

12 Lessons

24 Lessons

Year 10

 

Year 10

The Changing Economic World

Global Variations  in economic development

Causes of uneven development

Strategies to reduce the development gap e.g. tourism and aid

The Changing Economic World

NEE: India

Changing UK economy 

Coastal Landscapes in the UK

UK’s diverse landscape

Coastal Landscapes 

River Landscapes in the UK

UK’s diverse landscape

River Landscapes 

Urban Issues and Challenges

Global pattern of urban change

Opportunities and challenges in NEEs and LICs (Mumbai) economy 

Urban Issues and Challenges

Urban change in the UK (Manchester)

Urban Sustainability (BedZed)

Fieldwork/ Issue Evaluation

Fieldwork – Salford Quays

Issue Evaluation/ Skills 

27 Lessons

15 Lessons

15 Lessons

15 Lessons

Year 11 

 

Year 11

The Challenge of Natural Hazards  

 Natural Hazards

Tectonic Hazards

Weather Hazards

Climate Change

 

The Living World

Ecosystems

Local pond

Major Biomes

Tropical Rainforests

Hot Desert

The Challenge of Resource Management

Global water, food and     energy supply

UK water, food and energy supply

Energy 

Fieldwork/ Skills/ Revision

Exam Technique

KOs and Retrieval Grids

Issue Evaluation (March)

Strinesdale fieldwork 

Recall/Exam Practice

 

30 Lessons

30 Lessons

15 Lessons

6 Lessons