Geography

Term 1
Key Learning Objectives In the first term of Year 9 learners will study rivers and population. They will investigate sections and features of a river as well as processes before considering how and why populations change through time and globally.
Key Activities / Homework’s Learners will locate the world’s major rivers and well as perform fieldwork on site to investigate the how humans impact the water cycle and increase the risk of flooding. Patterns of population distribution will be studied as well as an investigation into anti natal policy such as Chinas One Child policy and pro-natal schemes like those established in France and Denmark
Assessments GCSE past paper questions marked with rigour by existing GCSE examiners- Foundation tier. Ongoing formative assessment over the term
Suggest reading & support materials Geography by its very nature is a contemporary subject so learners need to watch the popular press for stories that frequently present themselves. A visit to a local river would help learners contextualise their classroom experiences.

 

Term 2
Key Learning Objectives Learners will study Ecosystems with a focus on cold/glacial environments in the first half term before looking at Urbanisation in a global context in the second half term.
Key Activities / Homework Like in the other units, the topic will be contextualised by locating and describing the world’s major ecosystems, we will then try understanding them by exploring the processes and human activity that takes place in them before applying our understanding to Antarctica as a case study. In Urbanisation we will contextualise the processes by exploring the global location of urban hubs before understanding the reasons for urbanisation in less economically developed countries and exploring the reasons for counter Urbanisation in more economically developed countries. We will then apply our understanding to Indian and UK cities
Assessments GCSE past paper questions marked with rigour by existing GCSE examiners- Foundation tier. Ongoing formative assessment over the term
Suggest reading & support materials Geography by its very nature is a contemporary subject so learners need to watch the popular press for stories that frequently present themselves. Learners could be encouraged to watch wildlife programmes and asked to consider there contrasting settings

 

Term 3
Key Learning Objectives In the Summer term we will return to the national scale and study UK issues before finishing the year with a unit on Brazil, Rio and the Olympics
Key Activities / Homework Each week in half term one will focus on an issue, which impacts the UK, for example the closure of heavy industry and its impact on the community, the controversy around wind farms and decisions around coastal defences. In the Brazil unit we will contextualise our thinking by looking at Brazil and then Rio’s place in the world, we will then look at the positive and negative impact of the Olympics on its people before completing a series of country studies on competing nations
Assessments GCSE past paper questions marked with rigour by existing GCSE examiners- Foundation tier. Ongoing formative assessment over the term
Suggest reading & support materials Geography by its very nature is a contemporary subject so learners need to watch the popular press for stories that frequently present themselves