Geography

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Year 7

Geography is all about understanding the world around us.  In Year 7 we will identify the different landforms that develop along our coastline and investigate the processes that are responsible for them.  Later on in the year we will be researching the physical and human geography of Japan and making comparisons to Wales.  Finally, we will be developing and improving our Ordnance Survey and atlas map skills.

 

Term

Module

Key Task

Autumn

What are the features of my local area?

Written presentation:

“What are the main geographical features of your study area?”

 Sketch map of local area

Spring

How are landscapes interpreted and understood?

Test: Mapskills

 End of year exam: Mapskills

 Class debate [and write-up]:

“Should a windfarm be built at Nant Y Moch?”

Summer

Should Japan continue to generate Nuclear energy?

Data presentation and analysis: “How do the climates of Japan and the UK compare?”

 Infographic poster:

“What were the effects of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan?”

 Persuasive letter:

“Should Japan continue to generate nuclear energy?”

Year 8

Geography is all about understanding the world around us.  In Year 8 we will investigate different settlements and find out how they are changing.  You will research into how and why your home settlement has changed over the past 15-20 years. Later we will be investigating weather, climate and climatic hazards such as hurricanes. Finally, we will visit natural environments such as the Tropical Rainforests with a particular focus on how they should be developed sustainably.

Term

Module

Key Task

Autumn

What are the characteristics of my local area? 

Written introduction:

“What are the main geographical features of your home area?”

 

Annotated map:

“What are the main geographical features of my home area?”

 

Conclusion and evaluation

“How does my settlement compare with other local settlements?”

Spring

What are the challenges and opportunities for global development? 

Data presentation and analysis:

“How do the population structures of the UK and Kenya compare?”

Balanced discussion: 

“Can slum societies ever be sustainable?”

Class debate [and write-up]:

“What are the challenges and opportunities of life in slums?”

 

Summer

What makes the tropical rainforest unique? 

Annotated diagram:

“What is the structure of the tropical rainforest?”

 

Balanced discussion:

“How could our use of the rainforest be made more sustainable?” 

 

End of year exam: Ecosystems

Year 9

Geography is all about understanding the world around us.  In Year 9 we will be investigating the causes and impacts of tectonic hazards that occur in different places around the world. Later, we will be enquiring about the nature of the world’s population in terms of size, growth, distribution, density and movement.  We will investigate living conditions in less developed countries such as Kenya. Finally, we will be researching and presenting the type and nature of tourism in a country of your choice. 

Term

Module

Key Task

Autumn

Can tectonic disasters ever be prevented?

Newspaper article discussion:

“Could the disaster in [location] have been prevented?”

Spring

What are the challenges and opportunities for global development? 

Data presentation and analysis:

“How do the population structures of the UK and Kenya compare?”

Balanced discussion: 

“Can slum societies ever be sustainable?”

Class debate [and write-up]:

“What are the challenges and opportunities of life in slums?”

Summer

What are the characteristics of the global tourist industry?

Class debate: 
“Should skiing be allowed to continue in this Alpine landscape?”

Advertisement poster:

“What are the main attractions in a particular tourist resort? 

Year 10

WJEC GCSE Geography adopts an enquiry approach to the study of geographical information, issues and concepts. It is based on the principle that geographical education should enable learners to become critical and reflective thinkers by engaging them actively in the enquiry process. Content is organised around key questions and learners should be encouraged to pose geographical questions of their own.

The full programme of study is outlined below: 

WJEC GCSE Geography

% of GCSE

Exam

Teaching times

Unit 1

Changing Physical and Human Landscapes

40%

1hr30

Y10

Unit 2

Environmental and Development Issues

40%

1hr 30

Y11

Unit 3

Fieldwork enquiry

 

20%

CA

Y11

 

Unit 1: Changing Physical and Human Landscapes

The core themes assessed in this unit are:

  • Landscapes and physical processes
  • Distinctive landscapes in Wales
  • Landform processes and change in the UK
  • Rural-urban links
  • The links between rural and urban areas in Wales
  • Population and urban change in the UK
  • Issues in contrasting global cities

All students will study these two themes. The students will also study one of the following topics:

  • Tectonic processes and landforms
  • Coastal hazards and their management

This unit is 40% of the GCSE and is examined in the summer of Year 11.

 

Useful links

http://resources.wjec.co.uk

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

https://www.echalk.co.uk/

http://www.sln.org.uk/geography/

http://www.internetgeography.net/

 

If you need any further support please contact Mr D. Johnson at the School.

 

Year 11

During Year 10 students will have studied Unit 1: Changing Physical and Human Landscapes and this unit will be examined at the end of Year 11. It is important to note that Unit 1 is worth 40% of the final award and it is therefore vital that students revise thoroughly for this unit in the run up to the summer exams.

During Year 11 students will study the following units:

 

% of GCSE

Exam

Teaching times

Unit 2

Environmental and Development Issues

40%

1hr 30

Y11

Unit 3

Fieldwork enquiry

20%

CA

October-November

 

Unit 2: Environmental and Development Issues

The core themes assessed in this unit are:

  • Weather, climate and ecosystems
  • Climate change
  • Weather patterns and processes
  • The processes and interactions within ecosystems
  • The impact of human activity on ecosystems
  • Development
  • Measuring global inequalities
  • Causes and consequences of uneven development
  • Water resources and their management
  • Regional economic development

All students will study these two themes. The students will also study one of the following topics:

  • Social development issues
  • Environmental challenges

 

Unit 3: Fieldwork enquiry

Students will complete an enquiry based on fieldwork worth 20% of the GCSE qualification. This will be completed as a controlled assessment under exam conditions.

WJEC GCSE Geography adopts an enquiry approach to the study of geographical information, issues and concepts. It is based on the principle that geographical education should enable learners to become critical and reflective thinkers by engaging them actively in the enquiry process. Content is organised around key questions and learners should be encouraged to pose geographical questions of their own.

 

Useful links:

http://resources.wjec.co.uk

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

https://www.echalk.co.uk/

http://www.sln.org.uk/geography/

http://www.internetgeography.net/