Geography Key Stage 4

Year 10 Geography: five sessions per two weeks.

Autumn Term (September – December) – UK Landscapes: Rivers and Glaciers

Students will be introduced to the structure of drainage basins and rivers. Students will develop an understanding of the physical processes of erosion, transportation, weathering and deposition, and apply this to the formation and structure of a range of physical river landforms. Students will study features in the upper, middle and lower course of the river. Geographical key skills will also be both introduced and developed, as students will analyse a range of sources such as maps, photographs and hydrographs.

Students will also investigate flood events in and how the events can be managed to reduce future risk.

Students will understand the formation and movement of glaciers, and place this within the greater context of ice ages. Students will also investigate the formation of glacial features, from both erosion and deposition. Students will be able to use exemplars to describe and explain the formation of features of erosion such as corries and deposition e.g. drumlins.

Students will also investigate the impact of tourism in this area, by studying the impact of tourism upon The Lake District National Park.

Spring Term (January – April) – Resources

Students study the current and future demands of resources, Students will complete an overview of water, energy and food and then specialise in food, where the management of food insecurity in Spain and Bangladesh

Summer Term (May – June) – Ecosystems

Students will study the inter-relationships between living and non-living elements of an area. Students study tropical rainforests and cold environments.

Field work element.

Year 11 Geography: five sessions per two weeks.

Autumn Term (October – December) – Urban Issues and Challenges

Students will study the growth of urban areas in low income countries and high income countries. A city study in a low income country and high income country.

Spring Term (January – March) – Changing Economic World 

Students study contrasts in economic development. Students understand how development is measured, and recognise causes and consequences of uneven development. Students will study disparities of development in a high income country and low income country.

Summer Term (March – June) – The Living World

A study of the world’s ecosystems. Case study of a tropical rainforest (Costa Rica) and a cold environment (Alaska). Students will study the adaptation of vegetation and animals to the soil and climate. Students study challenges and opportunities in the tropical and cold environments, and how they are managed.

Students will also begin in-class structured and personalised revision during the later stages of their GCSE course.

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