Introduction: The Geography curriculum at Laisterdyke College is designed to enthuse and empower pupils, giving them a broad flavour of the subject and encouraging them to be self-motivated and forward-thinking learners. We believe that pupils’ learning should be relevant, conceptual and based on the principals of enquiry, problem solving and decision making. These skills are crucial in preparing pupils for the demands of GCSE level learning and in their futures beyond Laisterdyke Leadership Academy. We promote and encourage the highest standards in Geography and lead pupils to become responsible global citizens.
Topics Taught in Year 7
What is Geography about?
- Map Skills- OS Maps
- Measuring scale, direction.
- Difference between human and physical geography
- Benefits and problems of tourisms.
- Tourism in different countries.
- Mass tourism.
- UK tourism.
- Global tourism
- Geography of Kenya.
- Squatter settlements in Nairobi.
- Tourism – Safari.
- Maasia Mara.
Rivers and Flooding
- Key features of rivers- waterfalls, meanders and ox-bow lakes.
- Flooding in Bangladesh and Boscastle.
- Fieldwork trip on measuring rivers long profile- Ingleton North Yorkshire
Topics Taught in Year 8
- Impacts of earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunami’s
- Long and short term effects of natural disasters.
- Plan, protect and prepare for natural disasters.
Population, Settlement and Urbanisation.
- Population distribution
- Controlling population growth- Chinas one child policy
- Settlement hierarchies, out of town shopping centres
- Push and pull factors leading to rural to urban migration
- Glaciation, Ice Ages
- Glacial features
Weather and Climate
- Different types of rainfall
- Different types of clouds
- Microclimate study
- Weather symbols
- Presenting your own weather forecast.
Topics Taught in Year 9
- Coastal erosional features.
- Depositional features
- Coastal management strategies.
Resources and the environment.
- Endangered species and their protection.
- Industrial pollution
- Global warming issues
- Greenhouse effect.
- Desert environments
- Local ecosystems around Laisterdyke college
- Inequalities around the globe
- Human development index
- Difference between developing and developed countries
Course Overview: AQA Geography Specification A
Pupils follow the AQA Geography Specification A syllabus. Geography GSCE is taught over 2 years. Pupils complete two written exams and a controlled assessment. Topics studied include Living World, Coasts, Water on Land and Development
Pupils will develop skills in analysing and evaluating geographical data, sources and maps. They will study different modules in Geography in order to give them a broad aspect about all global issues arising in today’s world. Pupils will be able to explain and justify their own interpretations and others views in a clearly and effect way.
Assessment (Controlled Assessment 25%, Exam 75%)
Controlled assessment for GCSE Geography is a fieldwork project which is a 2500 word assignment. This involves collecting data out in the field based on the tourism topic. Past fieldwork trips have been to Skipton and Mappleton.
Paper 1- Living World, Water on Land and Coasts, which is a 1 ½ hour paper
Paper 2- Development, Population and Globalisation, which is a 1 ½ hour paper.
Parent and child home learning opportunities :
- BBC GCSE Bitesize http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/geography/
- Revision Site http://www.s-cool.co.uk/gcse/geography
- Geography Resources Website http://www.georesources.co.uk/indexgcse.htm