Introduction: The Geography curriculum at Laisterdyke College is designed to enthuse and empower pupils, giving them a broad flavour of the subject a...



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.

-            Ecotourism.

-            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

Natural   Hazards

-            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

-            Fieldtrip

Cold Environments

-            Glaciation,   Ice Ages

-            Glacial   features

-            Avalanches

-            Antarctica 

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.

-            Quarrying.

-             Industrial pollution

-            Global warming issues

-            Greenhouse effect.


-            Desert   environments

-            Rainforests

-            Local   ecosystems around Laisterdyke college

World Development

-            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

-          Revision Site

-          Geography Resources Website


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