Students begin by learning the fundamental geographical skills which are needed throughout the entire geography course. They learn to use map skills through the topic of rivers. This gives them the skills to go on to explore the African continent, with an overview of the diversity of its physical and human geography and specific country studies. The final topic of year 7 looks at weather and climate and how this can determine different environments. This topic includes a fieldwork study of microclimates around the school.
In Year 8, students begin to develop their conceptual understanding through the concepts of development and sustainability. These concepts underpin all topics in Geography and allow students to develop a deep understanding of the subject. Students study development and population across the world through several different case studies. They then learn about tectonic hazards, looking into specific recent events, drawing on knowledge from the development topic to analyse impacts. Students also investigate the concept of sustainability through studying climate change and energy. This allows students to draw on current news and events and consider both the development and hazards topics in relation to climate.
Students build on their conceptual understanding from Year 8, whilst also strengthening their geographical skills developed throughout Year 7 and 8. They study the ideas of globalisation, global economic changes and population. They then focus on the UK’s economy and how this has changed over time. Students build on their learning from Year 7 with a topic on tropical rainforests; this looks into climate, nutrient cycles and threats from human activity. In the summer term, the focus is Nottingham, looking into the challenges of a growing UK city, followed by a geographical enquiry into contrasting areas of the city, where students will complete a fieldwork study.
Students begin Year 10 by building on their ecosystems learning from Year 9, with a study of cold environments. This looks at the physical features of cold environments, whilst considering the impact human activity has on this particular ecosystem and its resources. They then move on to study the issue of urbanisation across the world, with an in depth study of Lagos. Later in Year 10, students build on their understanding of urbanisation when studying the issues that Nottingham faces as a major UK city. In addition to this, they will study UK rivers and flooding. In the summer term, students will study coasts and complete their physical fieldwork alongside this, with a fieldwork study on the Holderness coast in Yorkshire.
Year 11 begins with a topic on managing resources. This includes an overview of global energy on a global and national scale. Following on from this, we begin to look at the issue evaluation, which gives students the chance to develop skills and revisit learning from the entire geography curriculum. Throughout the rest of Year 11, the focus is on geographical skills, exam technique and studying the issue evaluation for this year’s Paper 3 exam.
Students study the AQA course and are assessed in three exams at the end of year 11. These three papers are:
- Living with the physical environment (35%)
- Challenges in the human environment (35%)
- Geographical applications and skills (30%)
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