The Geography Curriculum
Students who study Geography at Temple Moor develop their knowledge and understanding of how the world has been shaped by both natural and human processes as well as develop geographical investigative skills to prepare them for the future.
Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3 students study Geography for four hours over a two-week period, this allows students to not only develop their geographical knowledge but also provides the foundation in the skills required for them to succeed at Key Stage 4 and beyond. In year 7 students start with the topic Introduction to Geography. Students develop their knowledge on human and physical features for various regions around the world, comparing the similarities and differences between each, this is done through developing their atlas skills. The next topic Fantastic Places focuses on specific areas of the world which are unique. Students investigate each location in depth looking at the various human and physical features, the impact of human activity at each location as well as the various stakeholders who are affected by the use of each. Students also begin to develop their geographical skills in Year 7 from grid references to scale, these are embedded in all subsequent topics taught providing students with the opportunity to further develop these skills. The final unit studied provides students with the chance to develop their geographical investigative skills in conducting a short study. This allows students to collect their own primary data and develop their data presentation techniques.
In Year 8 students will study climatic hazards including the causes, effects, response and management of Tropical Storms, tornadoes, drought and forest fires. Students will judge how successful the response to hazards such as Super Storm Sandy were and be able to offer alternatives. Students also study current and prominent issues such as climate change and habitat destruction studying both the physical and human causes, evaluating the severity of the effects as well as whether mitigation or adaptation is the best strategy in dealing with the issue.
In Year 9 students develop these skills further in making the links between the effects of tectonic hazards and the short- and long-term responses, as well as how management of these hazards reduces the risk to humans. Students will also be able to independently analyse resources and use these to justify their decision in solving a geographical issue. Students will also conduct a fieldwork investigation including collecting primary and secondary data, using a range of suitable presentation techniques and analysing the data to reach a sound conclusion.
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4 students’ study AQA Geography (8035) for five hours over a 2-week period. There are three papers in total which students sit at the end of Year 11. In Year 10 students study the physical element of the specification including tectonic hazards, climatic hazards, coastal landscapes and glacial landscapes. Students develop their knowledge on the physical processes operating within each topic as well as the effects these processes have. Students are then able to assess how different stakeholders are affected and present a strong argument for the best sustainable strategies when trying to reduce these effects. Students also collect the primary data for their fieldwork investigations (one human and one physical) during the summer term. Through this, students will be able to apply knowledge and understanding in order to interpret, analyse and evaluate information and issues related to their enquiry. In Year 11 students study the human element of the specification, this gives students the opportunity to develop key content in areas such changing economic world and urban issues and challenges. For each topic students will analyse the current and future challenges these areas face and the need for sustainable management.
Key geographical and numerical skills have been embedded throughout the delivery of both physical and human units, to provide frequent opportunities for students to further develop these skills.
Key Stage 5
At Key Stage 5 students’ study AQA Geography A-level (7037) which comprises of two examinations and a piece of independent field work. Paper one focuses on Physical Geography; Coasts, Water and Carbon Cycles and Hazards and Paper 2 focuses on; Changing Places, Global Systems and Global Governance and Contemporary Urban Environments. Each topic allows students to develop their knowledge and understanding of processes, concepts, environments, interactions and change at a variety of scales as well as interpreting and analysing geographical information and issues. Students conduct their own independent enquiry. After initial teacher guidance on the suitability of their chosen investigation students conduct all stages of an investigation from completing risk assessments to statistical analysis. Finally, students evaluate and reflect on their investigation showing an understanding of the wider context and ethical dimensions of their coursework.