Geography

In Geography we encourage students to engage with the challenging and changing world around them.  We help and support students to develop the skills needed to investigate and evaluate the world they live in.  Our aim is to create Geographers who develop a passion for the ‘adventure of place’, not just students who pass a Geography course.

Geography at KLA is taught by:

Mr Simon Burton-White Head of Humanties

Mrs Nicola Bower

Key Stage 3

The Year 7 Course

The Year 7 course is designed to build the basic skills Geographers use in the discipline through the basic skills module.  Students will understand map reading, sketching, and the common terms and aspects of the subject.  They will investigate an overview of the natural, social, economic and political World.

This unit will be assessed through a 50 minutes skills test reflecting the skills section of the GCSE Paper 3.

Students will then apply their newfound skills to a physical unit on hazards.  In particular the module will focus on the understanding of, positive and challenges of volcanic landscapes like the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia.

This unit will be assessed through an exam reflecting the physical section of GCSE course (Paper 1).

Students will then complete their first piece of fieldwork and geographical investigation.  Studying various sites around the school grounds students will complete The Little People Project, addressing the issues in modern towns and cities.  The report will give students the opportunity to develop their graphing, mapping and statistical skills.

This unit will be assessed through a test reflecting the fieldwork section of the GCSE Paper 3 module.

In the Summer term students will explore a local environment, coastlines.  Examples for this unit will mainly be taken from the United Kingdom.  They will investigate the processes, features and landscapes of coasts and use their mapping and graphing skills to investigate how these environments differ and change over time.

This unit will be assessed through an exam reflecting the physical section of GCSE course (Paper 1).

Finally, students in Year 7 will examine the idea of the natural world as a resource, and examine how humans use the tropical rainforests.  Students will learn the biome’s physical characteristics and the opportunities and challenges that countries with rainforests face.  This unit will examine a range of different World forests including the Amazon and the Australian Daintree Rainforest.

This unit will be asses on a test based on the human resources management section of the Paper 2 GCSE.

The Year 8 Course

Year 8s start off the year by examining the United Kingdom.  They examine the overview of the physical, demographic, economic and political landscape of the country.  Elements of the unit will focus on a local study of King’s Lynn, how it economically changed over time.  Students develop their decision-making skills in an investigation into the problems of expanding basic infrastructure in the King’s Lynn area.

This unit will be assessed through a decision-making exercise, similar to the Paper 3 of GCSE, on infrastructure developments of the King’s Lynn area.

Year 8 Geographers then look at global climate and weather.  The module will examine why the World and the UK experiences different weather, and look at how some weather events can be extreme.  The module will primarily focus on the impacts of Hurricane Katrina in the United States of America.  Students will also conduct some fieldwork on micro-climates around the school.

This unit will be assessed through an exam based on GCSE Paper 1, and the fieldwork section of Paper 3.

After Christmas the course will focus on city life in poorer nations, and examine how life chances differ for people living in African countries like Kenya, Niger, Egypt and Nigeria.  Students will examine a range of complex graphing techniques like population pyramids and scatter graphs, as well as more complex mapping techniques.

This unit will be assessed through a test based on the GCSE Human paper (2).

Continuing with our focus on Africa, students will then look at the Sahel region and The Sahara Desert.  The module will look at what makes the region unique, the physical processes and landscapes.  Students will investigate the opportunities that desert environments bring, and the environmental challenges that these inhospitable places face.

This unit will be assessed through an exam based on the GCSE Paper 1.

The Year 8 course will then examine the methods that Geographers use to assess the level of World Development, and how countries can be compared to each other.  The exemplars for this module will mainly concentrate on India and China, although global development will be examined in detail.

This unit will be assessed through an end of year exam based on Paper 2 of the GCSE.

Finally, the Year 8s will finish by returning to Africa to look at the mighty Congo river.  They will examine how the river changes from its source to mouth, and the different physical features found along it.  Student will understand how humans manage and use rivers, and the impacts of and their responses to, flooding.

This unit will be assessed through a test based on the GCSE Paper 1.

Schemes of Learning Overview 2018/19

Geography Overview

Key Stage 4

The Year 9 GCSE AQA course.

Students begin the AQA Geography course in Year 9, but will start with an advanced skills module to bring students up to the required level of Geographical skills outlined in the specification.  Students will examine advanced skills such as constructing a geographical enquiry, using and manipulating data and statistics – such as using central tendency and more complex graphing and mapping techniques.  These skills will be investigated through the backdrop of the changing temperate woodland around King’s Lynn, particularly The Old Plantation and Rookeries.

This unit will be assessed through an advanced skills test mirroring the style of questions found in Paper 3 of the GCSE.

Once students have learnt and applied the more advanced skills required for the course, students will examine the resources unit, looking at the disparity in food, energy and water.  Students will also complete a mock decision-based exercise focusing on Water in the South of England.

This unit will be assessed through GCSE style questions from Paper 2, and a mock decision-making exercise from Paper 3.

The next module will focus on rivers and coasts and examine the physical processes and features of these environments.  This module will focus on UK examples of rivers and coastlines and will include the requirement of a fieldwork experience to a local UK coastline at Holme-Next-The-Sea.

This unit will be assessed as part of the end of year exams.

Year 10 GCSE

Students start the year contrasting Mumbai in India with Manchester in the United Kingdom as examples of internationally important cities.  Students will examine how these cities have changed over the years, and the opportunities and challenges that urban change brings.  From the work completed in this unit students will also complete their second fieldwork experience on urban spaces.

This unit will be assessed with questions from the Paper 3 and Paper 2 elements of the course.

The second unit students will look at is the hazards where they will be investigating how volcanoes cause benefits and problems as a result of tectonic processes.  Students will also examine how climate and weather can be regarded as a hazard through the examination of tropical cyclones in the Philippines and extreme weather in the UK.

This unit will be assessed with questions from the Paper 1 course.

The third unit will examine the natural world, particularly looking at how ecosystems work, including temperate forests, rainforests and hot desert environments.  Student look at why these environments are unique and the opportunities and challenges that these regions face.

This unit will be test based assessment on Paper 1 of the course.

Year 11 Course

Students will start the year looking at the development gap between our richest nations and poorest parts of the world.  They will examine why there are these differences and how they can be overcome, particularly looking at Cambodia, and Mauritius off the coast of Africa.  Students will finally apply what they have learnt to the UK to investigate whether or not the UK has regional differences in development and the extent to which we are considered a developed nation.

This unit will be assessed in the Mock Exams throughout the year.

Students will then spend the rest of the course preparing for their decision-making pre-release material, revising and also going through advanced skills for their Paper 3.

Schemes of Learning Overview 2018/19

Geography Overview