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Blackfen School for Girls

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Geography, Travel and Tourism

Welcome to the Geography and Travel and Tourism Department

The Geography department aims to create Geographers, not just students who study Geography.

KS3

In Key Stage 3 the Geography department aims to enthuse students in the subject and the main human and physical processes that are shaping and re shaping our world. The KS3 follows the new National Curriculum with a real focus on locational knowledge of the world and the countries and regions that are of increasing importance such as India, China and Africa. The curriculum aims to provide students with transferrable and cross curricula inquiry, data presentation and analytical skills, while providing students with the base for further learning in KS4 and KS5. Opportunities for field work are offered in each year and a group of year 8 students have the opportunity to go on a Year 8 Aspirational Geography camping trip.

Year 7 Overview

Term

Unit of Work

Summary

1

What is Geography

  • An introduction into where places are  both human and physical

1

Who are we: The British

  • An investigation into identity and the landscapes that shape and reshape our identities

1 and 2

Map Skills

  • Using an OS map: grid references, scale, keys and route planning

2

The Rise and Rise of China

  • Comparison between ‘Old China’ and ‘New China’. What factors have caused China to change and what impacts does this have on people’s daily life

2 and 3

Important Countries India

  • Comparison between ‘Old India’ and ‘New India’. What factors have caused India to change and what impacts does this have on people’s daily life

3

World Cities

  • What are world cities, where are they located in the world and how and why are the size of cities changing in different parts of the world

Year 8 Overview

Term

Unit of Work

Summary

1

Tourism

  • What is tourism, how is the industry changing and what different types of tourism exist in different parts of the world

1 and 2

Rivers and Coasts

  • What are the key processes that change these physical environments, such as erosion, weathering, transportation and deposition?
  • What landforms occur as a result of these processes
  • How do humans manage these environments

2

Energy Resources: a focus on Russia and the Middle East

  • Identifies issues such as energy surplus and scarcity
  • What are the different types of energy
  • What are the geopolitics of energy and how can energy be used as a political weapon
  • How can we become more sustainable?

3

Population

  • How are populations changing in MEDC, LEDC and NIC world?
  • How do governments manage populations and why?

3

Weather

  • What is weather and climate?
  • What are the key climatic systems?
  • Do microclimates exist within Blackfen School for Girls

Year 9 Overview

Term

Unit of Work

Summary

1

Development

  • How can countries be classified and what indicators are used to classify these countries?
  • How successful are Millennium Development Goals in addressing imbalances?
  • What other strategies are used to increase development and how effective are they?

1

Geography of Crime

  • What is crime and what are the different types of crimes?
  • Investigating vulnerabilities to crime in Blackfen School.

2

Geography of Terrorism

  • What terrorist groups are located around the world?
  • What impact do they have on us?

2

Africa

  • What the key problems and success stories in Africa?
  • Refernce to a range of case studies throughout the continent

3

Hazards, plate tectonics, volcanoes and earthquakes

  • What is the physical Geography that creates these hazards?
  • What impact do they have on people?
  • How can these events be managed?

KS4

The Subject is a popular option choice at KS4. We currently offer the AQA A GCSE syllabus. The main topics of study are Population, Tourism, Development, Coasts, Rivers and Tectonics. Like many other GCSEs the course is linear with two external exams at the end of Year 11 worth 75% or 37.5% each. The final 25% is awarded for controlled assessment and in the recent past we have offered river study trips in Epping Forest and Tourism centred trips to Margate.

Term

Unit of Work

Summary

1

Population

  • What is the population explosion?
  • What is the demographic transition?
  • How can young and ageing populations be managed?
  • What are the effects of migration on host and origin countries?

1 and 2

Tourism

  • What are the key types of tourism?
  • How can tourism affect different localities?
  • How can tourism be managed to ensure it is sustainable?

2

Coasts

  • What are the key processes that cause the coast to change?
  • What landforms are created in this locality?
  • How can coasts be managed to reduce negative impacts of flooding?

3

Controlled Assessment

  • Fieldtrip to Margate to investigate Margate’s stage in the Butler Model.
  • Write up

 

4

Rivers

  • What are the key processes that cause the rivers to change?
  • What landforms are created in this locality?
  • How can rivers be managed to reduce negative impacts of flooding?

4 and 5

Plate tectonics

  • What are the physical processes that cause tectonic hazards?
  • How do humans respond and prepare for these hazards?

5

Development

  • What are the different types of country?
  • What development strategies exist on local, regional, national and international spatial levels?

6

Revision

  • Focus on revision of all key topics in preparation for the exams.