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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 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.

Year 7 Overview

Term

Unit of Work

Summary

1

What is Geography

  • An introduction into where places are both human and physical

1

Introduction to Interpreting Geographical Data

  • An introduction into the different graphical techniques that can be used to plot geographical data

1 and 2

Map Skills

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

2 and 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

3

Weather

  • An introduction into weather and climate and the weather systems that shape the UK climate

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

Population

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

2 and 3

Ecosystems

  • An investigation into the key components that cause contrasting ecosystems. How can human factors change ecosystems?

3

Global Fashion Industry

  • An investigation into the global fashion industry. How has the location of fashion manufacturing changed over time and what are the impacts of this.

Year 9 Overview

Term

Unit of Work

Summary

1

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?

2

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?

3

Geography of Crime

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

3

Geography of Terrorism

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

KS4

The subject is a popular option choice at KS4. In year 10 and 11 we currently offer the AQA GCSE syllabus, grade 9-1. Like many other GCSEs the course is linear with three external exams at the end of Year 11. Paper 1 and 2 are worth 35% each, with paper 3 worth 30%. As part of the course there is compulsory fieldwork to: Darenth valley and Bexleyheath town centre.

Term

Unit of Work

Summary

1

Ecosystems and Tropical rainforests

  • Where are biomes located?
  • Why does the rainforest have distinctive characteristics?
  • What are the causes and effects of deforestation?

Natural hazards and tectonics

  • What are natural disasters?
  • What are the causes and effects of volcanic and seismic hazards
  • How do the effect and responses vary between countries of different levels of development?

2

Hot deserts

  • What are the distinctive characteristics of hot deserts?
  • What challenges and opportunities do hot deserts present?
  • Which areas are at risk of desertification?

2

UK physical environments and rivers

  • Where are the UK’s major lowland/upland and river systems?
  • How do rivers change from source to mouth?
  • How do river features form?
  • How are rivers managed to prevent flooding?

 

3

Rivers fieldwork

Resource management

  • How does the Darenth river change from source to mouth
  • Why are resources unevenly spread across the globe?
  • What is the link between resource supply and consumption?

3

Water resources

  • Why is there likely to be conflict over the supply of water?
  • Which strategies are used to increase water supply?

4

Economic World

  • Why are countries at differing levels of economic development?
  • Which strategies are successful in reducing the development gap?
  • What are the social, cultural, environmental and economic consequences are rapidly developing countries?

4

Coasts

  • Which processes shape the coastline?
  • Why does the coast have distinctive landforms?
  • Which strategies are used to protect the coast from physical processes?
5 Urban issues
  • Why are more and more people living in urban areas?
  • How are cities growing in rapidly developing countries?
  • What are the social, cultural, environmental and economic consequences are rapidly developing cities?
5

Urban fieldwork

Weather hazards
  • Bexleyheath town centre
  • What is the global weather pattern?
  • Why do tropical storms develop?
  • What are the effects of tropical storms?
  • Why does the UK experience weather hazards?
6 Climate change
  • What are the human and physical causes of climate change?
  • How can the effects be mitigated?
6 Issue evaluation
  • Pre-release booklet from the exam board