The King's School Grantham

Isaac Newton's School

    Year 10 GCSE Geography Curriculum

    Key topics to be taught this year:

    Autumn Term

    Topic

    Further details about the topic/key questions that will be explored

    Skills

    1

    Landscapes of the UK

    Overview of the distribution of areas of upland, lowland and glaciated landscapes.

    Overview of the distinctive characteristics of these  landscapes including their geology, climate and human activity.

    The definitions of the main geomorphic processes including types of weathering (mechanical, chemical, biological), mass movement (sliding, slumping), erosion (abrasion, hydraulic action, attrition, solution), transport (traction, saltation, suspension, solution) and deposition

    The formation of river landforms (waterfall, gorge, V-shaped valley, floodplain, levee, meander, oxbow lake).

    The formation of coastal landforms (headland, bay, cave, arch, stack, beach, spit).

    Two case studies, one UK river basin and one UK  coastal landscape, to cover:

    The geomorphic processes operating at different scales and how they are influenced by geology and climate landforms and features associated with your case study and how human activity, including management, works in combination with geomorphic processes to impact the landscape.

    ICT

    Literacy

    Classification

    Visual imagery

    Summarising

    Information processing

    Map skills

    Numeracy

    Independent work

    Group work

    2

    People of the UK

    Overview of the UK’s current major trading partners to include principal exports and imports.

    An understanding of the UK’s geographical diversity through patterns of employment, average income, life expectancy, educational attainment, ethnicity and access to broadband.

    The causes of uneven development within the UK, including geographical location, economic change, infrastructure and government policy.

    Case study of the consequences of economic growth and/or decline for one place or region in the UK.

    Changes in the UK’s population structure from 1900 to the present day, including its changing position on the Demographic Transition Model.

    • An understanding of the causes and the effects of, and responses to an ageing population.

    • Outline flows of immigration into the UK in the 21st century including an overview of the social and economic impacts on the UK.

    Overview of the causes for contrasting urban trends in the UK, including suburbanisation, counter-urbanisation and re-urbanisation.

    • Outline of the social, economic and environmental consequences of contrasting urban trends in the UK, including suburbanisation, counter-urbanisation and re-urbanisation.

    Case study of one major city in the UK including the influences of: the city within its region, the country and the wider world migration (national and international) and its impact on the city’s growth/character and the ways of life within the city, such as culture, ethnicity, housing, leisure and consumption. Contemporary challenges that affect urban change, including housing availability, transport provision and waste management and  sustainable strategies to overcome one of the city’s challenges.

    ICT

    Literacy

    Classification

    Visual imagery

    Summarising

    Information processing

    Map skills

    Numeracy

    Independent work

    Group work

    Spring Term

     

     

     

    1

    UK Environmental challenges

    How air masses, the North Atlantic Drift and continentality influence the weather in the UK.

    • How air masses cause extreme weather conditions in the UK, including extremes of wind, temperature and precipitation.

    • Case study of one UK flood event caused by extreme weather conditions including:

    Causes of the flood event, including the extreme weather conditions which led to the event effects of the flood event on people and the environment

    The management of the flood event at a variety of scales.

    • Overview of how environments and ecosystems in the UK are used and modified by humans, including:

    mechanisation of farming and commercial

    fishing to provide food

    wind farms and fracking to provide energy

    reservoirs and water transfer schemes to provide water.

    • Identification of renewable and non-renewable energy sources.

    • The contribution of renewable and non-renewable sources to energy supply in the UK.

    Energy in the UK is affected by a number of factors and requires careful management and consideration of future supplies.

    • Changing patterns of energy supply and demand in the UK from 1950 to the present day, and how changes have been influenced by government decision making and international organisations.

    • Strategies for sustainable use and management of energy at local and UK national scales, including the success of these strategies.

    • The development of renewable energy in the UK and the impacts on people and the environment.

    • The extent to which non-renewable energy could and should contribute to the UK’s future energy supply.

    • Economic, political and environmental factors affecting UK energy supply in the future.

    ICT

    Literacy

    Classification

    Visual imagery

    Summarising

    Information processing

    Map skills

    Numeracy

    Independent work

    Group work

    2

    Skills

    With respect to cartographic skills, learners should be able to:

    1. select, adapt and construct maps, using appropriate scales and annotations, to present information

    2. interpret cross-sections and transects

    3. use and understand coordinates, scale and distance

    4. extract, interpret, analyse and evaluate information

    5. use and understand gradient, contour and spot height (on OS and other isoline maps)

    6. describe, interpret and analyse geo-spatial data presented in a GIS framework

    ICT

    Literacy

    Classification

    Visual imagery

    Summarising

    Information processing

    Map skills

    Numeracy

    Independent work

    Group work

    Summer Term

     

     

     

    1

    Fieldwork projects

    Writing a project on Human and physical fieldwork focusing on:

    Planning

    Method

    Data presentation

    Analysis

    Conclusion

    Evaluation

    ICT

    Literacy

    Classification

    Visual imagery

    Summarising

    Information processing

    Map skills

    Numeracy

    Independent work

    Group work

    2

    Skills

    With respect to graphical skills, learners should be able to:

    1. select, adapt and construct appropriate graphs and charts, using appropriate scales and annotations to present information

    2. effectively present and communicate data through graphs and charts

    3. extract, interpret, analyse and evaluate information.

    ICT

    Literacy

    Classification

    Visual imagery

    Summarising

    Information processing

    Map skills

    Numeracy

    Independent work

    Group work

    Assessments:

    Autumn Term

    Topic

    Type of Assessment

    CAT 1

    Landscapes of the UK

    Exam question

    Spring Term

     

     

    CAT 2

    People of the UK

    Exam question

    Summer Term

     

     

    CAT 3

    All

    End of year exam

    Main Resources:

    Resource

    Details

    Term

    Text books

    All pupils are issued with the OCR A textbook 'Geographical Themes'. (published July 2016)

    All

    Recommended reading

    Topical issues in the news using BBC website on Geographical issues

    All

    Recommended websites

    BBC CLASSROOM CLIPS

    www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/

    ORDNANCE SURVEY

    www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/

    MET OFFICE

    www.metoffice.gov.uk

    AQA EXAM BOARD

    www.aqa.org.uk/

    BBC BITESIZE

    www.bbc.co.uk/gcsebitesize/

    All

    Equipment

    Pencil crayons, stationary, atlas, textbook,

    All

    Enrichment opportunities:

    Activity or Trip

    Day and Term

    River Witham fieldtrip

    12th, 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th March 2018

    Lincoln CBD fieldtrip for Human Geography

    15th, 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st June 2018

    Revision sessions from March 2018

    March 2018