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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

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

16th, 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th March 2020

Lincoln CBD fieldtrip for Human Geography

15th, 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th June 2020

Revision sessions

Running in the Department from October 2019 through until the exam season.

Wide World GCSE Magazine Subscription Pupils to subscribe to these in September – 4 magazines (Sept, Oct, Feb and April) issued each year.

 

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