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Year 11 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

 

Ecosystems include abiotic (weather, climate, soil) and biotic (plants, animals, humans) components which are interdependent.
Overview of the global distribution of polar regions, coral reefs, grasslands, temperate forests, tropical rainforests, and hot deserts.
Overview of the climate, plants and animals within these ecosystems.
The location of the tropical rainforests including the Amazon, Central American, Congo River Basin, Madagascan, South East Asian and Australasian
The location of warm water coral reefs including the Great Barrier Reef, Red Sea Coral Reef, New Caledonia Barrier Reef, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, Florida Reef and Andros Coral Reef
The processes that operate within tropical rainforests, including nutrient and water cycles.
The process of nutrient cycling that operates within coral reefs. 
Two case studies, including one tropical rainforest and one coral reef, to cover: the interdependence of climate, soil, water, plants, animals and their value to humans and to the planet, threats to biodiversity and attempts to mitigate these through sustainable use and management.
 
Social – including local people in the decision-making process. Provision of an efficient public transport system.

A case study of sustainable urban living.

ICT

Literacy

Classification

Visual imagery

Summarising

Information processing

Map skills

Numeracy

Independent work

Group work

2

People of the planet

•  Social, economic and environmental definitions of development, including the concept of sustainable development.
•  Different development indicators, including GNI per capita, Human Development Index and Internet Users, and the advantages and disadvantages of these indicators.
•  How development indicators illustrate the consequences of uneven development. 
•  Current patterns of advanced countries (ACs), emerging and developing countries (EDCs) and low-income developing countries (LIDCs).
Outline the reasons for uneven development, including the impact of colonialism on trade and the exploitation of natural resources.
•   Different types of aid and their role in both promoting and hindering development. Case study of one LIDC or EDC. This should illustrate its changing economic development, including the influence of and interrelationships between: the country’s geographical location, and environmental context (landscape, climate, ecosystems, availability and type of natural resources) the country’s political development and relationships with other states principal imports and exports and the relative importance of trade and the role of international investment, population and employment structure. Changes over time, social factors including access to education and healthcare provision and technological developments, such as communications technology and one aid project.
•  Using the case study of the LIDC or EDC explore Rostow’s model to determine the country’s path of economic development.
• Definition of city, megacity and world city.
•  The distribution of megacities and how this has changed over time.
•  How urban growth rates vary in parts of the world with contrasting levels of development.
Overview of the causes of rapid urbanisation in LIDCs including push and pull migration factors, and natural growth.
• Outline of the social, economic and environmental consequences of rapid urbanisation in LIDCs.
Case study of one major city in an LIDC or EDC 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 and 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 & 2

Environmental challenges of the planet

Overview of how the climate has changed from the beginning of the Quaternary period to the present day, including ice ages. 
• Key periods of warming and cooling since 1000AD, including the medieval warming, Little Ice Age and modern warming.
• Evidence for climate change over different time periods, including global temperature data, ice cores, tree rings, paintings and diaries. Theories of natural causes of climate change including variations in energy from the sun, changes in the Earth’s orbit and volcanic activity.
• How human activity is responsible for the enhanced greenhouse effect which contributes to global warming.
Summary of a range of consequences of climate change currently being experienced across the planet.
Distribution of the main climatic regions of the world.
• Outline how the global circulation of the atmosphere is controlled by the movement of air between the poles and the equator.
• How the global circulation of the atmosphere leads to extreme weather conditions (wind, temperature, precipitation) in different parts of the world.
Outline the causes of the extreme weather conditions that are associated with the hazards of tropical storms and drought.
• The distribution and frequency of tropical storms and drought, and whether these have changed over time. Case study of one drought event caused by El Niño/La Niña:
how the extreme weather conditions of El Niño/La Niña develop and can lead to drought effects of the drought event on people and the ways in which people have adapted to drought in the case study area.

ICT

Literacy

Classification

Visual imagery

Summarising

Information processing

Map skills

Numeracy

Independent work

Group work

Summer Term

 

 

 

1

Revision

Revision of both physical and human topics using exam papers/question/the revision work booklet and revision booklet

Revision of fieldwork and skills

ICT

Literacy

Classification

Visual imagery

Summarising

Information processing

Map skills

Numeracy

Independent work

Group work

2

Revision

Revision of both physical and human topics using past papers/question/the revision work booklet and revision booklet

Revision of fieldwork and skills

ICT,

Literacy

Classification

Visual imagery

Summarising

Information processing

Map skills

Numeracy

Independent work

Group work

Assessments:

Autumn Term

Topic

Type of Assessment

CAT 1

Ecosystems of the planet

Exam questions

Spring Term    

CAT 2

People of the planet/ecosystems of the planet

Exam questions

Summer Term

 

 

CAT 3

All topics

Exam question

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 and textbook

All

Enrichment opportunities:

Activity or Trip

Day and Term

Revision Sessions

From January onwards on a Tuesday lunchtime

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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