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Geography

iStock_000020094743XSmall (Small)Our Geography curriculum is delivered by dedicated and experienced professionals.

We work hard to provide lessons that engage, inspire and challenge so that students of all abilities enjoy Geography and make excellent progress. Geography is about people and places and helps students make sense of the world.

Curriculum Map 2020-21 Geography >


Key Stages 3-4

Year 7

In Year 7 Geography is all about making sure our students have a sound understanding of some basic geographical concepts and skills. This means being able to interpret and using Ordnance Survey maps, knowing some basic Geography of the British Isles, learning how to use and atlas and beginning to explore some of the weird Geography located in some of the far flung places in the World. Year 7 is also when students get their first taste of Plate Tectonics. Learning how the Earth’s plates are fundamental in the pattern of earthquakes and volcanic activity is a major building block to understanding how the Earth works.

 

Topics studied & links to Schemes of Work

 

Year 8

In Year 8 students build upon the skills and knowledge developed in Year 7. So having successfully enhanced their knowledge of the British Isles attention is turned to a major LIC, Brazil. Brazil is becoming a major player in the world especially with it’s links to the Climate Emergency.

This topic naturally leads to a study of Tropical Rainforests and the associated issues such as deforestation and climate change. Linked to this is an extensive study of Weather and Climate. 

Students begin to understand the pattern of weather and climate in the British Isles and Europe in general. In order for students to keep pace with a changing world Year 8 is also where students follow courses on China and the USA, almost old fashioned Regional Geography but with an emphasis on current affairs.

 

Topics studied & links to Schemes of Work

  • Brazil
  • Rainforest Ecosystems
  • Weather & Climate Patterns in Europe
  • USA
  • China

 

Year 9 (KS4 GCSE)

In Year 9 students begin their 3 year GCSE Geography course. In the Autumn Term students discover Living with the physical environment. This begins with Natural hazards focusing on Tectonic hazards and Tropical Storms. Then second half of the term focuses on Extreme weather in the UK and the links with Climate Change.

This continues into the Spring Term before moving onto Physical landscapes of the UK. The final part of the year is very much to do with physical geography and builds upon work covered in Years 8 & 9. This involves the study of River and Coastal landscapes. The focus then changes towards linking classroom experience to the real world. Towards the end of the year students are engaged in fieldwork in the local area and the learning of geographical skills and techniques.

 

Topics studied & links to Schemes of Work

  • Natural hazards
  • Tectonic hazards
  • Weather hazards
  • Climate Change
  • UK landscapes
  • Coastal landscapes
  • River landscapes  

 

Year 10 (KS4 GCSE)

In Year 10 students continue their 3 year GCSE Geography course. In the Autumn Term students discover The Living world as part of Living with the physical environment. This begins with Ecosystems focusing on Tropical rainforests and Hot deserts. This continues into the Spring Term before moving onto Challenges in the human environment.  The first part of this module focuses on Urban Challenges and Issues. This includes the urban world, urban changes in the UK and urban sustainability. The final part of the year is very much to do with urban geography and carrying out fieldwork in the urban environment which will further help develop their geographical skills and techniques.  Towards the end of the year students begin the second large human geography unit, the changing economic world.

Topics studied & links to Schemes of Work

  • Ecosystems
  • Tropical rainforests
  • Hot deserts
  • The urban world
  • Urban change in the UK
  • Urban sustainability
  • Urban fieldwork
  • The development gap 

 

Year 11 (KS4 GCSE)

In Year 11 students complete their 3 year GCSE Geography course. In the Autumn Term students continue to study the changing economic world with units focusing on Nigeria and the UK. At the end of the term the focus changes to resource management. Beginning with a very general outlook, once into the Spring Term this unit splits into Food, Water and Energy Management. During this term students receive the Pre-release paper. This is the Issue Evaluation section of the course which focuses on a particular strand from within the whole GCSE Geography curriculum. Students have nearly three months to study the topic materials prior to being examined in the summer. As exam preparation gains pace towards the Summer Term students are engaged in revision and a review of geographical skills and techniques.

Topics studied & links to Schemes of Work

Issue evaluation

Changing economic world

  • Nigeria: a newly emerging economy
  • The changing UK economy

The challenge of resource management

  • Resource management
  • Food management
  • Water management
  • Energy management 

Revision

 

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Our Schools

Synergy Multi-Academy Trust comprises fifteen Norfolk schools serving children between the ages of 2 and 18. Our schools work collaboratively together to raise standards and provide education of the highest possible standard, offering the best of opportunities for pupils. The Trust was initially established in 2015. We believe that all of our schools have strengths and areas to develop, and that all can improve through sharing expertise and wisdom. The Trust understands that there will be excellent practice in each school, and that every school will be able to contribute to the development of the Trust as a whole.