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Bristnall Hall Academy, Bristnall Hall Lane, Oldbury, West Midlands, B68 9PA

Humanities Area Leader: Mr. S. Ramsey

Spiritual

Students are encouraged to develop their awareness and understanding of different cultures and religious beliefs. By studying various global regions students develop a sense of empathy for others and honour the diversity of individuals. Students are regularly provided with opportunities to question and time is provided to give them space for their own thoughts, ideas and concerns.

Moral

Students are provided with opportunities to explore and develop their understanding of moral concepts and values for example truth, justice and equality. Throughout the various topics students learn to understand the impacts of discrimination and measures to prevent this for example on the basis of religion, race, sexual orientation, gender and age.

Social

Within the Geography curriculum students are given opportunities to demonstrate their leadership and responsibility skills. They are encourages to work collaboratively with a range of peers. We aim to develop students personal qualities; encouraging respect for difference, self-respect and honesty.

Cultural

Developing students understanding of the values, attitudes and traditions of different cultures is a central aim of the subject. Extending student’s knowledge of discrimination and equality allows them to appreciate their own lifestyle and empathise with those less fortunate.

BHA Skills and Attributes Development

Student high aspirations – Within Geography students are set challenging targets and students are encouraged to aim high and be aspirational.

Effective communication skills – group work, debates and speaking to an audience are regular features of Geography lessons.

Ability to lead and be a good team player – students will regularly participate in group work and will be expected to take a lead role when required.

Valuing diversity and difference – within Geography students develop an understanding of the values, attitudes and traditions of different cultures.

Pride/respect in themselves/community – students are expected to dress according to Academy policy in Geography lessons and to present their work neatly. Within Geography students will be participating in fieldwork within the local community.

Self-management skills – students will be expected to meet deadlines when given homework and project tasks. They will be encouraged to manage their time effectively during assessments.

Confidence and resilience – within Geography students are encouraged to meet each challenge with positivity. They are set challenging work within lessons and are supported and encouraged to complete this to the best of their ability. Directed Improvement and Reflection Time is built into many lessons to support students to build resilience.

Problem solving and negotiation skills – Decision making tasks are regularly used in Geography. Students have to work together to make decisions and solve problems. They will then need to convince others that theirs in the best viewpoint.

More Able Students: A range of tasks are provided throughout the curriculum allowing for the more able to be challenged and stretched. A number of extra-curricular trips are on offer to develop the learning of more able students.

Key Stage 3

Y7

Autumn term

It’s your planet – students will learn how the Earth was formed, the geological timescale and the natural processes that can change the Earth.

Maps and mapping – students will consider how they are connected to the rest of the world, continents, countries and cities of the world and map skills such as scale, grid references and direction.

Spring term

About the UK – student will learn about the geography of the UK, climate in the UK, population distribution and UK’s economy.

Glaciation – students will understand where glaciers are today and where they were 20 000 years ago, they will study how they are formed and how they shape the land they flow over.

Summer term

Rock, soil and weathering – students will learn about the different types of rock and how they are formed, weathering, the rock cycle, rocks around the UK and the soil profile.

Africa – students will learn about the physical and human geography of Africa, the history of Africa and the main biomes.

Additional Reading: Geog.1, BBC news website, KS3 BBC Bitesize, Atlas

Y8

Autumn term

Population and Urbanisation – students will learn about the world’s population distribution and the reasons for this, migration and its impacts, what urbanisation is and the impact urban growth has on the urban area.

Crime and GIS – students will learn about how geography affects crime and how crime affects geography, they will use a range of maps and different data sets to study the patterns of crime and they will consider the impact of crime of different groups of people.

Spring term

Coasts – students will understand the different coastal processes and how they shape the coastline, they will consider the impact of erosion, soft and hard engineering management strategies and they will apply this information to a decision making exercise.

Weather and climate – students will learn about the different types of rainfall, different weather systems, measuring the weather and reporting on the weather. They will also look at extreme weather and its impact.

Summer term

Ecosystems – students will learn about the different types of biomes, where they are located and their climate. They will also look at the rainforest, its structure, how plants and animals have adapted to the conditions and deforestation.

Asia – students will become familiar with the physical geography of Asia, location of countries and cities and the developing economies of some countries.

Additional Reading: Geog.2, BBC news website, KS3 BBC Bitesize, Atlas

Y9

Autumn term

Rivers and flooding – students will be studying river processes, river landforms, flooding and management strategies.

Natural Hazards – students will study plate boundaries, causes of earthquakes and volcanoes, the effects of earthquakes and volcanoes, how the effects can be reduced and why people continue to live in tectonic areas.

Spring term

International development – students will understand the characteristics of developed and developing countries, development indicators and how the development gap has grown. They will also consider how poverty can be reduced.

Economic development – students will understand about employment structure, the UK’s changing employment structure, how changes in employment structure can affect people, the processes involved in production of a mobile phone and fair trade.

Summer term

Russia – students will learn where Russia is located, the physical geography of Russia, climate zones in Russia, cities within Russia and Russia’s cold environment.

The Middle East – Students will understand where the Middle East is located, the countries included in the Middle East, physical geography of the region and conflict in the Middle East.

Additional Reading: Geog.3 BBC news website, KS3 BBC Bitesize, Atlas

Key Stage Three Assessment – All students have two assessments each half term – the first is a mid-unit assessment which is an open book assessment. The second is the key assessment task and takes place in examination conditions.

Each year group will also sit one examination.

How parents can support: Parents can support students in Geography by ensuring they are properly equipped with pens, pencils and their exercise book for every lesson. They can encourage their children to watch the news to keep up to date with current issues; they could then discuss these issues with their children. Students will be given regular homework in Geography and parents could help with ensuring that their children have somewhere quiet to complete this to the best of their ability.

At the end of each unit students will be given key assessment tasks – these will be completed in examination conditions and need to be revised for. Parents could help students develop revision strategies and help with testing their children to ensure they have the correct knowledge.

 

Key Stage 4

GCSE Geography – AQA B specification

Y10

Unit 2

Natural Disasters – In this unit students study earthquakes, volcanoes, wildfires and tropical storms. They investigate the causes, effects, how people response to these hazards and how the effects of them can be reduced.

Investigating Global Tourism – In this unit students investigate the tourism industry, environments which attract tourists, tourism in MEDCs and LEDCs and sustainable tourism.

Controlled Assessment 2 – Research project.

This is an 800 word research project about an issue relating to either water or energy. All controlled assessments are completed during lesson time and in controlled conditions.

Y11

Unit 1

Urban environment – In this unit students study urbanisation, the causes of urbanisation, the problems associated with rapid urban growth, deprivation in MEDCs, opportunities and problems with living in slums and sustainable urban living.

Coastal environment – In this unit students will learn about the coast as a multi-use area, the processes at work at the coast and how they can affect the shape of the coastline, formation of landforms, hard and soft engineering and managing/protecting the coastal environment.

Controlled Assessment 1 – Fieldwork investigation.

This is a 1200 word project which involves investigating a key question. Students will participate in a field work visit to collect data; they will then present this data in a number of ways, analyse it to form a conclusion and then evaluate the data collection methods they have used.

Additional Reading

BBC GCSE Bitesize

http://www.s-cool.co.uk/gcse/geography

http://www.revisionworld.com/gcse-revision/geography

http://www.geography-site.co.uk/

CPG Geography GCSE revision guide

How parents can support: Parents can support students in Geography by ensuring they are properly equipped with pens, pencils and their exercise book for every lesson. They can encourage their children to watch the news to keep up to date with current issues; they could then discuss these issues with their children. Students will be given regular homework in Geography and parents could help with ensuring that their children have somewhere quiet to complete this to the best of their ability.

Student will regularly be given assessments– these will be completed in examination conditions and need to be revised for. Parents could help students develop revision strategies and help with testing their children to ensure they have the correct knowledge.

Enrichment opportunities

The Geography department run a number of field visits. In recent years the following trips have been organised:

Lake District residential

Ludlow

Local area investigation

Lyme Regis

Castleton

Cadbury World

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