In years 9 and 10 students receive 5 lessons per fortnight. Each topic lasts each half term and students will complete an in classroom assessment using exam paper questions following on from each topic along with the mock exams.
The topics students learn about in year 9 are:
- Plate Tectonics – The structure of the Earth, features of earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis, impacts using named case studies and the management of these hazards.
- Climate change – Natural causes of climate change, climate change in the past with the little ice age and the causes and impacts of the enhanced greenhouse effect.
- Biosphere – Location of the Biomes, structure, value, threats and management of the Tropical rainforest.
- Coasts – Processes and landforms caused by erosion, transportation and deposition along with the types and impacts of coastal management schemes.
- Population – Growth, structure, pressure on resources, causes and impacts of migration
- Living Spaces – Urban and rural settlements, variations in living space, growth of the Megacity and the creation of more sustainable living spaces
The topics students learn about in year 10 are:
- Hazardous world - Tectonics – The structure of the Earth, features of earthquakes and volcanoes, impacts using named case studies and the management of these hazards
- Hazardous world – Climate – Global circulation model, climate change, causes and impacts of Tropical cyclones and the management of these hazards.
- Development Dynamics – measuring development, the development gap, models of development, reducing development with top down and bottom up approaches and the case study of one emerging country.
- Challenges of an Urbanising world – causes and challenges of rapid urban growth, a case study in the variation if the quality of life in one emerging country megacity.
- UK Geographical issues - Geology, geomorphic processes and human activity over time and an in-depth study of river processes and pressures. This will involve completing a physical fieldwork investigation.
Parental advice - Students need to be able to apply the knowledge and skills that they study. Ensure your child learns the key facts as they go through topics and get them into the habit of producing revision resources such as mindmaps and flash cards as they go along. Try to test them on these so you can see how much they remember.
More extensive revision guides will be available to buy for £6 from the Geography department. The students also have access to GCSEpod.