Geography

The study of geography is about more than just memorising places on a map. It's about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents. And in the end, it's about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together ".

Barack Obama

Department Vision Statement/ Curriculum Intent

The geography curriculum at The Malling School aims to inspire, equip and empower our pupils.

Our Earth is inherited from past generations and is a loan from future generations. It is a diverse and constantly changing place of immense power and vulnerability. At The Malling School, we aim to develop pupils who are world thinkers, equipped with the skills to make future local and global decisions.

Our curriculum is designed to inspire pupils to become global citizens, to embrace other cultures and to connect with the natural environment. Our challenging and rich curriculum equips students with the knowledge and skills to challenge misconceptions and think critically about the world around us. This knowledge and skill empowers pupils to take action on a local and global scale, to ensure a sustainable future.

As a department we are passionate about our subject, drawing upon a wealth of personal experience to guide pupils on their learning journey. Lessons are dynamic and engaging, aiming to inspire by bringing the world to the classroom.

With powerful geographical education, students are able to become directors of their own lives.

 

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YEAR GROUPS

 

 

Year 7 - KS3

TERM

Term One

TOPIC

Local Geography

WHY?
Students will be start by recapping global geography, including continents and oceans. Pupils will then investigate UK and local geography, making links between local history and geography.
RESOURCES

Curriculum Booklet

Homework Booklet


TERM

Term Two

TOPIC

Weather and Climate Change

WHY?
Pupils will focus on understanding the water cycle, including key terms such as condensation and evaporation. This will then be linked to extreme weather events such as hurricanes.
RESOURCES

Curriculum Booklet

Homework Booklet


TERM

Term Three

TOPIC

Rainforests

WHY?
Students will learn where the worlds rainforests are located, their characteristics, including their climate and biodiversity. Pupils will understand the threats that face our rainforests and how we can best manage these.
RESOURCES

Curriculum Booklet

Homework Booklet


TERM

Term Four

TOPIC

Brazil

WHY?
Pupil will investigate the cultural, physical, and human geography of Brazil. Understanding the diverse nature of the country and how the physical and human geography are intrinsically linked.
RESOURCES

Curriculum Booklet

Homework Booklet


TERM

Term Five

TOPIC

Egypt and Drought

WHY?
Students will explore the physical and human geography of Egypt, with a focus on its climate and wildlife.
RESOURCES

Curriculum Booklet

Homework Booklet


TERM

Term Six

TOPIC

The Indian Ocean

WHY?
Students will explore nine countries bordered by the Indian ocean, all with unique cultural and physical links to the ocean, and the challenges these countries face.
RESOURCES

Curriculum Booklet

Homework Booklet


Year 8 - KS3

TERM

Term One

TOPIC

Population and Migration

WHY?
Pupils will understand how population can change, the trends and patterns of these changes and how they occur. Case studies will include China's one child policy and Singapore’s three or more. Pupils will then investigate the causes and issues caused by migration.
RESOURCES

Curriculum Booklet

Homework Booklet


TERM

Term Two

TOPIC

Settlement

WHY?
Students will examine what facts are imperative when establishing a settlement. We will then investigate megacities and compare Manchester to India cities.
RESOURCES

Curriculum Booklet

Homework Booklet


TERM

Term Three

TOPIC

Development, Industry and trade

WHY?
Students will use their knowledge from the previous two terms to understand the process of development, its causes and impacts. This is then linked to industry and trade.
RESOURCES

Curriculum Booklet

Homework Booklet


TERM

Term Four

TOPIC

Italy

WHY?
Pupils will investigate the population structure and level of development within Italy. We will compare the north and south of Italy and how to manage issues of underdevelopment in the south.
RESOURCES

Curriculum Booklet

Homework Booklet


TERM

Term Five

TOPIC

Coasts

WHY?
Pupils will begin to understand the characteristics and features of coasts. This will be done using a case study approach. Students will understand the issues coasts face and how these can be managed.
RESOURCES

Curriculum Booklet

Homework Booklet


TERM

Term Six

TOPIC

Tectonics

WHY?
Pupils will investigate tectonic processes and their impacts. This will include earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes.
RESOURCES

Curriculum Booklet

Homework Booklet


Year 9 - KS3

TERM

Term One

TOPIC

Tourism

WHY?
Students will investigate what tourism is, the factors which cause tourism to increase and the benefits and drawbacks of tourism. We will then investigate how tourism can become more sustainable.
RESOURCES

Curriculum Booklet

Homework Booklet


TERM

Term Two

TOPIC

Rivers

WHY?
A holistic approach is taken with this unit where the long profile of a river is studied. Pupils will investigate the processes, characteristics and features of a river, as well as the impacts of flooding and how best to manage this.
RESOURCES

Curriculum Booklet

Homework Booklet


TERM

Term Three

TOPIC

Extreme environments

WHY?
This topic is to include extreme and unusual environments which have experienced vast amounts of change or are unique, such as the Aral Sea. Investigating what processes are at play, their causes and how best to manage the issues.
RESOURCES

Curriculum Booklet

Homework Booklet


TERM

Term Four

TOPIC

Japan

WHY?
This case study is used to tied together many of the topics covered by the SOW so far. Students will investigate the social, economic, and physical structure of Japan. With a focus on their innovation and how this is used to solve many issues.
RESOURCES

Curriculum Booklet

Homework Booklet


TERM

Term Five

TOPIC

Energy

WHY?
This topic will give pupils an insight in to how the world obtains and uses energy. This will then lead to the use of renewable and non-renewable sources and how we can used energy in a more sustainable way.
RESOURCES

Curriculum Booklet

Homework Booklet


TERM

Term Six

TOPIC

Fieldwork

WHY?
This term will focus on developing pupils’ fieldwork skills. This will include developing a fieldwork question, hypothesis, methodology, data collection, presentation, evaluation, and conclusion.
RESOURCES

Curriculum Booklet

Homework Booklet


Year 10 - KS4 - Exam Board Edexcel a

TOPIC

UK Landscapes and Coastal Landscapes

WHY?
Pupils investigate the characteristics of different rock types and how they create varying landscapes in the UK. The coasts topic investigates coastal processes and how erosion can be managed.
RESOURCES

Curriculum Booklet

Recommended Revision Guide:
Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Geography A Revision Guide
Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Geography A Revision Workbook


TOPIC

River Landscapes

WHY?
This topic investigates a rivers long profile, focusing on the characteristics, processes and impacts of rivers. Management techniques will then be investigated.
RESOURCES

Curriculum Booklet

Recommended Revision Guide:
Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Geography A Revision Guide
Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Geography A Revision Workbook


TOPIC

Weather and Climate Change

WHY?
This topic investigates past climate, human and physical causes of climate change and how best to manage climate change sustainably.
RESOURCES

Curriculum Booklet

Recommended Revision Guide:
Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Geography A Revision Guide
Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Geography A Revision Workbook


TOPIC

Ecosystems, Biodiversity and Management

WHY?
Students will examine the worlds ecosystems, their climate and biodiversity. Specific focus will be on rainforests and arid environments. Sustainable management methods will then be investigated.
RESOURCES

Curriculum Booklet

Recommended Revision Guide:
Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Geography A Revision Guide
Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Geography A Revision Workbook


TOPIC

Fieldwork

WHY?
This topic will give pupil the knowledge and skills to complete their own fieldwork studies in preparation for paper 3.
RESOURCES

Curriculum Booklet

Recommended Revision Guide:
Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Geography A Revision Guide
Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Geography A Revision Workbook


TOPIC

Changing Cities

WHY?
Students will focus on the patterns and causes of change of the world’s major cities. The topic focuses on the issues faced by cities in contrasting located in countries with varying levels of development and how these issues can be overcome.
RESOURCES

Curriculum Booklet

Recommended Revision Guide:
Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Geography A Revision Guide
Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Geography A Revision Workbook


Year 11 - KS4 - Exam Board Edexcel a

TOPIC

Global Development

WHY?
Students will examine the process of development and the causes of inequality across the globe. Students will then investigate how these inequalities can be reduced, using India as a case study.
RESOURCES

Curriculum Booklet

Recommended Revision Guide:
Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Geography A Revision Guide
Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Geography A Revision Workbook


TOPIC

Resource Management

WHY?
Students will investigate how natural resources are used across the globe. The types of natural resources will be investigated and how we can ensure resource use is sustainable.
RESOURCES

Curriculum Booklet

Recommended Revision Guide:
Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Geography A Revision Guide
Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Geography A Revision Workbook


TOPIC

UK Challenges

WHY?
This topic is designed to tie the entire GCSE together. This topic focuses on the issues that the UK faces and how we can manage these issues for a sustainable future in the UK.
RESOURCES

Curriculum Booklet

Recommended Revision Guide:
Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Geography A Revision Guide
Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Geography A Revision Workbook