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Geography Throughout KS3, years 7 and 8 students will student 6 modules over the course of the year, broken down into the following areas: Year 7 What is Geography - Student explore the nature of the subject and get to grips with its core values and skills from map skills to the physical Geography of the UK. Geography of the UK - In this unit students develop a sense of place by exploring the population and demography of the UK. This includes issues of population distribution & migration. Volcanoes - Students explore the fiery world above and below the crust of the earth and examine the power, destruction & beauty brought by volcanic and earthquake hazards. Sport - Here students examine the Geography of a multi-billion pound industry and unpick some of the hardships that are present in the background while considering a fairer system for the future. Weather - Students learn about the fundamental elements that create our day to day conditions of the atmosphere. This involves a close look at microclimates as students explore the locality in their first fieldwork investigation. Future World - Here students look at how the world might look in the future including future technology and energy sources while considering ideas around sustainability. Year 8 Tourism - Here students consider the importance of tourism around the world and evaluate some of the benefits and issues the industry can create. This leads students to think about the benefits of ecotourism in the future. Ecosystems - Students explore the world of rainforest, the Arctic and Savanna regions of the world by making links between the climate and the flora & fauna held within it. Rivers - Students explore the journey of rivers from source to mouth while appreciating the impact humans can have on this movement and the power and devastation brought by flood events both locally and further afield. Crime - This section highlights the patterns and trends noted in the world of criminality. This allows students to make links with crime and other variables such as location, deprivation and educational background. Development - Students look at what makes a good quality of life and how these vary from place to place. The current state of global economics are considered while looking how Fair Trade can help develop and create a more equitable future. China - Students look into this global super power and consider the role China currently has and will have in the future. The concepts of sustainability are explored to consider what the future may hold for the country.
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Geography What will I learn? The course will give you an overview of the world in the 21st century and the interaction of people with the planet. It will help you understand environmental and social issues and develop informed opinions about the problems facing us today. The course covers 3 units: Living with the Physical Environment The challenge of natural hazards - Looking at Tectonic hazards, Tropical storms, Extreme weather in the UK and Climate change The Living World - Looking at Ecosystems, tropical rainforests and 1 topic from hot deserts or cold environments Physical landscapes in the UK - 2 topics from Coastal landscapes, River landscapes and Glacial landscapes. Challenges in the human Environment Urban issues and challenges - Looking at World population growth, Challenges and opportunities of Urban growth and change The Changing economic world - Looking at Global variations in economic development, Strategies for reducing the development gap. The Challenge of resource management - Looking at 1 topic from food, water and energy Geographical Applications Issue Evaluation - Critical thinking and problem solving of particular issues derived from secondary sources. Fieldwork - Collection of primary data in 2 contrasting geographical enquiries. How will I be assessed? In all papers the question types include; multiple choice, short answer, levels of response, extended prose. Geographical skills will be assessed in all papers Paper 1: Living with the physical environment - Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes, worth 35% of GCSE Paper 2: Challenges in the human environment - Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes, worth 35% of GCSE Paper 3: Geographical applications - Written exam: 1 hour, worth 30% of GCSE Pre-release resources available from 15 march in the year of the exam What could I move onto? Geography is a subject that can help you develop a wide range of skills including literacy, numeracy, team work, independent learning, problem solving, presentation, analysis, evaluation, graphical and cartographical and skills. These skills are sought by many employers. The subject content and skills can help you study Geography at A level and also many other subjects in the humanities and science. As a result, geographers study a wide range of subjects. Geography can be used as a stepping stone to a wide variety courses in Higher Education and many different careers; including environmental management, planning, law, surveying, education, accountancy, business social services, meteorology, engineering and GIS. Examination Board: AQA
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Lightcliffe Academy, Stoney Lane, Lightcliffe, Halifax, HX3 8TL Tel: 01422 201028 Fax: 01422 204615 contactus@lightcliffeacademy.co.uk Abbey Multi Academy Trust, c/o Chapter House, Abbey Grange Church of England Academy, Butcher Hill, Leeds, LS16 5EA Tel: 0113 257877 enquiries@abbeytrust.org
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