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The Painsley Catholic Academy was established in 2012. We are the largest Catholic multi-academy company in the Archdiocese of Birmingham.

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Geography (Y7-13)

Intent: To develop inquisitive minds. To enjoy all aspects of Geography-place, location, physical and human geography and the development of their geographical skills

To deliver a curriculum which provides students with the skills, knowledge and experiences that helps them to understand how both physical and human environments change over time.

Subject staff

Mrs E Biddulph - Curriculum Leader 

Miss L Noden

Miss J Manfredi 

Miss E McAdam

Curriculum Overview

In Year 7 students practise their geographical skills through the Introduction to Geography unit. A range of maps, places and locations are studied throughout Year 7. In the unit of work on population and settlement, students' study traditional land use zones of the UK, how these zones are changing and the impacts of an increasing global population. Physical Geography units are also introduced covering the landscapes of rivers and coasts. There are out of classroom learning opportunities including fieldwork investigations measuring infiltration rates around the school grounds.

In Year 8 students develop their understanding of the wider world. They are encouraged to both physical geography processes, describing and explaining how landforms are formed and question the environmental impact of human activity. The units covered are; Tropical Rainforests, Tectonics, Glaciation, Contrasting Landscapes to the UK, Asia.

In the Autumn Term of Year 9 the unit s covered develop a secure knowledge of Climate Change, Globalisation and Geographical Skills. These concepts are then used throughout the up coming GCSE course. A module called Urban Issues and challenges is studied where students are required to study population growth, the impacts of urbanisation and have an in depth understanding of a major UK city and a city in LIC or NEE.

The Autumn Term begins with the Living World module, focusing on both the tropical rainforest and hot desert ecosystem. In the Spring Term students are focussed on Changing Economic World, as study of global inequality. In addition there is also a focus on how the uK economy is changing, how our places of work have and will change. In the summer term students study UK landscapes of rivers.

In the final year of GCSE study, the curriculum covers The Challenge of Natural Hazards (tectonics, tropical storms and climate change). Student complete two fieldwork investigations and prepare for their  Geographical Applications paper.

Years taught:

Y7-13

Specification:

GCSE - AQA Geography

A-Level - Edexcel Geography

Curriculum Rationale 

 Curriculum Mapping 

Extra Curricular

Disaster club is offered each week. Students attending are set practical challenges, such as ‘Can you build an earthquake proof house, can you create a model volcano?'

The Disaster club also offers additional information and guidance linking to real world events such as the earthquake in Syria and Turky. Fieldwork is developed in all year groups, ranging from use of the school grounds, local area studies, use of Cannock Chase and residential trips for A-Level students.

Revision Materials

GCSE Geography Resources  

Useful Links

Year 12

KEY STAGE 5

A Level Year 1   Pearson Edexcel Geography

Year 12

Paper 1: Physical Geography

Paper 2: Human Geography

Study Area 1 Dynamic Landscapes, Topic 1 - Tectonic processes and hazards

Study Area 1 Dynamic Landscapes, Topic 2 Landscape Systems, Processes and Change

+ SKILLS AND STATISTICS

Study Area 2 Dynamic Places, Topic 3 - Globalisation, Superpowers

Study Area 2 Dynamic Places, Topic 4 - Shaping Places

RURAL Sub-topic 4A - Regenerating Places

+ SKILLS AND STATISTICS

Spring  Term

Spring  Term

Paper 1: Physical Geography

Study Area 1 Dynamic Landscapes, Topic 2 Landscape Systems, Processes and Change

Sub-topic 2B - Coastal Landscapes and Change, includes fieldwork along the North Wales coastline

Paper 2: Human Geography

Study Area 2 Dynamic Places, Topic 4 - Shaping Places

URBAN Sub-topic 4A - Regenerating Places, includes urban fieldwork to compare success of schemes in Manchester and Liverpool CBDs

FIELDWORK:

URBAN – Birmingham

RURAL - Ludlow

Summer Term

Summer Term

Paper 1: Physical Geography

Study Area 3, Topic 6: The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security

 

Paper 4: Independent Investigation

Year 13

A Level Year 2   Pearson Edexcel Geography

Year 13

Autumn Term

Autumn Term

Cont. Paper 1: Physical Geography

Study Area 3, Topic 6: The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security

 

Paper 2: Human Geography

Study Area 4, Topic 7: Superpowers

Paper 3 practice

REVISE FOR MOCK EXAMS

PAPERS 2 AND 3

Spring  Term

Spring  Term

Paper 1: Physical Geography

Study Area 3, Topic 5: The Water Cycle and Water Security

Paper 3: Synoptic paper physical geography specific resources

 

MOCK EXAM PAPER 1

MOCK EXAMS PLUS DETAILED FEEDBACK ON BOTH PAPERS

Study Area 4, Topic 8B: Global Development and Connections - Migration, Identity and Sovereignty

Paper 3: Synoptic paper – both human geography specific resources and synopticity across the whole A level

MOCK EXAM PAPER 3

Summer 2

Summer 1

Revision and Final Exams

Revision and Final Exams