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Falinge Park High School

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Geography

Ms S Holmes – Head of Geography

“The study of Geography stimulates an interest in and a sense of wonder about places. It helps young people make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world. It explains where places are, how places and landscapes are formed, how people and their environment interact, and how a diverse range of economies, societies and environments are interconnected.”

– Royal Geographical Society

Compelling Learning in Geography

At Key Stage 3 the Geography Department aims to instil a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. Pupils will gain knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.

At Key Stage 4 pupils will develop and extend their knowledge of locations, places, environments and processes, and of different scales including global; and of social, political and cultural contexts. They will gain understanding of the interactions between people and environments, change in places and processes over space and time.

Curriculum

Year 7 Geography Curriculum Autumn Term
Raging Rivers and Fierce Floods.
Enquiry 1: Will Miss Allen ever need to move office due to the flooding of the River Spodden?
Crazy Climate Change.
Enquiry 2: How are humans changing the atmosphere, from a local scale to a global scale?

Year 8 Geography Curriculum  Autumn Term
Renewable vs Non -Renewable.
Enquiry 1: Should Rochdale develop more sustainable resources?
Development Dilemmas. 
Enquiry 2: Why are some people happier in certain countries compared to others?

Year 9 Geography Curriculum  Autumn Term
Differing Development
Enquiry 1: Redeveloping Rio – Why is the Olympics 2016 so controversial?
Enquiry 2: Why is redevelopment necessary in Rochdale?
Intriguing India
Enquiry 1: Why is India classed as an NIC?
Enquiry 2: Why has Dilip changed his name to David?

Year 10 GCSE Geography – OCR B Specification  Autumn Term
The new GCSE is split into three sections for examination. Our natural world is based on Physical Geography and includes the following four topics, whilst also incorporating fieldwork and the use of geographical skills.

  • Changing Climate
  • Distinctive Landscapes

Year 11 GCSE Geography – Edexcel B Specification Autumn Term.
The existing GCSE is also split into three sections for examination.
The pupils will be completing their Paper 1 study.
In the first half of the Autumn Term of Year 11 the topics covered will be:

  • Coastal change and conflict
  • Oceans on the edge.

In the second half of the Autumn Term of Year 11 the pupils will start studying for Paper 2. Topics covered will be:

  • Population Dynamics
  • Consuming Resources
Enrichment

Starting from September 2016 pupils at KS3 will be able to attend the “Geography in the news” club.

Pupils will also carry out various fieldwork projects throughout KS3 and KS4. In KS3 they will investigate through local fieldwork within the school grounds, sketching the impressive Scout Moor Wind Farm, as well as visiting the local River Spodden.

At KS4 they will investigate through more national fieldwork, visiting the Holderness coast for their physical geography element of the course.

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