We aim to provide the students at Wigston Academy with a topical, challenging curriculum designed to equip them with an understanding of local, national & international issues, which shape their lives now and in the future. We want our students to; • Develop an understanding of the awe and wonder of the world, to enable them to understand how people are living and changing where they live, for the better and worse. • Understand what it means to live in a globalised world. • Develop a strong sense of social and environmental responsibility. • Be inquisitive and develop the skills of working independently and collaboratively to be able to carry out research, analysis and presentation of information in a variety of forms. • Leave in Year 9 with a lifelong interest in the world and global issues. Students receive four hours a fortnight and one homework. Programme of study for 2019-2020 is below, amendments will be made for 2020-2021 onwards.
What is geography
• Types of geography
• Continents and oceans
• UK geography
• Religions of UK
• Geographical scale/Categories
Maps & Mapping • Atlas skills, longitude and latitude. • Direction, Map symbols • 4&6 figure grid reference • Distance, height, scale Development including Africa • What is development • How development is measured • LIDC, EDC and AC examples • Millennium development Goals • Where is Africa? • What life is like for people in Africa • Case studies of Maasai people/pirates.
Endangered ecosystems and environments
• What are ecosystems & biomes?
• Endangered ecosystems
• Tropical rain forest – species, destruction and management. • Our deciduous ecosystem• Coral reefs • Antarctica study Urbanisation & local study of Wigston • Types of settlement • Where people live • Greenfield and brownfield debate • What is urbanisation? • LIDC shanty towns • Counter urbanisation • Fieldwork to Wigston.
Russia & Natural resources • Russia – Location, climate, biomes, where people live. • Tourism • Chernobyl • Superpower status • Resources are and why running out • Oil & Gas in Russia • Solutions to resource depletion. Weather and Climate • Weather vs climate • Water cycle, rain and clouds • Beaufort scale • Micro climate investigation.
• Mitigation and adaptation • Personal responsibility
Economic activities • Primary, secondary, tertiary Quaternary. • Farming • Location of industry • Call centres & science parks Globalisation • TNCs • Sweatshops • Food miles • Trade & fair trade.
China & India
• Physical geography
• Issues; pollution, housing, water, culture.
• Superpower status. Glaciation, Rocks, Weathering & Soils • Rock types • Landscapes • Soil erosion • Glacial processes & features.
Coasts and Rivers
• Water cycles.
• Processes & features
• Management Endangered Ecosystems • What are ecosystems & biomes • Endangered ecosystems • Coral reefs • Palm oil • Plastic pollution.
RGS Project – Careers in Geography
• Why study geography
• Submit project for national judging at Royal Geographical Society.
Population • Demographic Transition Model • Population Pyramids • Ageing population • MigrationEndangered Ecosystems • What are ecosystems & biomes • Endangered ecosystems • Coral reefs • Palm oil • Plastic pollution
Rivers, Coasts & Glaciation
• Water cycle
• Processes & features
• Glacial processes & features GCSE unit Dynamic Development • Development indicators • Colonialism • Millennium Development Goals • Zambia case study • Top down, bottom up, aid, trade
• Polar Bears
• People who live there • Climate changeSkills • Global organisations • Geopolitics • Infrastructure • Sustainability • Graphicacy