Geography

Head of Department: Mrs Z Iqbal
Email: ziqbal@olsj.blackburn.sch.uk

Introduction

Geography is the study of Earth’s landscapes, peoples, places and environments. It is, quite simply, about the world in which we live. Geography is, in the broadest sense, an education for life and for living. Learning through geography helps us all to be more socially and environmentally sensitive, informed and responsible guardians of the world for future generations.

Year 7

Autumn 1: Planet Earth
Autumn 2: Map Work
Spring 1: Rivers
Spring 2: Africa
Summer 1: UK
Summer 2: Topic Work / Field work

Year 8

Autumn 1: Coasts
Autumn 2: Crime
Spring 1: Hazards
Spring 2: Weather
Summer 1: China
Summer 2: Landscapes

Year 9

Autumn 1: Physical Landscapes in the UK – Upland areas, River systems and Coastal Landscapes
Autumn 2: Physical Landscapes in the UK
Spring 1: Ecosystems – Tropical Rainforests
Spring 2: Ecosystems – Hot Deserts
Summer 1: Geographical Skills
Summer 2: Fieldwork 1

Year 10

Autumn 1: Natural Hazards
Autumn 2: Weather Hazards
Spring 1: Climate Change
Spring 2: The Development Gap – Rich and Poor countries
Summer 1: The Development Gap – Rich and Poor countries
Summer 2: Fieldwork 2

Year 11

Autumn 1: Issues evaluation
Autumn 2: Resource Management – Food, Water and Energy
Spring 1: Urban Issues and Challenges
Spring 2: Revision
Summer 1: Revision

How students are assessed

KS3: Interim, End of Unit Assessments and End of Year Exam

KS4: Interim + End of Unit Assessments.
Year 11: PPEs in November covering the topics they have learnt and March covering all topics

Guidance for pupils

  • Mentoring and after school revision on Thursday for KS4 .
  • Revision booklets are available for KS4.
  • Educational visits

How parents can help

  • BBC Bitesize is an excellent resource for revision.
  • Ensure students complete all homework, attend revision and revise at home.