Geography - Year 10

In Year 10 students have five lessons a fortnight which are taught in mixed ability groups as they continue to study for their GCSE using the AQA GCSE Geography syllabus. The AQA syllabus and included topics that are studied as part of the AQA GCSE course have been selected to allow students to gain a broad understanding of the modern world that we live in and allow students the opportunity to develop an inter-connected understanding of how people interact with each other and our environments alongside the effects that our actions have on the wider world.

Students are taught Human Geography and Physical Geography topics in alternate lessons. This is designed to aid student's long-term retention of information and to make it easier for students to develop links between the two sides of the course.

Towards the end of Year 10 students will conduct two fieldwork enquiries to New Brighton as part of their syllabus. The two enquiries will be carried out in contrasting environments and will allow students to show an understanding of both physical and human geography. In one of the enquiries students will be expected to show an understanding about the interaction between physical and human geography. The fieldwork component is assessed in the paper 3 exam through questions that are based around students own fieldwork experience, known as familiar fieldwork questions. Students are also assessed on their ability to understand and interpret fieldwork data collected by other students, known as unfamiliar fieldwork questions. This will be assessed in both Year 10 ST2 and Year 11 ST1 examinations.

Topic  Overview  Assessment 
Natural Hazards Weather Hazards  
Students study what weather hazards are and how they are defined before moving on to look at Tropical Storms and their effects on People and the Environment.

Extreme weather events in the UK and their effect on people.

Climate change its causes, effects and the mitigation and adaptation to this as a process.  
This will be assessed within the ST1 Year 10 exam window using exam-style questions.

Exam question based homework's will be set throughout.

In-class recall quizzes.

Students must clearly demonstrate understanding of the various geographical processes and their impact on the environment at a range of scales.  
The Changing Economic World  
Students study the world based on economic development and the quality of life. Causes and consequences of development are analysed including how the development gap can be reduced. Economic futures in the UK will be analysed including how the UK's transport infrastructure has changed.  
This will be assessed within the ST1 Year 11 exam window using exam-style questions.

Exam question based homeworks' will be set throughout the topic.

In-class recall quizzes.  
Climate Change  
Students study climate change. This includes the evidence for climate change, natural and human factors that have led to climate change and the effects of it on people and the environment.  
This will be assessed within the ST1 Year 10 exam window using exam-style questions.

Exam question based homeworks' will be set throughout.

In-class recall quizzes.  
Ecosystems - Tropical Rainforests  
Students study what ecosystems are before progressing to analysing the effects of deforestation, including the economic and environmental conflicts that can occur. Using a Case Study students will Evaluate the Issues that occur during these conflicts.

Sustainable management of rainforests including development challenges and opportunities within named examples.
This will be assessed within the ST1 Year 10 exam window using exam-style questions.

Exam question based homeworks' will be set throughout.

In-class recall quizzes.

Students must demonstrate their knowledge of tropical rainforest environments and the specific geographical processes that occur. This includes the interrelationships that occur within the environment here  
Fieldwork And Fieldwork Preparation  
Students will prepare for, and complete two fieldtrips to New Brighton demonstrating contrasting environments. One fieldtrip will focus on the interaction between Human and Physical Geography.
The second day will focus on Human Geography aspects of the syllabus.

Emphasis will be placed on the student's ability to interpret fieldwork data, manipulate and work with data and present it appropriately.

Focus will also be upon students using previously unseen fieldtrip data to respond to exam questions.

Students must apply their knowledge and understanding to interpret analyse and evaluate geographical information and issues to make judgements based upon this.

Students must understand how to select, adapt, and use a variety of skills and techniques to investigate questions and issues and communicate their findings in a fieldwork context.
Presentation of student's own fieldtrip data and application of this to previously unseen example fieldtrip data known as unfamiliar fieldwork exam questions.

Assessed in Year 10 ST2 and the Year 11 ST1 assessment series.  

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