Geography - Year 9

In Year 9 students have three lessons a fortnight which are taught in mixed ability groups as they begin to study for their GCSE. Students will study the AQA Geography Specification. 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.

The AQA Geography syllabus is linear and does not have tiered exam entry.

Topic  Overview  Assessment 
UK Physical Landscapes 
Students study an overview of the physical geography of the British Isles prior to the coastal landscapes topic.  
UK Physical landscapes will be assessed in the ST1 assessment alongside the coastal landscapes topic.  
Coastal Landscapes 
Students study the coastal zone and the interactions between the Sea and the Land. Processes studied include wave creation, erosion and associated coastal landscapes.

Deposition, and depositional landforms. Mass movement.

Processes such as the movement of waves and their effect on longshore drift and coastal zones.

Students will apply their map skills to be able to identify coastal landforms on a range of resources such as photos as well as Ordnance Survey maps.  
Coastal zones will be assessed in the ST1 exam window using example exam questions and papers to allow the students the best preparation for their Year 11 exams.

Exam-style questions will be set as regular homework to ensure understanding of exam language and expectations.

Regular 'recall quizzes' throughout the topic to test students recall from this and previous topics studied in Year 9.

Students will apply existing map skills to real life contemporary situations and develop arguments drawing on their own geographical knowledge and understanding.  
Urban Issues and Challenges  
Students study the pattern of urban change occurring globally and how this growth of urban areas creates opportunities and challenges for Urban areas.

Students will study a UK-based city that looks at the urban population and the city's location and importance in the wider world.  
The Urban Issues and Challenges topic will be assessed as part of the ST3 assessment window, alongside the Coastal Landscapes topic.

Exam-style questions will be set as regular homework to ensure understanding of exam language and expectations.


Regular 'recall quizzes' throughout the topic to test students recall from this and previous topics studied in Year 9.

Students will be able to make judgements on urban issues based on evidence presented to them.  
Natural Hazards- Tectonic Hazards  
Students study what a hazard is and how a Tectonic Hazard can be defined.

Students will study the theory of Plate Tectonics, Tectonic Margin types and associated landforms and hazards before studying two areas of contrasting development to analyse short and long term effects as well as the difference in responses to such events.  
The Tectonic hazards topic will be assessed as part of the ST2 assessment window, alongside the Coastal Landscapes topic.

Exam-style questions will be set as regular homework to ensure understanding of exam language and expectations.

Regular 'recall quizzes' throughout the topic to test students recall from this and previous topics studied in Year 9.  
Geographical Skills  
Students study select geographical skills that are identified as being key to students' ability to access and understand areas of their GCSE assessments.

Skills assessed will include;
Use of 4 and 6 figure grid references with OS maps.
Creating a cross section from an OS map/contour map example
Accurate use of scale
Calculation and explanation of the usefulness of measures of central tendency including mean, median and mode.  
These skills will be assessed in lesson time through successful completion of the skills tasks set and exam-style questions.  

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