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In studying Geography at Framingham Earl, we would hope that students develop an understanding of some of the major challenges that our world faces today, from overpopulation and pressure on resources to the impacts of the climate crisis. We hope that through developing a deeper understanding of physical processes, causes and consequences of what is happening to our world, that our young people feel knowledgeable to be able to make an informed decision on what they would like to see change for their future and to gain an understanding of how they, as individuals and as global citizens, can have an impact.   

All students study Geography in Years 7, 8 and 9. At the end of Year 9 the students have the 

option to continue to study Geography GCSE. Over the course of a year students will study a variety of Physical and Human Geography units, through the form of an enquiry, within which Geographical skills are embedded within each enquiry unit. Each enquiry unit is assessed with a final piece of work to show an understanding of the work they have undertaken that half term. Although we will only report on three enquiry units per year group, per year, as referred to below.  

Fieldwork enquiry is an important component of Geographical study and is now a compulsory examined element of the GCSE and A Level Geography course. Students will therefore be given the opportunity to engage in at least one fieldwork enquiry each year, which will directly relate to the curriculum enquiry units, as referred to below.  

Key Stage 3 

Year 7 

Term 

Content 

Assessment 

Proposed fieldwork  

Autumn Term 1 

Where would you like to go on an expedition? 

 

 

Autumn Term 2 

Why are maps important tools for Geographers? 

Map Skills short answer question test.    (Geographical Skills). 

 

Spring Term 1 

What different ecosystems do we have on Earth? 

 

 

Spring Term 2 

What different ecosystems do we have on Earth? 

Global Ecosystems multiple-choice test. (Physical Geography). 

Plant adaptations and uses - ecosystems enquiry – Kew Gardens. 

Summer Term 1 

What contemporary geographical issues does our world face? 

Contemporary Geographical Issues leaflet. (Human Geography). 

 

Summer Term 2 

What contemporary geographical issues does our world face? 

 

 

 

Year 8  

Term 

Content 

Assessment 

Proposed fieldwork  

Autumn Term 1 

Why is the Middle East a significant region of the world? 

Middle East multiple-choice test. (Human Geography). 

 

Autumn Term 2 

How do countries develop over time? 

 

 

Spring Term 1 

What river processes shape our UK landscape? Inc. an enquiry. 

Rivers short answer question test. (Physical Geography). 

 

Spring Term 2 

How has the global population changed over time? 

 

 

Summer Term 1 

What is happening to our coastline? 

Coasts enquiry poster (Geographical skills). 

Coastal processes and management enquiry. 

Summer Term 2 

What is happening to our coastline? 

 

 

 

Year 9 

Term 

Content 

Assessment 

Proposed fieldwork  

Autumn Term 1 

What are the impacts of our hazardous earth? 

 

 

Autumn Term 2 

What are the impacts of our hazardous earth? 

Natural hazards multiple choice assessment. (Physical Geography). 

 

Spring Term 1 

What is urbanisation? 

 

Urban change enquiry - Stratford London.  

Spring Term 2 

Which natural resources should we be harnessing today? 

Natural resources short answer question test. (Human Geography). 

 

Summer Term 1 

What is the difference between weather and climate? 

Weather and Climate fact file. (Geographical skills). 

 

Summer Term 2 

What is globalisation? 

 

 

 

Key Stage 4 

Our Key Stage 4 programme of study follows the AQA Geography GCSE specification, for teaching across two years. Most Physical Geography (Paper 1) topics are taught in Year 10 and most Human Geography (Paper 2 topics) are taught in Year 11. It is a necessity for students to undertake two days of Fieldwork at GCSE level. To fulfil this criteria, we take students to investigate Coastal Processes and Management in Southwold in Year 10 and we take students to Cambridge to investigate Land Use in Year 11. To further support the Fieldwork questions in Paper 3, Geographical skills exam, we offer a bi-annual residential UK based trip to one of the Field Studies Council properties and a bi-annual residential International trip. Throughout the course students are assessed against exam style questions.  

 

Year 10 

Term 

Content 

Autumn Term  

The challenge of Natural Hazards. (Paper 1 topic).  

Spring Term  

The Living World. (Paper 1 topic).  

Summer Term  

Physical Landscapes of the UK. (Paper 1 topic). Focus on Rivers and Coasts, including Coastal Fieldwork. (Paper 3 topic). 

The Changing Economic World. (Paper 2 topic).  

 

Year 11 

Term 

Content 

Autumn Term  

The Changing Economic World continued. (Paper 2 topic).  

Urban Issues and Challenges (Paper 2 topic) including Urban Fieldwork. (Paper 3). 

Spring Term  

Urban Issues and Challenges continued. (Paper 2 topic).  

Resource Management. (Paper 2 topic). Global focus on Energy. 

Summer Term  

Issue Evaluation – pre-release materials. (Paper 3). 

Revision and Exams.  

 

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