Head of Geography : Mr D Bennett d.bennett@kirkburtonmiddleschool.co.uk

Geography mission statement

Geography enables pupils to learn about their local area, their region, their country and the wider world.

Pupils will develop skills of enquiry, discussion, questioning, research, they will gain an understanding of globalisation, sustainability, multiculturalism, their place in the world and how they can help shape the future.

Current Human, Physical and Environmental topics will inspire pupils    and encourage motivation to learn.

Geography today is exploring and explaining the world we live in, by looking at the relationship between people and the environment.

The new geography national curriculum has been slimmed down but is based upon essential knowledge pupils need to acquire.

There is an increased emphasis on different regions and places around the world, understanding the importance of their location.

Renewed emphasis on human and physical processes by understanding how they operate and students gain an environmental understanding of human and physical working together.

Technical procedures of map work and fieldwork are reinforced.

Pupils at Kirkburton Middle School are taught:

Locational knowledge to

  • extend their locational knowledge and deepen their spatial awareness of the world’s countries using maps of the world to focus on Africa, Europe, Asia (including China and India), focusing on their environmental regions, including polar and hot deserts, key physical and human characteristics, countries and major cities

Place Knowledge to

  • understand geographical similarities, differences and links between places through the study of human and physical geography of a region within Europe, Africa, and of a region within Asia

Human and physical geography to

  • understand, through the use of detailed place-based exemplars at a variety of scales, the key processes in:
  • physical geography relating to: plate tectonics; rocks, limestone, weathering and soils; weather and climate, hydrology and coasts
  • human geography relating to: population and urbanisation; international development; economic activity in the primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary sectors; and the use of natural resources
  • understand how human and physical processes interact to influence, and change landscapes, environments and the climate; and how human activity relies on effective functioning of natural systems.

Geographical skills and fieldwork to

  • build on their knowledge of globes, maps and atlases and apply and develop this knowledge routinely in the classroom.
  • interpret Ordnance Survey maps in the classroom, including using grid references and scale, topographical and other thematic mapping, and aerial and satellite photographs
  • use fieldwork to collect, analyse and draw conclusions from geographical data.

Fieldwork to

  • to support physical geography, practice fieldwork skills and complete decision making exercises.

What career…?

Geography is a universally recognised facilitating subject, widely valued by colleges and universities all over the world for its ability to teach students transferable critical thinking and decision making skills.  Geography is the perfect subject to study alongside science and mathematics to create well rounded researchers, engineers and scientists.

Having a qualification in geography is vital for people wanting to become pilots or who want to work in education, mining or tourism.  All branches of the Armed Forces look for the team-work and leadership skills our subject embraces; likewise careers in conservation, exploration, logistics and the social sector highly value and demand all the skills we learn.

With a qualification in geography no career is closed off for you – in fact geography does the opposite; it takes you places other subjects cannot reach!

Autumn Year 6

Yorkshire and the Local Area

Students will study the Yorkshire region. Exercises identifying Yorkshire places will be completed. The political areas within Yorkshire will be mapped along with how Yorkshire sits within the British Isles and Europe.

Spring Year 6

Europe

Students will study the major physical European features along with the countries and their capitals.

Work will then focus on Italy. The village of Dolceacqua will be studied and comparisons made with our home area.

Summer Year 6

Weather

Elements that make up our weather will be studied. Students will look at how weather is recorded and instruments used. Weather forecasting will be analysed with students comparing their own observations against  weather forecasters predictions.

Autumn Year 7

Africa

Using the new highly acclaimed GA resources Into Africa pupils will study aspects of the African continent that are linked to our lives. This will include tourism, food, football, mobile phones and Comic Relief.

Problems of desertification and inadequate water supplies will be studied and how the issues are being addressed.

Mapwork

Students will be taught the skills needed to use an Ordnance Survey Map. This will include, grid references, map symbols, direction, height, and scale, enabling students to describe with accuracy a local route.

Spring Year 7

The restless Earth

Pupils study the structure of the earth looking at plates and plate margins. Earthquakes are studied in detail covering primary and secondary effects, the Richter scale and aid. Case studies will be produced by pupils completing their own front page account of a recent earthquake.

Summer Year 7

The three R’s; recycle, reuse, & reduce

Pupils will compare renewable and non-renewable energy resources, and how electricity is made. They will look at the advantages and disadvantages of nuclear power. Saving energy, global warming and related issues, greenhouse gasses, composting and sustainability.

Limestone

Students study the formation of limestone and associated features. Fieldwork at Clapham, in the Yorkshire Dales enables pupils to experience and see what they have been studying, visiting the Ingleborough show caves.
The effects of tourism and conflict are studied with pupils completing a decision making exercise, based on the village of Clapham..

Autumn Year 8

The fashion industry

Through the clothes in their wardrobes students will study globalization. Through group work they will analyse where their clothes were made, poplar brands and distances covered. Where money spent on clothing is investigated leading onto how workers are treated in developed and less developed countries.

Spring Year 8

Coastlines

A unit of work where students will study features of coastal deposition and erosion. By studying processes of erosion and deposition pupils will be able to understand how features such as spits and bars, headlands, cliffs, stacks and stumps are formed. Pupils will then study coastal management and how coastlines are protected.

A case study of the village of Happisburgh and the Norfolk coastline complete the unit.

Summer Year 8

Tourism

The development of tourism along with popular destinations and attractions will be analysed.

Tourism abroad and the positive and negative effects it has on developed and developing countries will be studied

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