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Geography 2019-20

At Richard Coates we aim to prompte a high-quality geography education which inspires pupils to have a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.

Teaching will aim to equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.

Year 5

During the first term pupils are introduced to the eight point compass, four and six figure coordinates, map symbols and keys. This supports them in using an ordnance survey map and an atlas to discover more about locations in the British Isles as well as the wider world. This topic culminates in the pupils creating their own Treasure maps.

Pupils then study do a country study of Egypt, looking at the human and physical geography of Egypt, as part of their focus on an Economically Developing Country. This also ties in closely with their studies in history.

In the final term pupils will take part in a lacality study and  investigate an area which contrasts with their own locality; comparing the town of Amble, which we visit, with the Ponteland environment. Whenever appropriate, all pupils are encouraged to use ICT in their studies.


Year 6

Pupils initially identify the main characteristics of a mountain environment and learn how mountains are formed. This links with climate in mountainous regions and how the weather affects tourism and work. Pupils achieve this through the investigation of primary mountain ranges throughout the world.

Pupils then do a country study of Brazil, looking at the human and physical geography of Brazil, as part of their focus on an Economically Developing Country

Finally pupils learn about the parts of a river and how rivers erode, including how rivers can affect the landscape. This is achieved through the study of major rivers, seas and oceans of the world.

Pupils will have the opportunity to use ICT throughout these topics and whenever possible, they are encouraged to carry out further research and investigations. This is to aid the development of these skills in preparation for KS3.


Year 7

Pupils cover a variety of topics, in Year 7. They begin with the topic ‘Making Connections’ and the main purpose of this is to further develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of places and how they are connected. They then study ‘Tectonic Processes’ where pupils study the global distribution of earthquakes and volcanoes and their relationship with the boundaries of crustal plates.

In the ‘People Everywhere’ unit pupils look at aspects of population growth, structure and distribution and why populations are growing and we are living longer. They then study ‘Exploring England’ where pupils investigate how England fits into the wider context of the U.K and the British Isles.

To conclude Year 7, pupils study flood disaster. All pupils will have the opportunity to use ICT thought out their studies.


Year 8

Pupils begin with the topic of ‘World Sport’ in Year 8. Through the theme of sport, pupils learn about how to investigate changes in patterns, places and current trends in human Geography. In this topic there is a heavy emphasis on the 2012 London Olympics.

Next pupils investigate an Economically Developing Country, ‘New India’. Pupils study the geographical features of India, the impact of landscape, weather and wealth on the lives of the people and how these factors influence the distribution and occupations of the population.

Next pupils study ‘Crime and the Local Community’ and are given the opportunity to investigate the Geography of conflict. To conclude Year 8, the year pupils look at the ‘The Global Fashion Industry’. All pupils have the opportunity to use ICT thought out their studies.

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