Spring 2

Paper 2: Urban Environments

This half term, Year 10 will begin to study the urban environment. They will learn about the characteristics of cities and how this change due to migration. Building on this, they begin to apply this knowledge to 2 case studies; Mumbai, India and Birmingham, UK, to understand how urbanisation creates both opportunities and challenges for those who live there. Finally, students will learn about how cities can become more sustainable in their growth to cope with the rising population.

How parents can get involved:

  • Encourage your child to complete their homework each week.
  • Ask your child how the challenges of cities are different in MICs and HICs.
  • Test your child on their key words – these are in their exercise books.

Spring 1

The Living World

In this unit, students will learn about the fragility of 3 main ecosystems (temperate, tropical rainforests and hot deserts). Students will gain an understanding of the value of resources found in tropical rainforest and the impact on the environment and the economy when these are removed. They will then consider how this environment can be sustainably managed by deep diving into the Amazon rainforest whose deforestation rates are rapidly increasing despite targets set at COP26. Towards the end of the unit, students will learn about the Thar desert on the border of India and Pakistan, considering the challenges of economic development in this region.

Autumn 2

Natural Hazards

In this unit, pupils will gain an understanding about the causes, effects and responses associated with atmospheric hazards (floods and tropical storms) through the case studies of Typhoon Haiyan and Somerset Levels. Pupils will then study the causes of climate change, and how they, as geographers can investigate the rate in which it is occurring. They will consider the impacts of race and wealth equity of the progression of climate change.

Towards the end of half term students will begin to learn about the importance of different ecosystems e.g. tropical rainforests and consider the threat to their existence. They will gain an appreciation for how human activity changes these landscapes at both a local and global scale.

Autumn 1

Natural Hazards

In this unit, pupils will gain an understanding about the causes, effects and responses associated with both tectonic hazards (earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis) and atmospheric hazards (floods and tropical storms) through a range of contrasting case studies. Pupils will then study the causes of climate change and how they, as geographers, can investigate the rate in which it is occurring.