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Geography

Objectives in geography

The broad geography curriculum at Ibstock is intended to develop and extend students’ knowledge of different locations, environments and processes at all scales, from local to global. Through geography students learn to understand major world issues and how people interact with their environments, helping to develop our student into global citizens. The curriculum is underpinned by several key concepts which students will revisit throughout their 3 years in Ibstock:

  • Place: The difference between them and how they are changing
  • Scale: Local, national, international and global
  • Interdependence: How places are linked through flows of people and resources
  • Cultural Understanding: Learning what it is like to live in different places
  • Sustainability: How resources can be managed for the benefit of future generations
  • Data analysis: Interpreting data to explain why something is as it is
  • Geographical Skills: Interpreting a range of geographical information including maps, diagrams, aerial photographs and GIS systems.

The Geography curriculum is planned and sequenced to enable students to apply their geographical knowledge, understanding, skills and approaches appropriately and creatively to real world contexts.

Year 7

In year 7, the geography curriculum consists of three units which are studied for a term each.

  • Map and Atlas Skills: A zombie apocalypse has hit the UK. Students will learn key atlas and map skills in order to survive.
  • The UK Uncovered: Students investigate what it is that makes up our island home. From the different countries, to the weather to the people.
  • Urbanisation: Students study how towns and cities have built up over time, why people move to cities, and what cities might look like in the future.

Year 8

In year 8, students’ study five units, with ‘Our Changing World’ being a large focus of the year.

  • Development Dynamics: Students explore different countries to answer why some countries are more developed than others.
  • Wild Weather: Students look at extreme weather in the UK and around the world, including rainstorms, heatwaves and hurricanes.  
  • Our Changing World: Students examine how climate change, pollution and deforestation is impacting our world, and what we can do to stop it.
  • Raging Rivers: Students learn how rivers interact with land to create landforms and cause flooding.
  • Fieldwork: Students learn and apply fieldwork skills to a topic from the year

Year 9

In year 9, students will study three units and prepare for their end of year assessment. Students will also build on key knowledge and skills in preparation for the move to GCSE. During year 9 students will study:

  • Extreme Earth: Students explore tectonic processes, the theory of plate tectonics, plate margins, volcanic landforms and earthquake hazards.
  • Population Problems: Students gain an understanding of how and why population distribution differs and changes as well as the impact this can have around the world.
  • The Geography of Crime:  Students use GIS systems to track crime across the UK and the world. They will investigate why some areas are more prone to certain crimes than others