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About Consilium

Consilium Academies is a multi-academy Trust working across the North of England. It has nine academy schools located in Yorkshire, the North West, and the North East. Consilium is dedicated to enriching lives and inspiring ambitions for both students and colleagues.

Geography

Head of Department Mrs S Leadbeater

At Moorside High School, we aim for a Geography curriculum that inspires pupils to be passionate about diversity, in both the human world and the vast range of landscapes found on Earth. To develop this passion, we aim to enable pupils to communicate effectively through discussion, debate and the use of a wide range of analytical/enquiry skills using a variety of information sources. We encourage pupils to be curious and to generate their own questions, which can often take us in many directions and stimulate focused discussion. We aim for our students to add to their knowledge of places both within the UK and outside of the UK and investigate real world issues, using investigative skills, which are soundly based in the principles of geographical fieldwork. Students are encouraged to make connections between people’s actions and the environment and to consider current issues. This includes helping students to develop their own Geography which is unique to our students here in Salford.

We also intend to support our students in continuing with their learning journey at KS4 and KS5. A large number of our students go on to study Geography at GCSE (102 starting in September 2020) and then on to A level. We have worked hard to make sure our curriculum decisions and KS4 choices sit well with the opportunities offered to our pupils here in Salford and are sequenced in a way to maximize their potential futures, including our specification choices.

Curriculum Overview

Year 7

  • Autumn Term 1: Earth's natural resources and sustainability
  • Autumn Term 2: Why do economies matter?
  • Spring Term 1: Why do we need to study the weather and climate?
  • Spring Term 2: Fieldwork on local weather and climate compared to Russia
  • Summer Term 1: Fieldwork on local weather and climate compared to Russia
  • Summer Term 2: Do we need to manage rivers?

Year 8

  • Autumn Term 1: Population change
  • Autumn Term 2: Sustainable development
  • Spring Term 1: What happens when land meets the sea? Coasts
  • Spring Term 2: Fieldwork on coastal location in the North West of England
  • Summer Term 1: Fieldwork on coastal location in the North West of England
  • Summer Term 2: How is Asia being transformed?

Year 9

  • Autumn Term 1: Reducing the risk of living with hazards
  • Autumn Term 2: Challenges and opportunities in Africa
  • Spring Term 1: Why is the Middle East an important global region?
  • Spring Term 2: Why is the Middle East an important global region?
  • Summer Term 1: Climate change
  • Summer Term 2: Deforestation for economic gain

Year 10

  • Autumn Term 1: Coastal landscapes of the UK
  • Autumn Term 2: Urban issues and challenges
  • Spring Term 1: River landscapes of the UK
  • Spring Term 2: The living world - ecosystems and hot deserts
  • Summer Term 1: The living world - ecosystems and hot deserts
  • Summer Term 2: The changing economic world

Year 11

  • Autumn Term 1: Natural hazards
  • Autumn Term 2: The Challenge of resource management and energy
  • Spring Term 1: The Challenge of resource management and energy
  • Spring Term 2: Issue evaluation
  • Summer Term 1: Revision
  • Summer Term 2: Revision