Year Ten Unit Four: The Urban World
This unit is made up of Section A of Paper 2 of the AQA GCSE Geography specification. Students begin by looking at how the world is becoming increasingly urbanised world, before studying Rio de Janeiro as a case study of a city in a Newly Emerging Economy, the case study of Bristol as a major UK city and Freiburg as a case study of a sustainable city, plus sustainable traffic management in Singapore and Beijing.
AQA GCSE Geography specification:
- NEE city: Rio de Janeiro.
- UK major city: Bristol.
- Urban sustainability: Freiburg, Singapore, Beijing.
- Ability to evaluate evidence and reach conclusions e.g. ‘To what extent can urban sustainability be achieved?’
- Ability to use maps and graphs and apply maths skills. e.g. by using a map to identify patterns in the growth of megacities at a global scale.
- Ability to understand geographical concepts and processes relating to urban change.
Links to previous study (where applicable):
- Links to Living in the UK, studied in Year 7
- Link to prior learning at KS4 – applying learning to exam-style questions relating to KSU.
Links to future study / the wider world (where applicable):
- Links to Sections B and C of Paper 2.
- Link to A Level e.g. AQA A Level – Contemporary Urban Environments.
- Links to Living in the UK and Flooding studied in Year 7
- Links to Rivers, Coasts and Glaciation, studied in Year 8.
- Links to Weather and Climate, studied in Year 9 and in Unit 1 of Year 10.
Number of Lessons: Approx. 21 lessons (some lessons take longer than one hour to complete)
Sequence of lessons:
NEE City: Rio de Janeiro
UK major city: Bristol
- OUP GCSE Geography Textbook for AQA: Pages 148-190
- Teacher-prepared PowerPoint activities for each lesson.
- GCSEpod clips for each component.
Method(s) of assessment:
- End of topic assessment: 1 hour test at end of topic: mixture of 1,2, 4 and 6 mark questions. One 9 + 3 SPaG mark question.
- Assessed as part of December Mock in Year 11.
- Forms part of the Paper 2 mock exam, in March of Year 11.
- Final assessment: assessed within Paper 2 (sat in June of Year 11)
Use of assessment result(s):
- Used to identify areas of weakness in terms of knowledge and skills. Addressed throughout the remainder of the course.