Year Ten Unit Two: The living world
This unit is made up of Section B of Paper 1 of the AQA GCSE Geography specification. Students begin by looking at ecosystems, before studying tropical rainforest and hot desert environments.
AQA GCSE Geography specification:
- Ecosystems (at a range of scales)
- Tropical rainforest ecosystems
- Hot desert environments
- To be able to analyse a range of data relating to ecosystems and the changes affecting these and be able to use this data to compare and evaluate.
- To be able to analyse maps and diagrams to describe and explain locational patterns of the distribution and functions of ecosystems.
- Ability to understand geographical concepts and processes relating to the location and changes affecting ecosystems at different scales.
Links to previous study (where applicable):
- Links to Africa, studied in Year 7.
- Links to Ecosystems, studied in Year 8.
- Links to Weather and Climate, studied in Year 9 and in Unit 1 of Year 10.
Links to future study / the wider world (where applicable):
- Links to Sections C of Paper 1.
- Link to A Level e.g. AQA A Level – Hot Deserts and Landscapes and Ecosystems under stress.
Number of Lessons:
Sequence of lessons: Approx. 15 lessons (some lessons take longer than one hour to complete)
- OUP GCSE Geography Textbook for AQA: Pages 50-76
- Teacher-prepared PowerPoint activities for each lesson.
- GCSEpod clips for each component.
Method(s) of assessment:
- A number of exam style questions (4 – 12 marks) assessed during the topic.
- End of topic tests at the end of ‘Ecosystems and Tropical Rainforests’ and ‘Hot deserts’
- Assessed as part of June Mock in Year 10.
- Final assessment: assessed within Paper 1 (sat in May 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.