It focuses on the trend of rising life expectancy and the geographical patterns this produces at both global and local levels. Reasons for longer life are explored, as are the issues raised by society having an ever-increasing proportion of older people. Possible futures - if current trends continue - are also looked at. In addition to the challenges that society faces, the contribution that older people make is recognised - including celebrity pensioners.
The tight focus on life expectancy means that this self-contained unit can complement population work at GCSE without exhausting all of the themes that will be studied at KS4. Moreover, the important issues addressed here - notably the role that young people may face as carers and the challenges they may themselves face one day - could make this a vital demographic-geographic unit for children to follow at KS3.
The upkeep of a weekly Risk Diary is a particularly engaging element of the module. The geographical imagination of learners will develop as they are encouraged to keep a notebook that documents all of the rules and regulations operating in their local environment whose aim it is to help keep people safe and well and living to a ripe old age - from traffic lights to food packaging labels.
Long life geography
This section explores how life expectancy varies between different countries and how variations in life expectancy also occur according to income, occupation and gender
Why are people living longer?
This section looks at the reasons why people now live longer than they ever have done
Long life futures
This section explores how science is extending life-spans even further and where this research is taking place
Where is Granny going?
This section looks at how a population pattern is caused by age-selective migration in the UK and discusses why some places have high numbers of older people, bringing both challenges and opportunities
This section explores the issue of caring for the elderly
This optional lesson is for students to think about how their lives are regulated by health and safety legislations