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Geography (Key Stage 3)

 

Year 7

What will pupils study this year?

 

 

 

 Autumn Term

 Passport to Geography

 Aims: to provide pupils with differing experiences of geography a foundation in the key concepts and skills associated with the subject; to stimulate a curiosity in their local area, their country and their planet.

 Pupils will study; a variety of fundamental map skills including 4 figure grid references, scale and contour lines; the physical geography of the British Isles including the major mountain ranges and rivers; important aspects of the UK’s human geography including life in rural and urban areas; the history of the United Kingdom and the key differences between the UK, Great Britain and the British Isles; the social and economic opportunities available in a large city such as Manchester; the reasons why China, India and Brazil have become world superpower countries.

 Links to GCSE specification: AO4 Geographical Skills

 Spring Term

 Rivers & Coasts

 Aims: to develop pupils knowledge and understanding of key physical processes and how they lead to the creation of landforms; to appreciate the importance of rivers and coasts within the water cycle; to consider how human interactions with rivers and coasts can present opportunities and challenges.

 Pupils will study; coastal and fluvial processes such as erosion and weathering; coastal and fluvial landforms such as headlands/bays, meanders and oxbow lakes; the significance of the Jurassic Coast in terms of geology and tourism; how management strategies can be used to protect coastal areas and areas alongside rivers; the causes and effects of flooding; how a river changes from source to mouth; the importance of the River Ganges to the people of India.

 Links to GCSE specification: 3.1.3 UK Physical Landscapes

 Summer Term

 Brilliant Brazil

 Aims: to deepen pupils locational knowledge of a major world country; to develop knowledge and understanding of the tropical rainforest biome; to address key questions about the positives and negatives of hosting major sporting events.

 Pupils will study; the physical characteristics of the Amazon rainforest; the lives of tribal people in the Amazon rainforest; the causes and consequences of deforestation; the features of Brazil’s population; life in Brazil’s urban areas; the causes and effects of the Zika virus; the positives and negatives of Brazil hosting the Olympic Games.

 Links to GCSE specification: 3.1.2 The Living World

 

Year 8

What will pupils study this year?

 

 

 

 Autumn Term

 A Risky World?

 Aims: To extend locational knowledge by focusing on Asia (and Oceania). To develop an understanding of plate tectonics, geological timescales, and rocks; to continue to develop pupil’s wider world locational knowledge; interpreting thematic maps. 

 Pupils will study; natural hazards and map plate boundaries (using longitude and latitude); impacts and responses to earthquakes in Kashmir and New Zealand; volcanos in the USA and their impacts using aerial/satellite photography and GIS; climate change and global warming.

 Links to GCSE specification 3.1.1 The challenge of natural hazards.

 Spring Term

 Urban World

 Aims: To develop understanding of key concepts and processes such as urbanisation; to develop locational knowledge of a NEE/LIC country; to consider how urban life can be made more sustainable.

 Pupils will study; urban growth rates around the world and the reasons for this; life in a megacity; the opportunities and challenges of urbanisation; life in a NEE/LIC; UK population; decline and regeneration of UK cities; sustainable living in cities including transport.

 Links to GCSE specification: 3.2.1 Urban issues and challenges.

 Summer Term

 Globalising World

 Aims: To develop understanding of key concepts and processes such as economic development and globalisation; to deepen understanding of differences in economic development and how this can be addressed; to use evidence to make judgements; to consider changes in the UK’s economy.

 Pupils will study; what development is and how it is measured; the causes of the development gap; strategies aimed to close the development gap; how the UK economy has changed over time; the north-south divide; the process of globalisation; the positives and negatives of globalisation.

 Links to GCSE specification: 3.2.2 The changing economic world.