Geography is taught at Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8). Please see Humanities for the course taught at Key Stage 2 (Years 5 and 6).
Autumn Term: Topics 1 and 2
Topic 1: Making Connections
In this unit pupils will learn about the connections between places in different parts of the world. They will explore a variety of scales from local to international, and identify the difference between human and physical features.
Tasks include: Describing places, identifying human and physical features of a range of contrasting environments. Developing atlas/map work.
Topic 2: From Russia With Love
Pupils investigate factors which influence the population of a place, using Russia as the research case study. They will make links between people and their environments, location choice of settlements and identify reasons for rural-urban migrations. Year 7 will also explore how and why pollution and global warming is occurring, their affects and how these can be addressed.
Spring Term: Topics 3 and 4
Topic 3: Restless Earth
A volcanic eruption or an earthquake can be disasterous, especially if it is in a place where many people live. In this unit pupils will gain an understanding of what natural hazards are, where they occur, and assess and categorise the effects of earthquakes.
Tasks include: Create informative diagrams to explain hazard processes. Use case study examples to compare effects of earthquakes on MEDCs and LEDCs.
Topic 4: Changing China
To kick off this topic, human and physical features of China will be identified through a range of resources and an understanding of China's history developed. Pupils will evaluate human influences and changes within China, and make comparisons with the United Kingdom. Population change will be studied and graphed, cultural and traditional aspects explored and policies such as the One Child Policy will be investigated.
Summer Term: Topic 5
Topic 5: Fantastic Places
The purpose of this module is to stimulate an interest in and a sense of wonder about places. As the topic name suggests, the main emphasis is the key concept of place, developing students' 'geographical imaginations' of places at a variety of scales and understanding the physical and human characteristics of them. The key concept of space, knowing where places and landscapes studied are located and why they are there - in terms of the physical and human processes that have created, changed and sustained them.
Most of the places featured in this module are in extreme environments, places where human impact has been limited so far. The module begins in the Arctic and then moves from one of the coldest to one of the hottest places in the world - Death Valley. Pupils study a range of fascinating places across the globe.
Autumn Term: Topic 1
Topic 1: Development and Ghana
Development affects us all, but in very different ways. In this unit pupils identify countries in different states of development (LEDC’s & MEDC’s) and focus upon Ghana as an example of a less economically developed country (LEDC). Pupils are to decide how and why each country may be judged to be more or less economically developed, and assess a range of development indicator data.
Tasks include: North South Divide contrast writing. Ghana written assessment. Collating development indicator data from Atlas.
Spring Term: Topics 2 and 3
Topic 2: Environmental Issues
The world faces many environmental challenges, which in turn can have significant impacts. This unit looks at the challenges faced by the environment, such as endangered coral reefs and the marine species that live there, the causes and effects of global warming on the environment and renewable energy as a means of damage prevention. Pupils will also study climate and extreme weather events as part of this module.
Topic 3: Exploring the Middle East
In this module pupils will investigate the regions physical environment, culture, wealth and conflict. They will locate key features and create a range of choropleth map layers, each representing different information to analyse, compare and evaluate throughout the module. Working in groups, individual pupils will take on specific roles and conduct detailed internet research (biomes and climate zones) into their chosen country, producing a high standard PowerPoint to present to their peers.
Moving onto the human geography studies of the region, students will analyse the population distribution and learn about religion and culture. There will be focus on the Arabian Peninsula, its economy and the rapid development of cities such as Dubai. Pupils will then investigate conflict in the Middle East, exploring elements from historical boundaries, religious tension through to Islamic extremist groups.
Summer Term: Topic 4
Topic 4: Geography of Festivals
This unit builds on mapping skills and understanding environmental issues resulting from festivals. Pupils will use a range of mapping skills, identify key symbols, and plan routes to and from venues. They will look at environmental concerns and ways of tackling these issues.