- Years 7 & 8 Curriculum
Years 7 & 8 Curriculum - Geography
|Half Term||YEAR 7||YEAR 8|
|Autumn 1||Map & atlas skills
Students develop their skills in using atlas and map skills. They will focus on how to navigate atlases and will develop key skills in measuring scale; 4/6 figure grid references; identifying map symbols and developing other navigational skills.
|Our risky world
This unit introduces students to ‘Natural Hazards’. There is a focus upon tectonic hazards (earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes) with students adopting a “cause, effect, management” approach to these hazards. Case studies will allow students to contextualise their learning whilst developing their evaluation skills in what are the best methods to protect HICs and LICs from these risks. This unit will allow for further development of atlas and map reading skills developed throughout Year 7 and begins to get students to consider thinking holistically about the links between ‘physical’ and ‘human’ geography.
|Autumn 2||Fantastic Jurassic
Students develop their understanding of key geographical processes and landforms found along our local stretch of UNESCO coastline. This topic allows students to embed the map skills learned earlier in the year and provides an opportunity to study some of the most interesting physical geography on our planet.
|Spring 1||Cold environments
Students begin studying some of the most extreme environments on earth, starting with polar climates. They will learn how to explain differences in temperature around the World; consider animal/human adaptations and will begin to identify the opportunities of exploiting polar environments. However, the challenges of unchecked exploitation will also be considered, allowing students to evaluate human impact on such environments.
|Spring 2||Hot deserts
In this unit students will develop their opportunities/challenges approach (as seen in Spring 1) but for another extreme environment – hot deserts. Consideration will be given to environmental, social and economic impacts for a variety of desert environments around the World.
|Summer 1||Tropical rainforests
Building on from the skills learned in Key Stage 2, this unit is a favourite for many. Students will consider the location of TRFs around the World and will evaluate the opportunities and challenges arising from wide spread deforestation. They will study the Amazon Rainforest as a case study and begin to evaluate the varying impacts of such exploitation on different stakeholders, including the international community.