Geography

As a department we would like our students to experience a sense of awe and wonder as we explore the geography of the world and UK. As we move through the geographical journey, students will develop knowledge and understanding of the processes and interactions that shape the world and closer to home the UK. We shall promote diversity through the students’ studies developing cultural awareness and respect of different communities, including our own British values. We shall encourage our students to be active global citizens through their development of an understanding of the importance of sustainability and the future of the world. Throughout this process we shall be developing and revisiting geographical skills that students can then use in later life.

In short we would like our students to develop into Geographical Apples

Awe and wonder
Processes and interactions
Personal responsibilities
Locational knowledge
Essential geographical skills
Sustainability

Term Year 7 Modules Year 8 Modules
What is a geographer? One planet, many people. How are populations changing?
Autumn In this module we shall explore what it means to be a geographer. We shall investigate the difference between physical and human geography and learn about the countries of Europe and North and South America. We shall understand how we locate places in the world including latitude and longitude and grid references. We shall also develop our map skills. In this unit we explore the distribution and density of populations globally and how this has changed over time. We investigate how countries like Russia and China try to modify their population characteristics. Migration and the affect this has on areas such as the countryside and cities is also investigated.
How do we use our planet as a natural resource? What is Development?
Autumn In this unit we shall investigate the different elements that make up our planet and how rocks are formed and used in our everyday lives. We study the world’s biomes and look at the features of rainforests. We study how the world uses natural resources like oil and gas and understand the difference between renewable and non-renewable resources. We learn what the term development means and how it is measured across the globe. We explore inequalities across the globe and understand how actions by individual governments and communities can help encourage development.
What is an economy, from local to global? What happens when the land meets the sea?
Spring In this module we shall learn the difference between weather and climate, and the elements that make up the two. We shall learn how to record and present weather data. We shall also consider the different climate zones of the world. We shall develop an understanding of how erosion deposition and transportation create and change coastal landforms over time. We discuss how the coast is used by people and how this leads to different coastal management strategies. We continue to practice our map skills by identifying different coastal landforms.
What is weather and climate? Diverse and dynamic: How is Asia being transformed.
Spring In this module we shall learn the difference between weather and climate, and the elements that make up the two. We shall learn how to record and present weather data. We shall also consider the different climate zones of the world. We investigate the diverse physical and human geography of Asia and how this leads to Asia being considered a continent of change. We consider how Asia is connected with the rest of the world.
The geography of Russia Can we ever know enough about earthquakes and volcanoes to live safely?
Summer We learn where Russia is located and explore the physical and human geography of Russia, such as the weather and climate of Russia and how this affects where the population is distributed. We conclude the unit by investigating the global connections Russia has. We shall study the theory of plate tectonics and explore how earthquakes and volcanoes are linked to plate tectonics, and how they are hazards for people living nearby. We shall discover how scientists attempt to predict, manage and prevent these hazards.
Why are rivers important? What is the future for the planet? A geographer’s view
Summer We begin by studying the water cycle and how rivers are formed. We explore how erosion transportation and deposition create different landforms along the river. We learn how to recognise these landforms from O/S maps. We conclude by discussing how rivers are important for people. In this unit we shall investigate the topic of climate change, and explore why it is a controversial topic. We shall look at the evidence for climate change, and the physical and human causes of climate change through history. We shall discuss the possible consequences of climate change for our lives in the future.