The King's School Grantham

Isaac Newton's School

    Year 7 Geography Curriculum

    Key topics to be taught this year:

    Autumn Term

    Topic

    Further details about the topic/key questions that will be explored

    1

    Settlement

    What is Geography?

    How to be a good Geographer?

    What is a settlement?

    What do the terms site and situation mean?

    What is Grantham’s function?

    Where is our local area?

    How did it develop?

    Choosing a site for settlement.

    Settlement shape and change over time

    The development of Grantham town

    Local project work on Grantham’s land use

    Benefits and problems of settlement growth

    Land use in towns.

    2

    Map skills

    MAP SKILLS

    Introduction to map skills

    Know what makes a good map

    Plans and scales

    How do we represent distance and area on a map?

    Measuring Distance

    Compass work

    Map symbols

    Map symbols test

    Grid References

    Grid references (6 figure)

    Showing height on maps -

    contours

    Atlas work: Latitude and Longitude

    Spring Term

     

     

    1

    United Kingdom

    UK (identity and diversity).

    What is the UK like?

    What gives it its identity?(1)

    How diverse is it? (2)

    Population distribution in the UK (local development and conservation issues)

    Map test on British Isles and introduction to weather

    Local weather

    Weather in the UK

    Measuring the weather

    Weather in the UK 2

    Air masses

    Rain in the UK

    Types of rain and cloud types

    Using weather data

    Economic activity in the UK

    UK end of unit test

    2

     

    Africa

    Africa - scale and diversity

    Dealing with common misconceptions of Africa

    Conflict in Sudan

    How should Sudan develop?

    How sustainable is Sudan?

    Ghana - an economic success story

    Education in Ghana

    Africa - looking to the future

    Summer Term

     

     

    1

    Plate Tectonics

    EARTHQUAKES AND VOLCANOES

    A slice through the earth

    Distribution of earthquakes and volcanoes

    Plate movement

    What is an earthquake?

    Earthquake Case Study eg China or UK

    Limiting the damage of earthquakes

    Predicting earthquakes (Japan)

    Volcanoes

    Types of volcanoes and why people live near volcanoes

    Mt Pinatubo

    Reducing the impact of volcanoes

    2

    Rivers and rocks

    Changing Earth

    Classification of rocks

    Changing Earth

    Weathering

    Shaping the landscape

    Rock types and scenery – limestone and granite

    Weathering test

    Rivers and river flooding

    Introduction to the water cycle

    Movement of water to a river

    The river’s journey

    The river in action

    The river in action2

    Meanders and waterfalls

     

    Assessments:

    Autumn Term

    Topic

    Type of Assessment

    CAT 1

    Local Area/Settlement

    Local map test

    Siting a settlement task

    Routine work

    Project on Gladstone terrace

    Spring Term

     

     

    CAT 2

    Map skills - UK

    Year 7 map skills test

    UK end of unit test

    UK map test

    Routine work

    Summer Term

     

     

    CAT 3

    All topics

    End of year exam

     Main Resources:

    Resource

    Details

    Term

    Text books

    Each pupil will be issued with a new GEOG.1 textbook

    All

    Recommended reading

    Topical Geographical issues on various websites.

    BBC news website on Geographical issues.

     

    All

    Recommended websites

    BBC CLASSROOM CLIPS

    www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/

    ORDNANCE SURVEY

    www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/

    MET OFFICE

    www.metoffice.gov.uk

    All

    Equipment

    Pencil crayons, ruler, pen, pencil, atlas,

    All

     Enrichment opportunities:

    Activity or Trip

    Day and Term

    Geography club

    Wednesday lunchtime - Autumn term

    Rivers and Flooding fieldwork

    11th, 12th, 13th June 2018