The King's School Grantham

Isaac Newton's School

    Year 8 Geography Curriculum

    Key topics to be taught this year:

    Autumn Term

    Topic

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

    1

    Urbanisation

    Urban Morphology: urban models.

    To appreciate that towns and cities have common characteristics in terms of their morphology

    New York: a global city

    Morphology and development of this city

    Changing role of retailing

    Out of town shopping

    Satellite imagery in the analysis of geographical patterns.

    An introduction of Landsat and Spot and GIS.

    A study of London. Inner city problems in London

    Changes in the CBD

    The London Docklands development

    2

    Coasts

    Introduction to coasts

    Waves and tides

    Erosion, transportation and deposition

    Coastal landforms

    Dorset coastline

    Coast and recreation

    Cliffs collapse

    Holderness coast

    Spring Term

     

     

    1

    Europe, migration and population

    Population growth

    Reasons for changes in birth and death rate

    Demographic transition model

    Population distribution

    World population distribution

    Europe overview, comparing countries

    Higher level map skills

    Europe map and population density

    Migration

    2

    Weather and climate

    Recap on weather

    Measuring weather and cloud types, rain types and air masses.

    Pressure and weather

    Factors that influence climate

    Climate of the UK

    Climate of Europe

    Summer Term

     

     

    1

    India

    Everything comes from India

    Where in the world is India?

    What do we already know about India?

    How do we view India in the UK?

    What are our connections with India UK?

    What is India’s landscape and climate like?

    Where do people live in India?

    How does the physical environment effect where they live?

    What is India’s landscape and climate like?

    Where do people live in India?

    How does the physical environment effect where they live?

    What are India’s diverse states like?

    How do different groups represent or use this diversity?

    What are the future challenges for India?

    2

    Ecosystems

    What is an ecosystem?

    Feeding in an ecosystem

    The earth’s main ecosystems

    Tropical rainforests

    Destructive of tropical rainforests

    Sustainable Ecosystems

    Assessments:

    Autumn Term

    Topic

    Type of Assessment

    CAT 1

    World cities/settlement

    New York article

    Routine work

    Global settlement test

    Spring Term

     

     

    CAT 2

    Europe/Population

    Europe map test

    Population test

    Routine work

    Summer Term

     

     

    CAT 3

    All

    End of year exam

    Main Resources:

    Resource

    Details

    Term

    Text books

    Each pupil will be issued the Geog.2 textbook

    Also pupils will use the OGP 2 Textbook

    All

    Recommended reading

    BBC news website to discover key Geographical topical issues

    Various articles on Geographical events from websites and newspapers

    All

    Recommended websites

    www.educationquizzes.com/ks3/geography

    www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/geography

    www.geography.learnontheinternet.co.uk/ks3/index.html

    All

    Equipment

    Pen, pencil, ruler, pencil crayons, atlas.

    All

    Enrichment opportunities:

    Activity or Trip

    Day and Term

    Homework catch up

    Friday lunchtime