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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

Geographical Skills

 

Numerical and data skills for Geographers.

 

Introduction to map skills

 

To 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

Maps that show data and introduction of GIS

 

 

2

The Geography of the Local Area

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.

 

Spring Term

 

 

1

The Geography of the UK

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

2

 

Rivers and Rocks

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

Summer Term

 

 

1

Plate Tectonics

EARTHQUAKES AND VOLCANOES

A slice through the earth

Distribution of earthquakes and volcanoes

Plate movement

What is an earthquake?

Limiting the damage of earthquakes

Predicting earthquakes (Japan)

Volcanoes

Types of volcanoes and why people live near volcanoes

Reducing the impact of volcanoes

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

 

 

 

Assessments:

Autumn Term

Topic

Type of Assessment

CAT 1

 

Geographical Skills

Geography of the Local Area

 

CAT 1 Exam – formal examination paper with differentiated questions covering the two topics covered in the first term.

 

 

Summer Term

 

 

CAT 2

Plate Tectonics

Africa

 

CAT 2 Exam

 Main Resources:

Resource

Details

Term

Text books

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 throughout the academic year. Room 201 at 1pm.

Skills Fieldwork Day at Rutland Water

17th, 18th and 19th September 2019

 

 
 

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