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Year 8 Geography Curriculum

  Topic Further details about the topic
Autumn Term
1 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.

2 Ecosystems

What is an ecosystem?

  • Feeding in an ecosystem
  • The earth’s main ecosystems
  • Tropical rainforests
  • Destructive of tropical rainforests
  • Sustainable Ecosystems
Spring Term
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

Hazards

Global hazard trends and definitions

What are earthquakes? - Case study of a major LIDC earthquake

What are volcanoes? - Case study of a major volcanic eruption

What are meteorological hazards? - Case study of a meteorological hazard.

Flooding hazards in the UK

Drought hazards in the Sahel.

Summer Term
1

Population and Migration

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 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?

Assessment

  Topic Type of Assessment
CAT 1

Weather and Climate

Ecosystems

Formal examination paper with differentiated questions covering the two topics covered in the first term.
CAT 2

Population and Migration

India

Formal examination paper with differentiated questions covering the four topics covered in the first two terms plus a section on population.

Main Resources

Resource Details Term
Text book

GEOG.2 textbook.

Also pupils will use the OGP 2 Textbook.

All
Recommended Reading

Topical Geographical issues on various websites.

BBC news website on Geographical issues.

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 Pencil crayons, ruler, pen, pencil, atlas.  

Enrichment opportunities

Activity or trip Day and time or term

Geography club

Wednesday lunchtime: Room 201 at 1pm.

Skills Fieldwork Day at Rutland Water

14, 15 and 16 September

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