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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

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?

Assessments:

Autumn Term

Topic

Type of Assessment

CAT 1

Weather and Climate

Ecosystems

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

Summer Term

 

 

CAT 2

Population and Migration

India

CAT 2 Exam – 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 books

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

Wednesday lunchtime throughout the academic year. Room 201 at 1pm

 

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