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

    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