Geography Y7

Overall Curriculum Goals

1.   To develop a sense of place and their place within the World

2.   To learn essential map skills

3.   To develop an appreciation for their environment

4.   To become more aware of how the planet is made up of both physical and human interactions. 

Half Term 1

Half Term 2

Half Term 3

Half Term 4

Half Term 5

Half Term 6

Topic Title: 

Why do we study Geography?

Topic Title: 

How are settlements structured in urban areas?

Topic Title: 

How do we use our planet as a natural resource?

Topic Title: 

Geomorphology: How do natural processes change our landscape?

Topic Intent:

This unit is a physical geography unit looking at the weathering and erosional processes that create glaciated and karst landscapes. It is about physical processes and systems, how they change, and how people interact with them at a range of scales. The unit will focus on key geographical skills such as understanding cross sections, drawing labelled sketches and diagrams, using and describing information in photographs, using OS maps and Atlas maps, together with the literacy skills of describing landforms and places.

Topic Intent:

In this unit, students will be developing ideas of changing urban landscapes and settlements in the UK and globally, weaving into population change as a cause and consequence of the changes taking place. Students will relate ideas of population change to the changing nature of the area of Rochdale and discuss the impacts of migration. Students will also have the opportunity to compare the structure and population of cities in HICs such as the UK and LICs such as Pakistan; referencing migration, housing and land use modelling.

Topic Intent: 

Through the study of this unit of work, students will understand the relevance and importance of environmental Geography in their local area and the wider world around them. Geography is increasingly important in an era of global warming, climate change and unquestionable overpopulation of the planet. Students will develop an empathy and understanding of the interactions between the human and physical environments and processes and how they might affect each of them individually. This unit aims to raise awareness and reinforce the concept of the student being a global citizen.  Students will identify the natural resources of the planet, and then investigate man’s current exploitation and management of these resources, with a view to introducing and promoting the concept of sustainability.

Topic Intent: 

Topic Intent:

This unit is a physical geography unit looking at the weathering and erosional processes that create glaciated and karst landscapes. It is about physical processes and systems, how they change, and how people interact with them at a range of scales. The unit will focus on key geographical skills such as understanding cross sections, drawing labelled sketches and diagrams, using and describing information in photographs, using OS maps and Atlas maps, together with the literacy skills of describing landforms and places.

Topic Intent:

Key Content / Skills:  

  • Where are the worlds continents and oceans?
  • Where are Europe’s famous countries located?
  • Where and what is the UK?
  • What are the UK’s main physical features (rivers, mountains, oceans)
  • What are the UK’s main human features (cities, counties, countries)
  • Why is Rochdale significant?

Key Content / Skills:  

  • How do people decide where to live/How were settlements first distributed?
  • How have settlements changed and grown?
  • How are cities structured (land-use models)?
  • How far does Manchester fit different land-use models?
  • Why do people migrate to the UK?
  • How has the UK’s job structure changed?
  • Why is Manchester such an important city in the UK?
  • How has Manchester changed over time?
  • How are settlements structured in an LIC? Pakistan

Key Content / Skills:  

  • What are rocks and how are they a natural resource?
  • How does the hydrosphere provide natural resources?
  • What are renewable and non-renewable resources?
  • Why is the world so dependent on oil resources?
  • What is the impact of oil spills? Gulf of Mexico
  • What natural resources can be used to generate electricity?
  • How can we use natural resources sustainably?
  • Why do wind farms cause conflict? UK

Key Content / Skills:  

  • What is the impact of our reliance on fossil fuels?
  • How can we use resources sustainably?
  • What is climate change/global warming?
  • What are the impacts of global warming?
  • How are species becoming endangered? Kenya
  • How are the worlds coral reefs becoming bleached? Australia
  • How is our use of plastics affecting the world? Indonesia
  • What is the impact of plastics on the world oceans?
  • How can we become more responsible citizens?

Key Content / Skills:  

  • How does ice shape the landscape?
  • Was the UK always like it is today?
  • What are ice ages?
  • How does ice erode the landscape?
  • What do glaciated landscapes look like? North Wales/ Lake District OS map work
  • What opportunities do glaciated landscapes offer?
  • What challenges do glaciated landscapes create?

Key Content / Skills:  

  • How can rain water erode the land?
  • What do Karst landscapes look like? Ardeche France
  • What opportunities do Karst landscapes offer? Yorkshire Dales

Assessment:

Written, 40 marks, completed in October

Assessment:

Written, 40 marks, completed in December

Assessment:

Written, 40 marks, completed in February

Assessment:

Written, 40 marks, completed in April

Assessment:

Written, 40 marks, completed in May

Assessment: 

Written, 40 marks, completed in July

Home Learning:

Worksheets, revision activities and Microsoft Teams assignments.

Employability, Professionalism and Enterprise  (EPE) Links

Many occupations require a knowledge of place, be that in the tourist industry or in international trade.

Employability, Professionalism and Enterprise  (EPE) Links

The sustainable management of urban growth is the responsibility of town planners and politicians.

Employability, Professionalism and Enterprise  (EPE) Links

In a world with rapidly growing population and an apparently finite set of resources, the issue of resource management is important to us all.

Employability, Professionalism and Enterprise  (EPE) Links

Our natural landscapes are important resources that if managed in a sustainable way can be of great and continued value to the economy.

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