Geography Y9

Overall Curriculum Goals

To become more familiar with the continent of Asia

To gain a better understanding of the issue of climate change

To understand the processes that lead to tectonic hazards

To understand the dynamic nature of our coastlines

Half Term 1

Half Term 2

Half Term 3

Half Term 4

Half Term 5

Half Term 6

Topic Title: 

How developed is South America?

Topic Title: 

Is climate change a man-made or natural phenomenon?

Topic Title: 

Do tectonic hazards bring costs or benefits?

Topic Title: 

What is happening to the Holderness Coast?

Topic Intent:

This unit will extend the locational knowledge and deepen their spatial awareness of the world’s countries using maps of the world to focus on South America. Its environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, countries, and major cities.

Topic Intent:

This unit is about physical processes and systems, how they change, and how people interact with them at a range of scales and in a range of places. The unit examines if climate change is the result of purely human factors and looks at the predicted effects of any change in our current climate. The unit also looks at how climate change could be managed, involving both mitigation and adaptation.

Topic Intent: 

This unit of work is one of fundamental importance to the structure, change and every year development of our planet Earth. Plate tectonics are responsible for the uplift of most of the world’s fold mountain ranges. These ranges, in turn, have a direct effect on living things by altering migration patterns and opening and closing off ecological niches, which influences evolution. Mountain uplift also has an effect on global climate by creating barriers to atmospheric and oceanic circulation, and climatic changes affect living things (ice ages are brought about, in part, by shifting of continents into higher, colder latitudes).

Topic Intent: 

The movements themselves typically affect us by leading to earthquakes (which can cause tsunamis), which injure or kill some of us and destroy some of our structures. The underlying processes driving the movement also leads to volcanoes, hot springs, geysers, and other geological phenomena, some of which are of course quite dangerous. It is true that the study of plate tectonics underpins the fundamental geological and climatic changes in our earth’s internal structure and atmosphere.

Topic Intent:

This unit is about physical processes and systems of coastlines and their landscapes, how they change, and how people interact with them at a range of scales and in a range of places.

Key Content / Skills:  

  • South America: physical and human mapping exercises.
  • What are the main physical and human characteristics of South America?
  • What are rainforests like? Amazon
  • How are rainforests exploited in South America?
  • How can rainforests be used in sustainable ways? Amazon
  • Where is Brazil?
  • Why do people visit Brazil?
  • How has urbanisation affected Brazil?
  • Rio de Janeiro: Rocinha Squatter Settlement
  • How are drugs having a social impact in Rio’s squatter settlements?
  • What was the impact of the Rio Olympics on Brazil?
  • What is the future for Brazil?

Key Content / Skills:  

  • What is climate change?
  • What are the human causes of climate change?
  • What are the physical causes of climate change?
  • What are the global, regional and local impacts of climate change?
  • How can we mitigate climate change?
  • How can we adapt to climate change?

Key Content / Skills:  

  • How is the earth structured?
  • What is continental drift?
  • What are tectonic plates and how do they move?
  • What is the distribution of volcanoes and earthquakes? Latitude and Longitude.
  • How do constructive, conservative and destructive plate margins work? Where can we find these around the world?

Key Content / Skills:  

  • How do earthquakes occur? Indonesia, San Francisco, Iceland
  • What was the impact of the Indian Ocean tsunami?
  • What is the structure of a volcano?
  • What was the impact of the volcanic eruption in Iceland?
  • How can we reduce the impact of tectonic hazards?
  • Creating earthquake proof buildings and zone (Project)
  • Why do people live in Iceland if they’re at risk?

Key Content / Skills:  

  • Where is the Holderness Coast?
  • How has the Holderness Coast changed? (map skills work)
  • How do the processes of erosion and weathering affect the HC?
  • How does erosion form unique landscapes?
  • What are transportation and deposition?

Key Content / Skills:  

  • How does deposition form unique landforms?
  • How does Longshore Drift affect the HC?
  • How does the HC benefit from coastal tourism?
  • What is happening to Mappleton and how is this affecting tourism?
  • How can we protect the Holderness Coast?
  • Should we protect some areas more than others?

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

A knowledge of world geography is important to everybody, but especially in particular occupations such as travel agents.

Employability, Professionalism and Enterprise  (EPE) Links

An understanding of climate change is becoming increasing important as we try to balance the need to promote the economy whilst protecting the environment.

Employability, Professionalism and Enterprise  (EPE) Links

Volcanologists are scientists who’s job it is to study earthquakes and volcanoes and try to predict when there may be a threat to life or property.

Employability, Professionalism and Enterprise  (EPE) Links

With the issues of rising sea levels due to climate change becoming more of a threat, we as an island nation will need to manage these areas effectively both for the present and the future

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