Geography

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Geography

Autumn Term

Topic
Overview
What is geography?
Pupils do a short introduction to the subject over the first two weeks looking at the different types of geography and reviewing their locational knowledge at a national and global scale.
Mapskills unit – geographical skills
  • They will complete a baseline assessment focusing on geographical skills. They then complete a Mapskills Unit:- This unit helps pupils to improve their ‘geographical skills’ so they can produce a good standard of geographical enquiry supported by subject related skills. A particular emphasis is placed on the development of pupils map skills. 
  • They learn skills to interpret maps such as:-
  • finding direction
  • Using a wider range of scales
  • Knowing how you locate places using grid references
  • Interpreting the relief of the land from maps. 
Settlement 1
Settlement will begin towards the end of autumn term. Ideas are illustrated in the Spring term overview.

Social, Moral, Spiritual & Cultural and British Values Links

    • BV: liberty
    • SMSC: cultural

 

Careers, Advice, Information & Guidance Links

    • Promoting the idea of self.
    • What is Geography – how can it help build a future?

 

Home Learning this Term

To support the learning within the subject, pupils will be expected to undertake independent activities outside of the lesson and prepare for class activities through directed enquiry. The nature of this activity will be based around exploring a range of geographical skills as well as researching ideas  that may share a thematic link to their transition work at the start of term. They will also be expected to complete draft and final versions of maps

 

Spring Term

Topic
Overview
Settlement Unit
The unit is designed to enable pupils to develop knowledge and understand the reasons for the growth and development of settlements / settlement patterns at a range of scales. 
Where do you live?

In this unit pupils learn about:

  • Where people live in the UK.
  • Why it varies from place to place.
  • What influences where people live.  
  • They will use geographical skills to investigate, describe, explain and analyse data to carry out an enquiry comparing different UK regions.

Social, Moral, Spiritual & Cultural and British Values Links

    • BV: liberty
    • Social / Cultural – community function)
    • Opportunities for pupils to evidence understanding of community function in discussions and work throughout unit.

 

Careers, Advice, Information & Guidance Links

Real life writing scenarios. Developing enquiry writing focusing on comparison of the social, economic and environmental differences in UK regions.

 

Home Learning this Term

To support the learning within the subject pupils will be expected to research the development of Birstall as a settlement over time. They should explore and analyse differences in land use zones in Leicester. To help understand their own area they will be expected to complete draft and final versions of written regional comparisons at a national level. Developing and retaining a wider level of knowledge in connection to the theme of locational knowledge within their own country is a key focus.

 

Summer Term

Topic
Overview
Rivers / Coasts Unit
What can water do?
The unit is designed to enable pupils to develop knowledge and understand the main features and processes of :-
  • The water cycle - Pupils use local fieldwork to help carry out enquiries (investigation) into infiltration.
  • Geomorphic processes – weathering types, erosion, transport deposition
  • River & coastal systems – v shape, waterfalls, meanders, floodplains  How rivers and coasts can be managed.  
As a theme within this unit pupils develop and use their knowledge and understanding of rivers and use geographical skills to investigate the natural hazard of flooding. 
  • They investigate the causes and effects of floods in a range of scales both local, national and globally.
  • They investigate real life case studies focusing on what can be done to reduce the impact of flooding in countries at different stages of development. (UK / USA, Bangladesh).
  • In the coasts section pupils develop and use their knowledge and understanding of coasts to investigate the problem of coastal erosion.  They find out the causes of erosion, and investigate what can be done to reduce the impact of coastal erosion in the UK.

Social, Moral, Spiritual & Cultural and British Values Links

    • BV: democracy, rule of law
    • SMSC: moral, social and cultural

 

Careers, Advice, Information & Guidance Links

Looking at the role of water companies and the environment agency in planning and management. The role of emergency services and NGO’s in providing aid in flood events. 

 

Home Learning this Term

To support the learning within the subject pupils will be expected to undertake independent reading and research outside of the lesson and prepare for class activities through directed activities. The nature of this reading will be based around contextual information to understand river features as well as collating ideas and information to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the themes covered, but also demonstrate their developing use of geographical skills. They will also be expected to model natural features associated with the unit themes. 

 

Year 7 Geography Summary

During Yr7 pupils will continue to build on the core knowledge and understanding of place, location, processes and enquiry skills that they have developed at primary school, but also begin to recognise the way the subject of ‘Geography’ ultimately has distinct GCSE components; Physical Geography and Human Geography. They should begin to see that these components share many interconnections at an increasingly wider range of scales. They will utilize a range of resources and develop an understanding of how to analyse these from both a spatial and graphical perspective. Their enquiry work will allow them to explore and develop the ability to structure analytical responses to data and also to evaluate a range of geographical resources. They will also work on developing their presentational skills.