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Geography

Year 7

 

Year 8

 

Year 9

 

 

Year 7

In Year 7, students study the topics of: Why Geography?, Geography Skills, British Isles and Coasts, Rainforests and Glaciation.

Knowledge and understanding

  • Give detailed descriptions of features, places and processes
  • Give reasoned explanations
  • Understand the differences between physical and human processes and describe the ways in which these processes interact and lead to change
  • Recognise that different people will have differing viewpoints towards a geographical issue
  • Start to use geographical vocabulary with confidence
  • Start to explain their own views about geographical issues

 

Skills and application

  • Start to suggest geographical questions and suggest ways of finding out the answers e.g. design a questionnaire, record the data in a table
  • Use a wide range of map skills including direction, distance, grid references and photographs
  • Demonstrate sound decision making skills using evidence and data
  • Recognise that a geographical issue must be looked at from different points of view
  • Choose different techniques to present data
  • Interpret geographical evidence
  • Reach their own conclusions that fit the evidence
  • Present work well with good use of spelling, grammar and punctuation

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Year 8

In Year 8, students study the topics of: Weather and Climate, Changing World – Energy and Climate Change, Tectonics, Conflicts, Borders and the EU, South America and National Parks.

Knowledge and understanding

  • Show good knowledge of geographical places and locations
  • Show deepening knowledge and understanding of both physical and human processes and how they affect environments and place
  • Use a wide range of geographical vocabulary appropriately
  • Understand that people and places can be affected by actions and events, sometimes in other parts of the world
  • Identify links between different aspects of geography
  • Recognise that there are significant differences in standards of living and quality of life in different parts of the world
  • Recognise that people hold different values and attitudes towards geographical issues and these may influence decisions made about places
  • Group information into categories to show impacts

 

Skills and application

  • Ask geographical questions and plan independent enquiries
  • Recognise that a geographical issue may be represented by different points of view
  • Select and use accurately a wide range of presentation skills
  • Analyse and interpret geographical evidence
  • Evaluate different sources of evidence e.g. maps, photos, graphs, websites
  • Make informed decisions and draw conclusions about geographical questions and problems
  • Present thorough and well-argued summaries of enquiries
  • Present work carefully with a high level of accuracy of spelling, grammar and punctuation

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Year 9

In Year 9, students study the topics of: Africa, Antarctica and Cold Environments, Dark Tourism, Global Issues and Natural Disasters.

Knowledge and understanding

  • Show thorough knowledge of geographical places and locations
  • Demonstrate deep knowledge and understanding of both physical and human processes
  • Have extensive geographical vocabulary and be able to use terminology appropriately
  • Show clear understanding of relationships between both physical and human processes and how these affect places

and environments

  • Show detailed links between topics
  • Account for inequalities in development and recognise the complexity of factors that contribute to differing standards

of living and quality of life

  • Understand causes and consequences of geographical issues
  • Recognise different points of view and different approaches to tackling problems
  • Categorise and evaluate consequences

 

Skills and application

  • Show independence in identifying appropriate geographical questions and issues
  • Represent different points of view and perspectives
  • Critically evaluate, analyse and interpret a very wide range of geographical evidence
  • Use evidence to make judgments and draw conclusions about geographical questions and problems
  • Present full and coherent argued summaries of independent enquiries and reach substantiated conclusions

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