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KS3 Curriculum Guide - Year 7 Geography
Term 1 Core Geography   
This module develops students’ map skills. Students develop a variety of map skills as well as using maps to explore their own area and the rest of the world. Students can engage with maps on a wide range of scales from different sources including Google Earth, Google Maps and Ordnance Survey, developing and building on their map interpretation skills.
Assessment: Students complete a map skills assessment. This includes locating and identifying features on maps as well as 4 and 6 figure grid referencesKey Words and Terms
 
Term 2Settlement  
The United Nations suggest that more than 1 billion people across the world still live in inadequate housing. Understanding settlements is an important area of geography. In this unit we will look to get to grips with how and why settlements grow and what causes them to change. Additionally, students will build on the relationship between physical and human geography. Students will look at examples of settlements closer to home and further afield considering differences in wealth and development.
Assessment: Students will sit a short end of unit test.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3Resources  
Have you ever wondered why it rains and where all the rain water goes? Why, when the weather here is great, is it often great for five or more days? Why does the Caribbean have a much nicer climate than ours? These are some of the questions our Year 8s will find answers to in this module.
Assessment: Students will complete a written assessment.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 4Weather, climate and climate change  
Weather and climate are becoming increasing complicated and controversial issues. There is debate over whether of not climate change is real for instance. Today's students need to know and understand the weather and climate on this planet so they can make informed decisions as adults. The unit focuses on understanding the key principles behind weather, climate and rain, so that students can then begin to understand the likely effects of climate change.
Assessment: Students will complete a short test.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 5Issue Evaluation - Druridge Bay   
With a focus on Thailand, students learn about all aspects of tourism, the advantages and disadvantages of, different types, jobs and the problems of tourism. Finally a focus is given to the environmental aspects of tourism, via the topic of ecotourism and sustainable tourism, before applying this knowledge to tourism in the UK.
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
 
Term 6Fieldwork  
In this module, students will explore a fieldwork question within Bristol Free School. They will be getting to grips with basic techniques of inquiry and start to develop questions to apply knowledge gained from the year so far.
Assessment: Students will be assessed on a longer written piece of writing that looks at their ability to analyse, draw conclusions and evaluate an investigation.Key Words and Terms
 

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