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KS3 Curriculum Guide - Year 8 Geography
Term 1UK and the wider world  
The role of the UK is changing. A changing global economy can have impacts nationally, regionally and locally. Students look at how global shifts such as de-industrialisation and globalisation as well as government policy are causing the movement of people within places and nations. Students study classical geography with a contemporary twist, weighing up the potential impacts of Brexit and also evaluate the costs and benefits of migration to the UK.
Assessment: Students will sit a short written examination testing a range of skills.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 2The Geography of Crime   
Does Crime have a geography? Can it be mapped? Why are some areas more prone to crime than others? How can we design urban environments to reduce instances of crime? These are some of the questions our Year 8's will find answers to in this module. Students will also carry out their own investigation into crime within the local area - drawing from a range of resources.
Assessment: Students will complete a small project on crime within the local area.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3Rivers   
This module looks at rivers from source to mouth, and how they shape our landscape. It considers the physical processes involved and the landforms created, as well as looking at local, national and international examples of flooding. Students learn how and why our coastline is changing, why it looks so different in different parts of the UK, and through case studies will become experts at explaining coastal erosion there and learning to empathise with the different interest groups faced with this rapidly retreating coastline.
Assessment: Students will be assessed by way of exam. This will cover short and long answer questions including reference to a case study.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 4Oceans   
The earth is 70% water and the majority of the Earth’s water is found in oceans. They are a key part of global physical geography and play an important role in regulating the Earth’s natural systems. Oceans are also an important human resource and how we interact with them affects their ability to function healthily. Coral reefs are an important ecosystem found within oceans ,with value to both the physical and human worlds. By understanding the threats coral reefs are under, we can understand how to protect this key ecosystem effectively.
Assessment: Students will sit a short end of unit test.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 5The Amazon Rainforest Issue Evaluation  
Students will understand the climate of the tropical rainforest, and how humans, plants and animals adapt to live in these environments. The module then focuses on how human influences are changing our rainforests around the world, and whether we can develop the rainforest sustainably.
Assessment: Students will be assessed by a written assessment that looks at looks at their place knowledge.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 6Fieldwork  
Students will look at the issue of transport around the school and identify potential fieldwork opportunities based on this. Students will be supported to engage with a broad range of data presentation and analysis techniques.
Assessment: The whole inquiry will be assessed including methods, data presentation, analysis, conclusion and evaluation.Key Words and Terms
 

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