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KS3 Curriculum Guide - Year 9 Geography
Term 1Plate tectonics   
Students look at the cause, effect of these two devastating natural hazards and what creates them. Plate boundaries are explored in detail, and social, economic and environmental impacts of these disasters are explored. Students look in detail at the Japan Tsunami and build a fact file of information to be used in a full report. This is then used to compare to the Indian Ocean Tsunami – how were LIC countries affected differently? Students look at the cause of Hurricanes, Cyclones and Typhoons around the world, and which areas are most regularly affected and why, and how global warming is playing its part. Students compare Hurricane Katrina in the USA and Cylone Sidr in Bangladesh, and produce a fact file of the social, economic and environemtal impacts, in addition to looking at how a country’s lack of development can cause more problems in the future.
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
Term 2Tourism   
The focus of the module is how changing human processes are influencing the transformation of India as a place and how India is representing itself and being represented in the wider world.Changes to India’s society and economy are often influenced by values and attitudes different to the students’ own. We explore India’s diverse and multicultural population and how this diversity is linked to inequality in wealth and quality of life.In terms of geographical space students learn where India’s main cities, physical features and landscapes are located. Bangalore is a useful case study for examining how globalisation is changing cities in India and both positive and negative experiences of globalisation will be explored by students.
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
Term 3Geography of Fashion  
The aim of this module is to introduce students to the huge variation in geography that exists across the world. A variety of human and physical factors influence why we see 'rich' nations and 'poor' nations. Ultimately, students will learn that improving people’s lives in a continent that is often perceived to be a ‘hopeless case’ is dependent on a range of physical and human factors both within the individual countries, across the continent and on an international scale.
Assessment: Students will be assessed through a written examination. They will be required to know two case studies. Key Words and Terms
Term 4Geography of Conflict
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
Term 5Issue Evaluation - Abingdon Reservoir   
Russia: mysterious, dangerous, vast and unexplored are just a few words that can be used to describe this Eurasian melting pot. The largest country in the world, it occupies one-tenth of all the land on Earth. It spans 11 time zones across two continents (Europe and Asia) and has coasts on three oceans (the Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic). We will explore key issue in the country, from Crimea to Chernobyl and how Russia now plays a prominent role in our lives, with both positive and negative consequences for those that live there.
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