Geography - Year 7

In Year 7 students have three Geography lessons a fortnight and are taught in form groups. Students will study a number of topics between each assessment window. Each topic area is designed to prepare the students for the GCSE syllabus that they will eventually study. Each topic studied will be assessed in the following Student Tracking assessment, building up the number of topics assessed each year in a linear fashion. In addition to this, students will have summative assessments throughout the year.

Topic  Overview  Assessment 
Where are we? / Where are we going? 
Students study the different areas of Geography and our local Geography on a range of scales, ensuring that they are confident in describing the location of The British Isles, the North-West, Cheshire and Leftwich using clear Geographical language and terminology.

Students move on to look at the main Physical and Human features of Great Britain, ensuring that they know their location on a map of the country and also their characteristics.

Students then look at a number of locations around the world that they can apply their understanding of 'place' to before learning more about these areas.  
The Where are we / Where are we going topics will be assessed in a formal assessment in the ST1 exam window that is structured to familiarise the students with exam-style question grading and language.

Students will be able to categorise types of geography and give justification for this categorisation.

Students will begin to develop their understanding of interactions between people and their environments.

Students will demonstrate their knowledge of locations, places and environments in a social and political context. Using geographical language to describe a places location on a local and national scale.  
Map Skills 
Map Skills are an essential part of the Geography syllabus enabling students to access a wide range of resources and develop their understanding.

Students will study initially the purpose of maps, focusing on Ordnance Survey maps, their use, through 4 and 6 figure references.

Students will then learn how to accurately use scale on maps to measure distances, contour lines to create cross references and to identify specific features and land uses.  
Students will create their own 'Map Story' against specific criteria that allows the students to demonstrate an understanding and application of the Map Skills that they have learnt throughout the topic.

The Map Skills unit will be assessed formally within the ST2 exam window alongside the Where are we / Where are we going? topics.


Students will demonstrate their understanding of skills including the use of maps to be able to confidently use 4 figure grid references, explain their use, locate features on a map when given grid references and accurately use scale when measuring straight line distances with some students accurately using, and explaining the application of, 6 figure, grid references, scale, along a route and the landforms that contour lines represent on maps.

Students will begin to develop their competence in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and in researching for secondary evidence as well as collecting primary data.  
Energy 
Understanding our use of energy, as well as our sources of it is extremely important in understanding the modern world.

Students will study our main sources of energy around the world, creating graphs that show where our energy comes from.

Students will analyse the impact that our choice of energy sources have on the world, both in the short-term and longer-term.

Students will be able to make their own decisions on the benefits and drawbacks of the energy sources that we use as well as thinking about what possible solutions there are for us in the future.  
Energy will be assessed within the ST2 assessment exam window alongside the earlier topics of Where are we? / Where are we going? and Map Skills.

Students will be able to explain our use of energy sources and the reasons for their use.

Students will begin to explain their own views on the use of renewable energy as an alternative to non-renewable energy sources  
Coastal Features 
Studying the four processes of erosion that occur along the coastline.

Understanding the formation of coastal features.

Features created by erosion only.

Landforms created by deposition only.

Landforms created by erosion and deposition.
Coastal features will be assessed in the ST2 assessment window.  
The Geography of Sport 
Students will study the success that countries have in global sporting competitions to determine if success is related to economic wealth of a country.

Creating a symbolic map of a journey to watch a football match will also test the students recall of Map Skills and ability to create relevant symbols for maps.

Decision making will be a crucial skill when deciding on the most appropriate location for a new sports stadium.
Students will be assessed on the quality of their final presentation when analysing the suitability of a new location for a sports stadium as part of a group exercise.

Students will be able to work together to make decisions based on the evidence and resources that they are given.

Students will develop a basic understanding of how development can affect a country's ability to progress and how a county's development can be linked to sporting success. Students use this link as a contemporary context to analyse wealth as a development factor in a wider context.  

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