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 in the World? 
Students are introduced to Geography and examples of various human and physical Geography. Place is studied through the exploring of continents, key countries and the British Isles, United Kingdom and Great Britain.

Students continue to develop their understanding of place by studying key human and physical features at a local, national and global scale.

Local Geography is studied and students learn about location at various scales. As well as land use and how this has changed in Northwich over time.

Map skills will be incorporated throughout this topic to assist in student's ability to apply their map reading skills to unfamiliar contexts. Students will learn how to; locate four and six figure grid references, measure distance using scale, create cross sections, describe height and settlement shape and interpret maps using photos.  
Where in the world? 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 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 and describe the locations of key geographical global features.

Students will develop their map reading skills and be able to apply these to an unfamiliar context.  
Tomorrow's Challenges 
Students study the impacts humans are having on the natural environment and how this can be prevented.

Students study the location of global resources and the issues surrounding this.

Students explore the causes, effects and responses to global warming at a local and global scale. Real life examples of specific locations and businesses are studied.

The concept of a 'consumer society' is studied and students explore how plastic consumption has effects on different natural environments.

Students explore the uses of palm oil and the positive and negative effects its use has. Located examples are studied and sustainable use of palm oil.  
Students will develop an understanding of the global issues that we face and how they can be overcome.

Students will begin to understand their role in protecting the environment and why it is important.  
Fieldwork Enquiry 
Students will develop an understanding of how to conduct a successful fieldwork enquiry by selecting appropriate data collection techniques to collect data for their outdoor study.

Once students have collected their data various data presentation techniques will be explored and students will select the most appropriate.

Students will then analyse the data, to develop student's analysis skills and then draw upon conclusions of their fieldwork enquiry.

Students will identify the strengths and weaknesses of their fieldwork enquiry and suggest how the enquiry could have been improved.  
Fieldwork enquiry will be assessed within the ST2 assessment exam window alongside the earlier topics of Where in the world? and Tomorrow's Challenges.

Students will demonstrate an understanding of how to conduct a successful fieldwork enquiry.

Students will be able to select appropriate data collection and presentation techniques for various fieldwork enquiries.

Students will be able to analyse and evaluate data.  

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