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KS3 Curriculum Guide - Year 8 Geography
Term 1Ecosystems   
Ecosystems - Pupils will study the different ecosystems found across our planet, such as the Arctic Tundra and will investigate the causes and effects of the different climate conditions on both people and place. Pupils will also get an insight into the Tropical Rainforest ecosystem that is found in the Amazon basin, will learn about its value and how the rain forest is being threatened.
Assessment: End of unit written test (50 mins) Students will be assessed the different ecosystems found across our planet, such as the Arctic Tundra and the Tropical Rainforest, and the causes and effects of the different climates conditions on both people and place. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 2Coasts: Living On The Edge   
Coasts: Living on the edge - Pupils will study landforms created by waves and will learn how and why our coastline is changing. Through this, pupils will investigate why the coast looks so different in various parts of the UK. Through case studies, they will become experts at explaining coastal erosion. They will learn to empathize with different views of various interest groups who are faced with a rapidly retreating coastline.
Assessment: End of unit written test (50 mins) Students will be assessed on the processes of coastal erosion, transportation and deposition, landforms created by coastal waves and the reasons for why the coastline of the UK is changing. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3Population: People & The Planet   
Population: People and the Planet - Can the planet cope with over two billion people? Students learn how and why world population is changing over time. They then consider the relationship between population and resources, before finally having a go at answering the above question as convincingly as possible!
Assessment: End of unit written assessment (1x50 min lesson) Students will be required to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the reasons for world population change, and to explain and evaluate the Chinese 'One Child Policy'. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 4Weather & Climate   
Weather and Climate - 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 investigate the answers to in this unit of work. Pupils will also investigate the causes of climate change and the impacts on our planet and will be asked to consider the possible solutions.
Assessment: End of unit written test (50 mins) Students will be assessed on the world major climate zones, ways in which the weather is measured and the different air masses affecting the weather of the UK. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 5Into Africa   
Into Africa - Pupils will be given the opportunity to explore a varied range of physical and human geography within this module, focusing on a few key areas such as the social, economic and political connections between the UK and Africa. Into Africa will provide a deeper insight into twenty-first century Africa.
Assessment: End of unit written test (50 mins) Students will be assessed on the social, economic and political connections between the UK and Africa; and the problems and solutions for people living in squatter settlements in Nairobi, Kenya. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 6Brazil  
Brazil - Pupil will investigate the physical and human environments of Brazil. They will explore Brazil’s changing level of development and the reasons for regional differences, evaluating how and why living conditions in favelas are so poor. They will question the exploitation of natural resources and suggest solutions to issues.
Assessment: End of year exam: In class written assessment (50 mins) Students will be assessed on the physical and human environments of Brazil, including Brazil’s changing level of development and the reasons for regional differences. Students will need to evaluate how and why living conditions in favelas are so poor.Key Words and Terms
 

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