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KS3 Curriculum Guide - Year 9 Geography
Term 1An Introduction to Geography - Urban Growth   
An Introduction to Geography - Urban Growth - Pupils will be given a more in depth introduction to geography which will link back to the geographical ideas and skills taught in year 7 and 8. Pupils will make connections between human, physical and environmental geography. Pupils will investigate the causes of rapid urban growth in both MEDCs and LEDCs and will learn about the problems of rapid urban growth.
Assessment: End of unit written test (50 mins) Students will be assessed on the causes of rapid urban growth in both MEDCs and LEDCs and the global problems of rapid urban growth. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 2Settlement   
Settlement - Pupils will learn about different types of settlement shape and identifying these on a map. Pupils will examine the growth and structure of cities using urban land use models and will evaluate the location of different settlement sites.
Assessment: End of unit written case study exam question (50 mins) Students will be assessed on the problems of urban growth through case studies of two global cities, Rio de Janeiro and London. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3Urban Inequalities  
Urban Inequalities - Urban inequalities exist in all urban areas. Pupils will investigate a broad range of urban inequalities in urban areas and will explore the differences between quality of life and standard of living between MEDC’s and LEDC’s. Pupils will learn about the problems of urban growth through case studies of two global cities; Rio de Janeiro and London.
Assessment: End of unit written extended writing assessment (1x50 min lesson) Decision making Task. Students will be required to identify, explain and evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of building on brown and greenfield sites. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 4Population and Migration  
Population and Migration - The growth of global population is one of the major issues facing the world today because of its impact on planning and scarcity of resources. Pupils will investigate the reasons and implications of population change at different scales. Pupils will study the causes and effects of migration.
Assessment: End of unit written test (50 mins) Students will be assessed on the reasons and the implications of population change at different scales and the causes and effects of international migration. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 5Rivers & Flooding   
Rivers and Flooding - Pupils will identify and learn about river landforms created by both erosion and deposition such as v shaped valleys, meanders and oxbow lakes. Pupils will examine the physical and human causes of flooding and will compare why the effects of flooding are often more severe in LEDCs.
Assessment: End of unit written test (50 mins) Students will be assessed on river landforms created by both erosion and deposition such as v shaped valleys, meanders and oxbow lakes. The physical/human causes and effects of flooding and flood management in the UK. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 6Geographical Skills 
Geographical Skills - For this module pupils will continue to develop and improve their use of geographical skills using OS maps and aerial photographs, 4 and 6 figure grid references, measuring direction and contour lines.
Assessment: End of year Exam: 1 hour written assessment (in school hall) Students will be assessed on geographical skills using OS maps and aerial photographs, 4 and 6 figure grid references, direction, scale and contour lines.Key Words and Terms
 

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