Term 1: What is Geography? & Map Skills
Students start to consider what studying Geography is really about and will learn about the Geography of Sheffield.
We will then move on to learn the basics of map skills. This includes learning about longitude and latitude, as well as how of world maps have changed over time. During the run-up to Christmas, we learn about OS maps; what they are and how to read them. This will include learning about scale, map symbols and six figure grid references.
Assessment: ‘My favourite place essay’, atlas skills test & OS map test
Term 2: Weather and climate.
This is a broad topic which looks firstly at what weather is before considering why our climates vary from country to country, but within each country or region. As part of this topic, students will learn how to read and interpret climate graphs.
Assessment: Written task on why the UKs climate varies & test
Term 3: Geography of Sport & Settlement
This is a short topic which we cover around Easter time. This gets our students thinking about how Geography is linked to a different aspect of sport; from how weather affects different activities to where to build a football stadium.
For the final topic, we study settlement. First, we consider what different types of settlements there are and how they have changed over time in both MEDCs and LEDCs. We will then learn about how our cities can be more sustainable as they grow to meet an increasing demand for housing.
Assessment: Essay on the location of a sports club, decision-making task on where to locate a new housing estate & settlement test.