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Geography Teacher: Mr M Green

Year 7
  • Why do we use maps?
  • Countries, continents – building knowledge of places
  • How do we use direction and distance with maps?
  • What are map symbols and why do we use them?
  • How do we use 4 figure grid references?
  • How do we use 6 figure grid references?
  • How can we use grid references and symbols to find places on OS maps?
  • How do we use contours to show height of the land?
Year 8
  • What is a hazard? (human/physical)
  • Structure of the earth
  • Plate boundaries – different types
  • Causes/ Primary and secondary effects of natural hazards
  • Comparing earthquakes and volcanoes in MEDCs and LEDCs from a range of different countries
  • Tsunami – Indian Ocean 2004
  • Responding to natural hazards

Years 9, 10 & 11

Challenges of living in a built environment

Variation in quality of life and access to housing.

What is housing tenure?

What opportunities and constraints determine access to housing?

How and why do these opportunities and constraints lead to patterns in housing?

How do quality of life and standards of living vary in urban areas?

What issues arise from these inequalities?

Access to services and changing service provision.

How are services distributed in urban areas?

What changes are taking place in service provision?

Why are these changes taking place?

How and why might these changes benefit or disadvantage groups of people?

How and why does access to services in urban and rural areas vary between different groups of people?


Where are people migrating into urban areas?

Why are people migrating into urban areas?

What are the impacts on the areas of origin and destination? Who gains? Who loses?

Planning issues in built environments.

Who is involved in planning decisions in residential areas?

How and why do conflicts occur?

How might sustainable residential areas be planned?

Rural change and planning issues.

How and why are rural areas changing?

What issues are created by rural change?

Why do urban dwellers seek increased access to rural areas?

What conflicts arise?

How can rural environments under pressure from visitors be managed to ensure a sustainable environmental and social future?

Uneven development and sustainable environments

Employment structures and opportunities

How and why do patterns of employment structure vary over time?

How might changing technology affect employment structures and opportunities?

The location of economic activities.

What factors influence decisions about where to locate different economic activities?

How and why have the locations of different activities changed?

What are MNCs and how do they affect patterns of work and development?

How do MNCs affect the areas in which they operate, both economically.

Economic activity and the environment.

How does economic activity affect people and the environment?

How might environments damaged by economic activity be managed?

What are the causes of climate change?

What are the social, economic and environmental consequences of climate change?

What steps can be taken to reduce the consequences of climate change to ensure a sustainable future?


What is meant by development?

How and why are countries at different stages of human.

Development issues and water.

What are the main sources of fresh water?

How does access to a sustainable supply of water vary?

How might international co-operation improve future access to water?


How are countries Independence?

How does international trade operate?

How might different trade systems affect quality of life for producers?

How effective is international aid in narrowing the economic gap between countries?

Physical processes & relationships between people and environments

Weather and climate.

What physical factors lead to variations in climate in different regions of the world?

Why does it rain?

What are the causes of weather hazards associated with both high and low atmospheric pressure?

How do extreme weather hazards affect different groups of people?


What physical processes connect living and non-living elements of ecosystems?

How do ecosystem processes benefit people?

How does human activity affect physical processes within ecosystems?

How can ecosystems be managed sustainably?

The issue of desertification.

What is desertification?

Which physical processes operate in arid regions that make them vulnerable to desertification?

To what extent does human activity contribute to the problem of desertification?

How can environments that are vulnerable to desertification be managed?

River processes and landforms.

What are the processes active within a drainage basin?

How do geomorphological processes contribute to the development of distinctive fluvial landforms?

What landforms are produced?

What physical and human factors contribute to cause river flood hazards?

What effect does flooding have?

How can river flooding be managed?

Coastal processes and coastal management.

How do geomorphological processes contribute to the development of distinctive coastal landforms?

What landforms are produced?

Why do coastal processes need to be managed?

How are coastlines managed?

Why does coastal management create controversy?