At Unity College we provide a high quality Geography education that inspires in our students a lifelong curiosity and fasciation about the world and its people. All of our students will be equipped with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the earth’s key physical and human processes, the formation of and use of landscapes and environments. Throughout Key Stage 3 students will begin to learn and use the skills that they will need for the GCSE syllabus. Fieldwork opportunities will be explored during Key Stage 3. Assessments will take place at the end of each unit.

Programme of study
Year 7
World Detectives (September/October)
• What is Geography
• Baseline assessment
• Human/Physical Geography
• Map work, including symbols, scale, different types of maps, direction and bearings
• Height of land
• Grid references
• UK and World mapping

China (November-December)
• China Safari, fact finding mission about China
• Location/map skills
• Three Gorges Dam
• Natural hazards in China-Earthquakes
• Sichuan Earthquake case study
• Weather and climate
• Population and trade

India (January/February)
• India safari (optional)
• Location and physical features
• Biomes
• Weather and climate
• Monsoon
• Flooding in Bangladesh
• Energy in India-research task
• Slumming it Dharavi

Natural hazards (March/April)
• Tectonic plates lesson
• Volcano-structure, including constructive margins
• Volcano research lesson
• Super volcanoes
• Responding to earthquakes
• Japanese tsunami
• Drought
• Hurricanes intro
• Hurricanes impacts
• Hurricanes news report- using a recent example e.g.Imra and Harvey

• Types of energy
• Needs of a power station
• Global energy
• Fracking
• Chernobyl 2
• Global warming
• Life in the future
• Tackling climate change
• Wind farm Decision making exercise

Fieldwork (July)
• Local field study to be completed

Year 8
Weather and climate (September/October)
• Introduction to weather and climate-difference, climate zones,
• Forecasting and maps
• How is weather measured/presented
• Water cycle and types of rainfall
• Microclimate-study/fieldwork

Kenya (November-December)
• Kenya-HIC/LIC/NEE?
• Kenya factfile
• Kenya population
• Migration,
• Kibera slumming it
• Students design and make a slum
• Mombassa tourism
• Ecotourism

Modern World Cities (January/February)
• Introduction to mega cities-map labelling, stack graph
• Andrew Marr’s Megacities
• London-population pyramids
• Rome-tourism
• Brazil-sustainable urban living
• Sydney climate
• Own city poster presentation

Cold Environments (February/March)
• Physical characteristics of environment
• Plant/animal adaptations
• Antarctica
• Alaska
• Climate change

Coasts (April/May)
• Introduction to coasts
• Waves
• Erosion processes
• Erosion landforms
• Longshore drift
• Deposition landforms
• Factors affecting coasts
• Coastal ecosystems
• Sand dunes
• Coastal conflict

Enrichment and extra-curricular activities:

Zoolab Animal Experience
Map skills and river processes in Towneley Park
Weekly competition on Guess the Location
Geographer of the Month award
Geography in the News displays
Other fieldwork opportunities to be explored

How to support your child in this subject
Books to read: Horrible Geography, National Geographic for Kids Collins World Atlas

Websites to visit:

Places to visit:

Manchester Museum of Science and Industry
Manchester Museum
Manchester Airport Aviation Park
Lake District
Chester Zoo