Year 8 Geography

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Unit 1: Natural Hazards

In this unit you will be studying:

  • Introduction to different natural hazards and disasters
  • Features of a volcano
  • Plate boundaries
  • Structure of the Earth
  • Mount Etna case study – the positive and negative effects and ways that people manage living near a volcano.
  • MINI ASSESSMENT: A piece of creative writing based on what we have studied so far.  A level and a target will be given at this point.
  • Introduction to earthquakes and earthquake terminology
  • Location of earthquakes and volcanoes
  • An earthquake case study – causes and effects of living in an earthquake zone
  • Surviving an earthquake

Your assessment for this unit will be:

Create a front page headline story on either a volcano or an earthquake that we have studied in class.  You will be asked to comment on the causes, effects and management options of this natural disaster.

Support for this topic:

  • Natural History Museum Website
  • BBC Website
  • Visit the Natural History Museum

Unit 2: World Development

In this unit you will be studying:

  • The differences between developed and developing countries
  • Level of development around the world
  • The link between population and development
  • The link between jobs and development
  • The link between trade and development
  • The Trading Game
  • Case study of a developing country – Kenya
  • Physical features
  • Settlements
  • The Maasai
  • Informal settlements (shanty towns)
  • Strategies to improve development within a country (aid)

Your assessment for this unit will be:

A test of the topics covered in this unit.  There will be a decision making exercise involved in this assessment and you will need to show your ability to evaluate and justify your opinions.

Support for this topic:

  • National Geographic for Kids
  • BBC Website

Unit 3: Farming

In this unit you will be studying:

  • Primary, secondary and tertiary industries
  • Food miles and globalisation of food
  • Different types of farms (pastoral, arable, diary, mixed)
  • Arable farm – in south, east England
  • Hill sheep farming – in Scotland
  • Farming systems – inputs, processes & outputs
  • Location of farming types around the UK
  • Padi (rice) farming in India
  • Changes to the farming landscape
  • Hedgerow Enquiry

Your assessment for this unit will be:

A test of the topics covered in this unit.  There will be a focus on the hedgerow debate and you will be expected to know different stakeholders opinions on the issue.  This will build on the previous assessment focus of evaluating and justifying your opinions.

Support for this topic:

  • Organic farming
  • Eco-friendly kids
  • Visit the Horniman Museum – Garden and Wildlife exhibits
  • Have a go at helping your family grow some plants or food – how about growing some herbs or vegetables in a window-box?
  • Visit the city farm