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Geography Curriculum

Year 3

Autumn Term:

  1. Map Exploration: Studying map properties and their practical use, learning how to interpret keys for better understanding.

  2. Global Geography: Exploring the British Isles, Europe, Continents, Oceans, and specific countries around the world.

  3. Geographical Skills: Introduction to using a compass.

Spring Term:

  1. Discovering Kenya: Delving into Kenya's physical geography and location, understanding its culture, contrasting lifestyles, and exploring its main tourist attractions.

Summer Term:

  1. Diverse Environments: Investigating beaches, coastal features, and rainforests, with a focus on the threats facing rainforests like the Amazon.

  2. Global Geography Review: A recap of previously covered global locations.

Year 4

Autumn Term:

  1. Global Geography: Examining Continents, Oceans, and the British Isles.

  2. Map and Compass Skills: Building competence in map reading and compass usage.

  3. Settlements: Defining settlements, exploring reasons for their existence and land use, including a historical perspective on Bury St. Edmunds.

Spring Term:

  1. Exploring India: Investigating India's location, daily life, urban living, and its climate.

  2. Environmental Awareness: Delving into pollution, recycling, and understanding our environment.

Summer Term:

  1. Global Geography Review: A recap of previously covered global locations.

  2. Map Skills and Settlements Review: Revisiting map skills, scale, grid references, and settlement concepts.

  3. India Review: A review of India, its geography, and cultural aspects.

  4. Weather and Climate: Exploring weather patterns in the UK and extreme weather examples.

Year 5

Autumn Term:

  1. Water: Studying water sources, water usage in households, issues related to dirty water and diseases, water shortages, and flooding.

  2. Volcanoes: Investigating the Earth's composition, the nature of volcanoes, their global distribution, types, effects, and a case study on Eyjafjallajokull.

Spring Term:

  1. Mountains: Locating mountain ranges worldwide, exploring UK mountains, and identifying countries, cities, and geographical features within the UK. Understanding mountain formation, features, climate, travel, and tourism.

Summer Term:

  1. Discovering St. Lucia: Examining the location of St. Lucia and its major tourist attractions, with a focus on a fieldwork project.

Year 6

Autumn Term:

  1. North and South America: Learning about cities and countries, comparing landscapes and climates, analyzing different regions, planning a trip in North and South America, and presenting a trip.

  2. Rivers: Understanding river processes, features, global river locations, including case studies on dams and flooding. Key aspects of physical geography such as mountains, biomes, volcanoes, and earthquakes.

Spring Term:

  1. Changing Landscapes: Investigating erosion, weathering, coastal features, and changing coastlines.

  2. Trade and Economics: Exploring trade partners, fair trade practices, and the evolving world of economics.

Summer Term:

  1. Continuation of Trade and Economics: Further exploration of changing trade dynamics and settlements and land use.

  2. Map Skills: Developing proficiency in 4 and 6-figure grid references and understanding scale for measuring distances.

  3. Global Geography: Focusing on countries and their capitals.

Year 7 & 8

Autumn Term:

  1. Rivers and Coasts: Comprehensive study of river features, processes, erosion, weathering, and flooding. Extending the exploration to coastal features and processes.

  2. Advanced Map Skills: Enhancing map reading skills.

Spring Term:

  1. Earthquakes and Volcanoes: Delving into plate tectonics, volcano types, formation, effects, and earthquakes. Analyzing case studies.

  2. Population and Settlement: Understanding population numbers, density, historical trends, and patterns in settlements.

Summer Term:

  1. Urban Development: Managing urban development, emphasizing sustainability, and exploring case studies.

  2. Map Skills: Further refinement of map reading skills.

  3. Project Work: Engaging in project-based learning.

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