KS3 Curriculum Guide - Year 8 Geography
Term 1Russia   
Students will consider this vast country and investigate different physical, human and environmental aspects of geography.
Assessment: Students will be asked to produce a response to what they have found out about Russia. We will encourage them to be creative and show all aspects of Geography.Key Words and Terms
Term 2Development   
What is development and how can we measure it? How did the development gap grow? What factors make countries rich or poor? This module will also raise important questions about the nature of global citizenship and the importance of money for quality of life (and happiness).
Assessment: Using development indicators and analysing what they tell you about different countries.Key Words and Terms
Term 3Africa   
Students will learn about Africa and the diversity of geography in this continent. They will learn about the physical and human geography of this continent and consider the future for some countries in Africa.
Assessment: Exam questions based around the key topics of this unit - development, access to services, conflict and tourism.Key Words and Terms
Term 4Coasts   
Pupils learn how and why our coastline is changing, why it looks so different in different parts of the UK, and through case studies will become experts at explaining coastal erosion and learning to empathise with the different interest groups faced with a rapidly retreating coastline. The module will also allow pupils to carry out in depth fieldwork investigations.
Assessment: Decision making activity based around coastal protection. What options are available for an area of coast? Justify your decision for a case-study area of a coast.Key Words and Terms
Term 5Weather and Climate   
Have you ever wondered why it rains and where all the rain water goes? Why, when the weather here is great, is it often great for five or more days? Why does the Caribbean have a much nicer climate than ours? These are some of the questions our Year 8s will find answers to in this module. Students will carry out their own micro-climate enquiry, and analyse the data from the King’s “weather station”.
Assessment: Microclimate of the school. Measuring different climate conditions around the school. Describing and explaining results.Key Words and Terms
Term 6Global Warming and Climate Change and Climate Change   
What is climate change and does it matter? If it does, is there anything we can do? What is our own carbon footprint? How can we reduce the impact of global warming? Students are provided with the opportunity to explore the answers to these important questions and consider the Greenhouse Effect.
Assessment: Exam questions based around the topic.Key Words and Terms