Year 7

AUTUMN TERM:Mapping my place


The first topic gives an overview of geography as a discipline, and then teaches students a variety of map, visual and data analysis skills. Students are then challenged to map their place in the world, combining all the elements they have studied.

1. Welcome to geography! The world is in your hands! BASELINE TEST (Multiple choice) 
2. What are the differences between physical, human and environmental geography? Human or physical? What is a field sketch and how can we create one? Example How to draw a fieldsketch
3. How can we map a building?  Plans What are compass points? Basic
4. How can we map a route? Why are symbols and scale important? Scales Symbols
5. How can we use OS maps to describe the Isle of Man? Maps
6. How can we use latitude and longitude to map our place in the world? Latitude and longitude
7. SUMMATIVE TEST (Map Skills)

8. Feedback and target setting. What resources can we use to help with our geography?
9. How can we measure the height and shape of the land? Relief
10. My Patch project- describing my patch using 4 figure grid references Download  Grid references
11. My Patch project- describing my patch using 6 figure grid references You tube tutorial
12. My Patch independent work  MANNGIS settlement maps Manx maps
13. My Patch independent work LEVELLED ASSESSMENT (Extended project- My Patch)
14. Peer assessment

SPRING TERM: Weather and Climate


This topic challenges students to make observations about the world around them and explain how characteristics of places are linked to natural processes.

1. What is the difference between weather and climate and how is it measured? Definitions  Instruments Make your own! What is weather?
2. What are Microclimates and can we measure some around the school site? Explanation Fieldwork
3. What is going on in our atmosphere?
4. How does rain form? water cycle  water cycle 2 Why are there three different types of rain fall? Animation
5. What is air pressure and what different weather does it create? science clip weather clip
6. Why does Europe have a number of different climates? Climate map  Explanation
7. SUMMATIVE TEST (Weather and climate)

8. How does weather and climate influence plants and animals? Animals Biomes Map Biome song
9. How does weather and climate influence the soil? Soil formation  Weathering  diagrams 
10. How does climate influence what food can be produced?  Climate variables Clip UK crops Drought effects
11. How does weather and climate influence health ? Disease map Malaria impacts Malaria clip
12. How does world weather and climate influence tourism? Climate graphs  Interactive climate graphs Destination guide
13. How can extreme weather and climate result in natural hazards? Clips Clips2 Hurricanes
14. Extreme weather report LEVELLED ASSESSMENT (Newspaper report)

SUMMER TERM: Mission Antarctica and Geography of Crime


For the first half of the term, students carry out a series of lessons based on the fragile and extreme environment of Antarctica. Best website for Antarctica 

1. What is the Antarctic climate and conditions? facts  Climate
2. Who has explored Antarctica? Explorers
3. What is it like living in Antarctica? Diary
4. What is the Antarctic treaty and why was it needed? Summary  British territory Clip
5. Who killed all the Krill? Krill Food web Food web2 Happy Feet 2
6. What is the impact of tourism in Antarctica? Video
7. How should Antarctica be developed? LEVELLED ASSESSMENT (Report)


For the second half of this term, students carry out data collection and observations to analyse patterns of crime and techniques for managing crime in urban areas.

8. What is ‘the geography of crime’? Various links  Test yourself
9. What patterns can be seen in crime statistics? Clip IOM statistics  Crimestoppers
10. How has Lower school designed out crime? Designing out crime clip
11. How has Onchan designed out crime? Example  Advertisment
12. How can I present my data?
13.How can I explain my results?


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