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Geography

Curriculum Overview - Key Stage 3
Year 8

Term 1 - Mapping Skills

L1. What is geography? Physical, Human and Environmental.

L2. Planet Earth, Continents and Oceans.

L3. Our Continent, Europe.

L4. The British Isles.

L5. Finding my way, Direction.

L6. How far, Distance.

L7. How big, Scale.

L8. GPS, Longitude/Latitude, Grid Reference

L9. How tall, Height.

L10. Map Symbols.

Major Focus. Managing Information.

Lesser Focus. Thinking, problem solving and decision making.

Term 2 - Weather & Climate

L1. Distinguish between Weather and Climate.

L2. What are the Weather Elements?

L3. What are the Weather Instruments?

L4. How can we record, use and display Weather data?

L5. What are synoptic charts?

L6. What is extreme Weather?

L7. What are Hurricanes? 

 

Major Focus. Being creative.

Lesser Focus. Managing information.                                       

Term 3 - Our Home

Ireland.

L1. What is my identity?

L2. Where do I live?

L3. What’s in a surname?

L4. What are the counties in Northern Ireland?

L5. Do I know the major towns and cities?

L6. What are the provinces in Ireland?

L7. Where can I visit in Ireland?

L8. Cahoot end of topic quiz..

 

Major Focus. Managing Information.

Lesser Focus. Thinking, problem solving and decision making.

Being creative.

Staff

Mrs Clare Bradley

Mrs Sharon Patterson

Mr Fergal

Mc Crory

Mr Colm O Neill

Mr Peter Mc Court

Mrs Clare Kelly

Mrs Clare Mc Clintock

Mr Damien Mc Hugh

Mr Stephen Mc Cann

Mr Jarlath Sharkey

Year 9

Term 1 - Rivers and Coasts

Water Cycle

Drainage Basins; Source, Tributary, Confluence, Mouth, Watershed.

River features –V-Shaped Valley, Waterfall, Meander, Ox Bow Lakes, Floodplain (Levée, Delta).

Sustainable Management of Rivers.

Flooding.

Coastal Features

Waves, Wave cut platform, Cave, Arch, Stack, Beach, Spit.

Sustainable Management of Coasts

 

Major Focus. Managing information.

Lesser Focus.. Thinking, problem solving and decision making.

 

 

Mapping Skills – Review

Term 2 - Population

Birth Rate, Death Rate, Natural

Increase/Decrease.

Population Structure. – Pyramids, Dependency.

Migration.

Urbanisation

In MEDCs and LEDCs.

Urbanisation (Push and Pull factors).

Counter Urbanisation.

Sustainable Urban Planning in MEDCs.

Shanty Towns in LEDCs. 

 

Major Focus. Managing information.

Lesser Focus. Thinking, problem solving and decision making. 

 

Mapping Skills - Review

Term 3 - Project Work

 

Geography Field Trip.

 

Geology/Rocks.

Different types of rock – Igneous, Sedimentary, Metamorphic.

Landscapes of rocks e.g. Granite, Limestone, Chalk.

Use of rocks.

Quarrying, Pros and Cons. 

 

Major Focus. Thinking, problem solving and decision making..

Lesser Focus. Self management. 

 

Mapping Skills - Review

 

 

 

 

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Year 10

Term 1 - Our Restless World

Plate Tectonics.

Plate Margins – Constructive, Destructive, Conservative.

Volcanoes – structure, types.

The effects of an eruption with case study.

Earthquakes – where and how they happen.

Magnitude, Focus, Epicentre, Shockwaves.

The effect of an Earthquake with case study.

 

Major Focus. Managing information.

Lesser Focus. Working with others.

 

Mapping Skills – Review.

Term 2 - Development.

Development Indicators.

Development Gap

Fair Trade.

Technology in Africa.

Globalisation.

Role of NGO’s.

Aid.

Debt.

Sustainable Development.

ICT Task, On Line Collaboration.

 

Major Focus. Managing information.

Lesser Focus. Working with others

 

Mapping Skills – Review..

Term 3 - Managing our Resources

Renewable/Non-renewable.

Carbon Footprint.

Increasing Demand.

Managing Waste.

Sustainable Tourism.

 

Climate Change

Difference between Global Warming and Green House Effect.

Causes of Climate Change.

Dealing with Climate Change. 

 

Major Focus. Thinking, problem solving and decision making.

Lesser Focus. Being creative

 

Mapping Skills – Review.