Geography Learning Summary

Year 5-
In Autumn term pupils begin their Geography journey at CVMS by looking at “What Is Geography?” They will focus on Leek before looking at Staffordshire/our locality and then finally UK/Europe/World for the context and skills in this topic.

In Spring term pupils focus on Rivers. They look at the physical processes involved, worldwide rivers and also look at the links to human Geography for rivers.
In Spring 2/Summer 1 pupils will look at Settlement and Land Usage. They will consider how physical Geography impacts upon human activity.

In Summer 2 pupils will understand fieldwork and undertake a small enquiry of their own to discover how Geographers work.

Year 6-
In Autumn term pupils will look at biomes and climate zones. They will understand the physical Geography behind them and also how humans will be impacted by/can impact upon them.

In Spring term pupils will compare three different mountainous regions: The Scottish Highlands, The Alps and the Rocky Mountains. Pupils will understand similarities and differences in the physical Geography and how humans use and can impact upon these different places.

In Summer term pupils learn about Natural Hazards. They will look at how these hazards happen or are formed and how humans respond to them.

Year 7-
In Autumn term and Spring term, pupils will spend the first few weeks recapping basic map skills and beginning to build on this. This is to aid their KS3 Geography skills progression. Pupils then begin to look at China followed by Africa. This is to look at two developing regions and begin comparing and contrasting their human and physical Geography.

In the second part of Spring term pupils begin to study National Parks. They will look at some case studies and understand the ways humans manage and benefit from the National Parks. Pupils will also study tourism and understand the benefits of tourism for humans but also how it may harm the physical Geography of a location.

In Summer term pupils study coasts. This allows them to understand how physical geography may change over time and processes that occur within geography.

Year 8-
In Autumn term pupils begin by studying further map skills. This is to build upon their knowledge gained last year and give them an increased understanding for their year 8 studies. They then begin to look at India and will assess what the future holds for India in terms of its physical and human Geography.

In Spring term pupils begin to look at the Middle East and evaluate the issues facing areas like Dubai. They will in particular look at is Dubai’s future sustainable and understanding around the concept of sustainability. Pupils will also complete a brief module on rivers, in order to study geographical processes and how the landscape can change over time.

In Summer term pupils learn about Natural Hazards. They will not only build on their knowledge of Geographical processes but understand how humans respond to and manage the hazards that are sometimes posed by the natural world.

For the final few weeks pupils will complete a module on weather and fieldwork skills to help their understanding of a geographic enquiry.

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