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Geography Curriculum - Year 5

North America
After a short introduction to Geography at St John’s, pupils will study North America and see that there is more to this continent that just the USA.  We will look at the countries that make up this continent and compare how the landscape and natural environment varies as you move East to West and North to South.

The Mountain Environment
In this exciting unit of work, pupils look at how mountains are formed and the roles they play in peoples’ lives. With the help of Bear Grylls, pupils get a full understanding of the dangers and beauty of the mountain environment along with the challenges they face as they become increasingly used for leisure.

Pupils study this country of extremes comparing and contrasting Brazil to the UK. We look at the Amazon Rainforest and the challenges it faces in the future balancing the progress of Brazil with the environmental needs of the world.

The Environment
Pupils end the year by learning about the Environment and in particular the importance of looking after our World. They will be able to use their knowledge of both North and South America to identify human threats to the environment. Pupils will then discover the importance of the three “Rs” along with ways they can help prevent global warming and future climate change.

Geography Curriculum - Year 6

Volcanoes and Earthquakes
Pupils start year 6 with a ground shaking and explosive unit, in which they will learn; what causes Earthquakes and Volcanoes, what we can do to better prepare ourselves in the event of such a natural disaster and why some people choose to live near volcanoes despite the risks.

In this unit, pupils will continue their study of both physical and human Geography. Pupils will study how rivers are formed and what occurs when rivers are in flood. Pupils also look at the positive effects rivers have in our lives and the problems they can cause.
There should be an opportunity to study a river close up when they undertake fieldwork on a local river.

Making and Mapping Connections
Pupils end the year with a skills based unit, in which they will learn the art of making and reading maps. Pupils will work with Ordnance Survey maps learning the 6 figure grid method and how to use the various symbols and contour lines to navigate their way.

Geography Curriculum - Year 7

It’s Your Planet
This introductory unit introduces pupils to Key Stage 3 Geography.  We travel back in time to study; how the universe and the Earth was formed and how life has evolved over the millions of years before our existence.  We look at the natural and human changes that have happened and predict what the future holds for us all.

Pupils take the opportunity to look at the continent of Africa and we challenge our preconceptions of Africa and see what a stunning continent it is.  We look at the role Europeans have had in Africa’s history and how that still effects it today.  Pupils will look at the population distribution and density along with its rich variety of natural biomes.

The Horn of Africa
In this unit we narrow down our focus onto the Horn of Africa, focussing our attention on Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Eritrea.  We explore the physical features and climate, considering the effect that these have on the jobs and livelihoods of the indigenous population.  Pupils look at difficulties facing this varied region and what the future holds for these four contrasting countries.

Exploring Britain and London
This unit allows pupils to delve into what makes Britain such a unique and diverse place to live. Pupils will study the countries and counties that make up Britain along with looking at population density and reviewing Britain’s place within the World.  Finishing the module we focus our attention onto London, its history and why its geographical location has made it become a truly global city.

Geography Curriculum - Year 8

In this unit pupils study the rising population on Earth and look at the factors that have led to this, along with predicting the challenges facing us in the future.  We compare Germany’s population with Ethiopia’s and look at how an imbalanced population can cause different problems for each countries government. We then explore the unique difficulties that government’s face and consider how it is best for them to deal with these problems.

Pupils study the growth of urbanisation and how the UK moved from a rural based farming population to being overwhelmingly urban based.  We look at how this phenomenon has been replicated around the world and continues in Africa and Asia leading to some of the world’s largest city slums.  We look at the unique inventions being used to help modernise these slums and change the lives and futures for their millions of inhabitants.

In this unit we look at the World’s largest continent and see how it is a continent of extremes as it spans the Arctic Circle down to below the Equator.  Pupils study the countries and their history along with comparing physical features, climates and much more. 

South West China
We narrow our focus down to China and in particular the South West region of China.  Pupils study the plight of Tibet along with the challenges facing the inhabitants of the industrial area Chonqing.  We explore the difficulties facing China (With one of the world’s largest populations and economies) and how the use of hydroelectric power brings both challenges and answers to the country’s future.