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Year 7 Curriculum - Geography

Year 7 Learning Journey

Our local area:

Students will develop their knowledge of what Geography is. To explore the Geography of the local area around our school and practise fieldwork skills which will create a foundation throughout the key stage 3 and 4. These include;

  • Knowledge of countries around the World
  • Knowledge of countries within the UK
  • What our local environment it like
  • Developing investigation skills
  • How can we improve our local environment.


Students will look at the Earth's population on a global, national and local scale.

  • Where do people live in the World?
  • Why do people move?
  • How does the population change over time?
  • How can we manage the population of countries?
  • China
  • What is life like in urban areas?
  • Rural to urban migration
  • Problems with urbanisation
  • Comparing Urban areas
  • India

Weather and Climate/Wild weather

Students will review prior learning at key stage three and build on their knowledge looking at;

  • The difference between weather and climate
  • Global climate zones
  • Britain's climate
  • Water cycle and rainfall
  • Hurricanes
  • Hurricane Katrina/Bertha
  • Tornadoes Birmingham
  • Snow storms
  • Flooding
  • Droughts


Students will learn about the different ecosystems around the World. With a focus on rainforests.

  • What are the characteristics of an ecosystem?
  • Where are rainforests found?
  • What is the climate of the rainforest like?
  • What species are found in the rainforest?
  • How do plants and animals adapt to their ecosystem?
  • What is life like for tribes?
  • How can we use the rainforest without abusing it?

Fantastic places

Students will learn about some of the most incredible places from around the world. They will explore the environments and what makes them so spectacular. They will look at one place in each of the 7 continents.

  • Uk
  • Brazil
  • Antarctica
  • Australia
  • North America
  • India


Students will look at the urban models. Understanding where people live and why.

  • Where do people settle?
  • What do we find in our local area?
  • How do cities change over time?
  • How can we manage overcrowding in cities?
  • How can we make cities sustainable?
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