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St Paul's School
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Year 8 Curriculum - Geography

Energy and the Environment

  • What is the difference between renewable and non-renewable energy?
  • What are fossil fuels and how are they formed?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of different types of energy?
  • The energy debate.
  • What is global warming, what problems does it cause and what can we do about it?
  • How can we be more sustainable?


  • What is globalisation?
  • How are we connected to the world?
  • What are the different job industries?
  • What does this tell you about a country?
  • What is a production chain?
  • Where do we make our clothes?
  • What is life like in sweatshops?
  • Fair trade

Advanced Map Skills

  • Embedding Year 7 knowledge of places around the World
  • How can we recognise height on a 2d map?
  • Interpreting data and resources.
  • How to use 6 figure grid references
  • Annotating images/ photos/sketches
  • How can we represent simple data in Geography?

Cold Environments

  • Where are the cold environments found around the World?
  • What is the history behind the exploration of the Arctic Circle?
  • What species are found in cold environments?
  • How do they adapt to the climate?
  • Who owns Antarctica?
  • Why is Antarctica useful?
  • Why do people visit Antarctica?
  • How can we protect the environment?

River Features

  • Where are the rivers of the world?
  • What are the characteristics of a river?
  • How does a river change down stream?
  • What are the river processes?
  • What features are formed in a river?
  • What causes a river to flood?
  • Where do we get flooding around the World?
  • Where can we get flooding in the UK?
  • What problems can flooding cause?
  • What can we do to control rivers?

Global Issues

  • Trade issues- fair trade
  • Clean water sources
  • Is there enough food for everyone?
  • What can we do to control rivers?
  • Living with pirates
  • Is there a global divide?