Year Seven

During Year Seven, pupils will consider how Geography can be sub-divided and what aspects of the subject can be placed into each category. Pupils will specifically focus upon issues surrounding ‘local’ Geography through a range of different modules. The modules covered in Year Seven are listed below.

Module One: Where do we live?

Content: Pupils will be expected to investigate the physical, human and environmental Geography of their local area. Time will be spent completing an enquiry-led project using census data along with a smaller investigation into the issues surrounding the location of a Tesco superstore in Talbot Green.

Module Two: Where in Wales?

Content: This module will centre around the locating of key physical and human features within Wales and an understanding of their importance with regards to national heritage and geographical processes. 

Module Three: How do rivers change the World in which we live?

Content: This module focuses on the important global issue of water. Pupils will spend time investigating why people need water and the way that water is often mismanaged. Time is spent discussing the hydrological cycle; identifying flows and stores within this cycle.

Pupils then move on to study rivers as both a source of water and also a powerful force which shapes our landscape. This leads pupils on to develop knowledge and understanding of the formation of selected landforms within a drainage basin.

The module concludes within an analysis of the causes and effects drought as an example of a ‘natural’ hazard. The module promotes the use of ICT and mapping skills through the locating of key rivers around the World.

Module Four: How does our weather machine work?

Content: The penultimate module in Year Seven begins with pupils distinguishing between weather and climate as key geographical terms. An early homework in the module requires puils to keep a homework diary to enable them to ascertain patterns in local weather over a hort period of time. 

Time is spent during the module learning how weather can be measured using scientific equipment and pupils will have the chance to measure weather within a microclimate eqnuiry. This leads naturally on to an analysis of weather maps and the information which they provide us with. 

Pupils spend part of the module discussing the reasons for the changeable climate in the British Isles, which leads to lessons learning about the causes of different types of rainfall. The module concludes with a couple of lessons considering the impact weather can have on both the physical landscape and humans.

Module Five: How do we spend our leisure time?

Content: During the latter part of the summer term, Year Seven pupils develop understanding of how leisure is an important part of people’s lives and how activities change with family cycle and age. This module is largely conducted through project work which develops pupils independent learning skills.

Issues surrounding the sustainability of leisure activities around the World and the need for better management of these activities concludes the module and thus the first year of Geography at Y Pant!



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