Geography is the study of the earth’s landscapes, peoples, places and environments. It is, quite simply, about the world in which we live. Geography is unique in bridging the social sciences (human geography) with the natural sciences (physical geography).

Geography puts this understanding of social and physical processes within the context of places and regions – recognising the great differences in cultures, political systems, economies, landscapes and environments across the world, and the links between them. Understanding the causes of differences and inequalities between places and social groups underlie much of the newer developments in human geography.

Geography provides an ideal framework for relating other fields of knowledge. It is not surprising that those trained as geographers often contribute substantially to the applied management of resources and environments.

Course Overview

What are we Studying?

Year 7 pupils study the following topics over the course of the year. Geography is taught in Form Groups and students have two Geography lessons per fortnight.

  • Autumn Term
    • My Local Area
    • Earthquakes
  • Spring Term
    • Volcanoes
    • Map skills
  • Summer Term
    • Climate and Weather
      Pupils learn about the differences between weather and climate, how weather conditions can be measured and how these measurements can be used to identify variations in weather in different regions of the UK and around the world.  Pupils are introduced to the Water Cycle and learn about the different types of rainfall.  Students are encouraged to find out for themselves the factors that influence and affect the different types of rainfall.
    • Geography of Sport

Learning Skills

During Year 7 in Geography we have a particular aim to develop students’ skills of independent enquiry, creative thinking, self-manager and effective participation. Homework tasks are intended to support students in the development of these areas where appropriate.

Extension Activities

  • Keep up-to-date with current affairs.
  • Keep looking at your environment.
  • Watch relevant TV programmes.


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Home Learning Policy

In Year 7 students have one lesson of Geography a week. Homework is intended to extend and develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the topics covered during lessons. Homework will be set for students once every two lessons and more substantial homework will be set over a four-week period.

Homework Includes

  • Research of a particular topic (information found should be written in students own words and not simply copy and pasted from the internet).
  • Creative tasks such as designing posters or leaflets.
  • Revision for tests.
  • Extended writing such as an essay or newspaper article.

Homework Assessments

What extra work could I do to help me understand this topic better?

Keep a diary of the weather and the main pattern of weather activities for a week.

  • Find 3 different types of weather forecasts (e.g. internet, newspaper, TV, radio) for Macclesfield for next weekend. Keep a careful watch on the weather and see which forecast turns out to be most accurate.
  • Talk to your friends about the weather! Think about some different places that you have visited yourself. What was the weather like there? Did it affect the things that you did when you stayed or visited that place?
  • Listening out for information on weather trends on the news e.g. what was the weather like for the last month compared to the average? And seeing how this impacts on things like water supply, flooding and agriculture.

Year Plan

Assessment date Topics to be assessed
1st half term
  • Local Area
  • Atlas Work
2nd half term
  • Earthquakes
3rd half term
  • Volcanoes
  • Map Work
4th half term
  • Map Work
  • Climate and Weather
5th half term
  • Micro-Climate and Environmental Study
6th half term
  • Geography of Sport