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.
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.
- Earthquakes and volcanoes
- 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.
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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.