Topic 2 Year 8 Geography 

Topic  Natural landscapes
No of lessons  12
When is it happening  Term 1 - 9 weeks
What will students learn 

Students will be able to identify how the earth changes naturally over time; with a focus on coasts, rivers and ice. 

Students should understand how humans interact with natural landscapes. 

Key Knowledge that students should know at the end of 'Topic' This is the knowledge that students will meet for the first time in this topic  Understanding of how Earth has changed over geological timescales.  Understanding of the processes of weathering and erosion.  Explaining the formation of landforms (waterfalls, headlands and bays, sea stacks and corries).  Explaining how natural landscapes attract tourists.  Explaining how tourists are attracted to and have impacts on The Lake District and Machu Picchu. Understanding of how tourism in natural landscapes can be more sustainable.
This is knowledge that students may have met before but will need to deepen their understanding 

Students will have already acquired some knowledge on different types of landscapes such as beaches. Students should already know the continents.  Students should already understand from plate tectonics that the Earth naturally changes over time. 

Key Skills that students should be able to demonstrate at the end of 'Topic' This is the skills  that students will meet for the first time in this topic

Students will develop the techniques for describing the formation of landforms.  Students will learn to field sketch and annotate landscape pictures and photo inference. Students will develop debating skills. 

This is skills that students may have met before but will need to develop  Students will develop atlas and GIS skills (Google Earth) skills when investigating different landforms.  Describing locations. 
Key vocabulary that students should know and understand Continent, country, tourism, human, physical, climate, impacts, sustainability, settlement, process, landform, geological, eon, period, era, erosion (hydraulic action and abrasion, plucking), deposition, weathering, resistant(rock), waterfall, headland, bay, sea stack, corrie, arête, pyramidal peak, civilisation, Inca, trek, mortar, UNESCO, heritage. 
The Big Question  How do natural processes cause landscapes to change shape and why are some landscapes a resource? 


 Key questions that students should be able to answer at the end of the 'Topic'


How has the earth changed over time? 
Why do natural landscapes change shape? 
How does erosion shape the earth? 
How are waterfalls formed? 
How are headlands and bays formed? 
How is a sea stack formed? 
How have glaciers shaped the land? 
How to describe the formation of a glacial landform? 
Why do natural landscapes attract tourists? 
Why do tourists visit Machu Picchu and is this sustainable? 
Why do tourists visit the Lake District and is this sustainable? 
What is a world heritage site and which one should be saved?