Topic 3 Year 8 Geography 

Topic  Economic Development 
No of lessons  11
When is it happening  Term 2 - 11 weeks
What will students learn 

Students will develop their understanding of the economic classification of countries and other indicators of development. 

Students will discuss causes of uneven development and consider the impacts of development on people's standard of living (SoL) and quality of life (QoL). 

Students will learn strategies to reduce the development gap, with a particular focus on Fair Trade. 

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 

Defining countries' development on data and comparing features of high income and low income countries.  

Explaining links between birth/death rate, employment structure and wealth.    

Discussing causes of uneven development with an emphasis on the relationship between climate and prosperity.  Explaining impacts of uneven development on SoL and QoL - comparison of India and Australia and a case study of Dharavi.  

Describe strategies to reduce development gap with an emphasis on explaining how Fair Trade improves farmer's SoL and QoL. 

This is knowledge that students may have met before but will need to deepen their understanding  Students already have some knowledge of economically grouping countries, the importance of trade on development, the demographic transition model, employment structures, causes and impacts of climate change. 
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 read and describe pie charts.  
This is skills that students may have met before but will need to develop  Students will use Atlas maps to locate countries, reconnect to latitude and longitude (particularly between the Tropics), choropleth map and describing locations using continents and compass directions. 
Key vocabulary that students should know and understand Human factors, physical factors, economic, social, environmental impacts, High Income , Low income and middle income, gross national income, distribution, continents, specific, exception, trend, distribution,  pattern, demographic transition model, employment, primary sector, secondary sector, tertiary sector, quaternary sector, natural increase/decrease, natural disaster, conflict, trade, choropleth map, refugees, urban, rural, migration, push/pull factors, industrial development, urbanisation, megacity, fairtrade, development, Newly Emerging Economies, per capita, indicators, birth rate, death rate, gross domestic product, literacy rate, landlocked, colonisation, standard of living, quality of life, slum settlement, informal economy. 
The Big Question  Why are some countries more developed than others and how does this impact people? 


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

How do features of high income and low income compare? 
Compare richer and poorer countries?
Where are the higher incomes, newly emerging economies and lower incomes in the world? 
How do we measure development?
How can the demographic transition model be used to predict levels of development? 
How does employment structure show levels of development?
Why are some countries more developed than others? 
How does a lack of development affect quality of life and standard of life ? 
How is QoL and SoL better in HICs?
What are the impacts of rapid urbanisation in low income countries and newly emerging economies ?
How can the development gap be reduced?