Topic 3 Year 9 Geography 

Topic  Can the world cope?
No of lessons  13
When is it happening  Term 2 - 10 weeks
What will students learn Students will be able to explain how natural environments are being affected both by human and physical events and further understand how these can be protected.  Students will explain how resources are exploited, but also explain how these can be managed with a focus on the theory of sustainable energy resources; sustainable food resources. 
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  How weather hazards can be managed in order to explain how their affects can be reduced.  Explain how adaptation and mitigation can help manage the affects of climate change.  Explain how the needs for a growing world population are changing and how these changing needs can/should be met in terms of food, water and energy.  The changing needs of populations in growing cities and how these needs can be met sustainably. 
This is knowledge that students may have met before but will need to deepen their understanding  Students have learnt about various natural hazards that threaten environments. Students have learnt the consequences of climate change and the threat to both physical and human environments. 
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 All skills used in this topic will have been taught in previous years. 
This is skills that students may have met before but will need to develop  Students will use a variety of sources (images, maps, graphs,) to obtain information.  Students will reconnect to latitude and longitude. 
Key vocabulary that students should know and understand Tectonics, deforestation, hazards, disasters, earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, plates, plate boundaries, weather, climate, birth/death rate, population, life expectancy, megacity, LICs, MICs, NEEs, HICs, literacy, urbanisation, social, economic, standard of living, quality of life, desertification,  fairtrade, family planning, impermeable, poverty, renewable, non-renewable, fossil fuels, physical/human geography, development, sustainable, globalisation, climate change, greenhouse gases, ground deformation, seismic activity, gas emissions, seismometer, lagged, debris, boreholes, rolling stock, infrastructure, yields, intermediate technology, geology, over-abstraction, consumption, kinetic, finite, radioactive, decommissioning, controversial, carbon neutral. 
The Big Question  To what extent can the world manage the needs of a growing population and the risks of natural hazards? 


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



What are the threats to our world today?
How well can we protect ourselves from the risks of natural hazards - tectonics? 
How well can we protect ourselves from the risks of natural hazards - weather? 
Where are the world's populations growing the  fastest? 
What are the challenges and opportunities in megacities? 
Is there enough food to feed the world? 
Is there enough water to ensure nobody is thirsty? 
Where is the most energy consumed? 
Will there be enough energy to meet our future demands? 
Can all major cities be sustainable? 
How well does globalisation meet our wants/needs?
Does the increase in waste produced through human activity need to be managed? 
Can we live with climate change?