Topic 4 Year 8 Geography 

Topic  Weather and weather hazards
No of lessons  13
When is it happening  Term 2/3 - 8 weeks
What will students learn

Students must develop their understanding of weather and climate in different parts of the world. 

Students will explain the causes, impacts and responses to several extreme weather events. 

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 key terms of weather and climate and how these can be measured. 

Investigating the concept of microclimate around the school grounds.  Explaining the concepts of types of rainfall and high and low air pressure and the resultant weather conditions.  Explaining the causes impacts and responses to the extreme weather events of Somerset 2014 flood, tornados and Typhoon Mangkhut. 

This is knowledge that students may have met before but will need to deepen their understanding 

Students should already have basic knowledge of continents and some countries and will have some knowledge of types of weather that is experienced in different locations.   Students should also have some basic knowledge of climate zones. 

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 interpret pressure charts.  Students will conduct fieldwork, measuring aspects of microclimate. 
This is skills that students may have met before but will need to develop  Students will read and describe climate graphs. Students will create annotated diagram and use
varied maps to identify continents, countries and regions.
Key vocabulary that students should know and understand Climate, impact, response, continent, social, economic, environmental, ecosystem, biome, temperature, rainfall, physical, human, precipitation, evaporation, condensation, weather, anemometer, weather vane, barometer, air pressure, Oktas, millibars, rain gauge, microclimate, aspect, convectional rainfall, frontal rainfall, relief rainfall, dredging, prolonged, tornado, updraft, funnel cloud, Fujita scale, tropical storm/ typhoon, track, storm surge. 
The Big Question  What causes different types of weather? What are the causes, impacts and responses to some extreme weather events? 


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

Weather or climate? 
How can we measure different types of weather? 
What factors affect microclimate? 
How can we investigate different microclimates? 
How do we describe data we have collected? 
How can we analyse and use our findings?
What weather does high and low air pressure bring? 
Why do places like Hebden Bridge flood? 
Why were the Somerset Floods an extreme weather event? 
What are the impacts of a tornado? 
How do tropical storms form? 


What were the impacts of Typhoon Mangkhut? 


How did people respond to Typhoon Mangkhut ?