Topic 5 Year 8 Geography 

Topic  Our divided world
No of lessons  10
When is it happening  Term 3 - 6 weeks
What will students learn

Students will deepen their knowledge of the Middle East, Russia and China. 

Students will explain the economic growth of the Middle East (focus on Dubai) due to oil/tourism. 

Students will understand the term transcontinental

countries with a focus on Russia now being a tourist destination. 

Students will consider Russia and China's rise to superpowers and the global impacts of this. 

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  Consider the division through culture and religion and investigate the making of country borders (political and physical). Have knowledge of the physical features of the Middle East/Russia.  Understand the economic growth in the Middle East (focus on Dubai) due to the availability of oil as a resource. Recognise transnational countries.  Investigate Russia in terms of population, distribution and tourism.  Compare Russia and China as superpowers
This is knowledge that students may have met before but will need to deepen their understanding  Students know the world is divided by continents and countries and also the economic development divisions that exist.  Students already have knowledge of China's topography.  Students understand the need for trade in order to economically develop.
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  recognise how countries are divided using Atlas' in greater depth. 

Students will select relevant  information in order to make a decision

This is skills that students may have met before but will need to develop 

Students will develop their Atlas/map skills. 

Students will read a variety of sources to gain information. 

Key vocabulary that students should know and understand Physical and human features, culture, religion, economic growth, economic development, topography, gross domestic product, gross national product, tourism, transcontinental, superpower, global impacts, physical and human borders, economic growth, resource, population, distribution, continents, countries, trade. 
The Big Question  How and why is our world divided by physical and human factors?


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

How is our word divided? 
What are the physical and human features of the Middle East? 
How are the UK and Middle East connected? 
Is Dubai a  sustainable city?
What is a transcontinental country? 
How is rural and urban Russia different? 
Why is Russia a superpower? 
Why is China a superpower? 
Are Russia and China the same or different?