Topic 6 Year 7 Geography
|No of lessons||13|
|When is it happening||Term 3 / half term|
|What will students learn||Students will be able to explain how the different features of particular ecosystems interact, resulting in different characteristics; including the adaptations of plants and animals. A particular focus on the importance of different types of soil and the impact on plants.|
|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 how ecosystem features are interdependent and developing this knowledge to explain the characteristics of five different global biomes; focussing on the structure and key characteristics as well as both plant and animal adaptions due to climate and soil.|
|This is knowledge that students may have met before but will need to deepen their understanding||Students have already investigated human activity and its consequences on climates, climate change and ecosystems.|
|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 a divided histogram.
Students will understand food chains and food webs.
|This is skills that students may have met before but will need to develop||
Students will use a variety of maps; reconnect to climate graphs.
Students will reconnect to latitude and longitude, focusing on the tropics and the Arctic Circle.
|Key vocabulary that students should know and understand||Climate zone, prey, predator, carnivore, herbivore, omnivore, GIS, canopy, tourist, impact (social / economic / environmental), precipitation, camouflage, nutrients, dense, sparse, continent, rural, globalisation, crops, climate change, ecosystem, component, biome, food chain, food web, abiotic, biotic, vegetation, producer, primary consumer, secondary consumer, tertiary consumer, decomposer, deciduous, beach, deposition, erosion, leaching, latosols, aridisols, permafrost, tundra.|
|The Big Question||What are the characteristics of different ecosystems?|
Key questions that students should be able to answer at the end of the 'Topic'
|What are the four components of an ecosystem?|
|What are the different ecosystems?|
|How are ecosystem components interrelated?|
|What is the structure and characteristics of a deciduous woodland?|
|What do the four components of an ecosystem look like in a deciduous woodland?|
|What is the structure and characteristics of sand dunes?|
|How are sand dunes managed?|
|How do plants and animals survive in hot deserts?|
|Why is soil important in hot deserts and rainforests?|
|What is permafrost in the Arctic Tundra?|
|How do biotic species adapt to the tundra?|
|How and why have animals adapted in the Savannah?
|How do people survive in the Savannah?