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Year Seven Topic Two: Living in the UK​​​​​​​

This topic builds on the locational geography from ‘Fascinating Places and Where to find them’ and looks at many aspects of the geography of the United Kingdom, including an introduction to the UK’s weather and climate, the population structure of the UK and the difference between rural and urban areas.  There is a detailed look at the city of Leicester and an introduction to urban models.

 

Intent

Knowledge acquired:

  • The make-up of the countries of the United Kingdom
  • The weather and climate of different regions of the United Kingdom
  • The population structure and density of different areas of the United Kingdom
  • The differences between rural and urban areas
  • The different sectors of the economy
  • The characteristics of urban areas within the United Kingdom

Skills developed:

  • Interpreting a range of maps, plans, models and sets of data
  • Oracy – presenting choices and ideas to others in the class
  • Written communication – describing places and explaining patterns in more detail

Understanding:

  • Deepening understanding of the links between physical and human geographical characteristics

Links to previous study (where applicable):

  • Links to the locational geography from ‘Fascinating Places and Where to find them’

Links to future study / the wider world (where applicable):

  • Links to weather and climate (studied in Years 9 and 10)
  • Links to globalisation (studied in Years 9 and 11)
  • Links to urban geography (studied in Year 10)

 

Implementation

Number of lessons: 10

Sequence of lessons: (some elements take more than one hour to deliver)

  1. Our island home
  2. Our weather
  3. Who are we?
  4. Where do we live?
  5. Our jobs
  6. Our biggest cities
  7. Leicester, our nearest city
  8. Build your own city

Main resources:

  • Teacher-prepared PowerPoint presentation and worksheets for each lesson
  • Geog.1 pages 46- 59

Method of assessment:

  • End of topic test
  • Regular, low-stakes quizzes and memory recall activities throughout the topic

Use of assessments:

  • Recall activities used to inform on-going teaching and learning.
  • End of topic test: used to identify areas of strength and weakness in terms of knowledge and skills.  Areas of weakness addressed throughout the remainder of the course.