Year 7 Geography

A semester-long subject taken by all students, either in first or second semester.

Rationale

In this course, students are introduced to the study of Geography.  This involves an introduction to geographical skills such as mapping, field sketching and the observation of geographical patterns.  Students investigate the world around them with a particular focus on the spatial concepts of location and distribution.  In particular they investigate deserts and endangered species, with an emphasis on discovering the beauty of the world around them and recognising the value of these important environments.

Course Objectives

Students should be able to:

  • Compare the characteristics of significant regions in Australia and the world.
  • Explain how natural processes and human activities change environments.
  • Explain how natural environments change over time.
  • Develop a plan to address the impacts of change.

Content

  • Geography skills: What is Geography? What are maps and what are their main features? What is fieldwork and how can it be used? Reading different types of maps; constructing original maps; field sketching; using a compass; using an atlas; latitude and longitude.
  • Desert environments: What are deserts? Types of deserts; where deserts are found; desert flora and fauna; human interactions; survival in the desert.
  • Endangered Species: What are endangered species? Which species are at risk? How are endangered species protected?

Assessment

  • Classroom learning activities
  • Topic tests
  • Research tasks
  • Collaborative projects
  • Fieldwork activities
  • Unit examination