Year 8 Geography

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

Rationale

The Earth is a dynamic place, its people and landforms are diverse and changing all the time.  In this course students will investigate parts of the world around them (building upon the geographical skills learnt in Year 7) and how these impact on the lives of humans.  There will be a particular focus on learning about the people who live around us in the Asia-Pacific Region, and the effects of natural disasters such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis, cyclones and wildfires.

Course Objectives

Students will:

  • Describe natural processes and study global distribution patterns.
  • Discuss the variety found in human cultures.
  • Explain how natural processes and human activities change environments.
  • Explain how natural environments change over time.
  • Enhance geographical skills:  mapping, data analysis and interpretation.

Content

  • Natural Disasters     

What is a natural disaster? How do disasters occur? What are the effects of disasters on humans? How can we manage disasters better? Hazards and disasters covered will include: earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, cyclones and wildfires.

  •  Asia-Pacific Region

What is the location and spatial association of major countries in the Asia Pacific region? How diverse is the Asia-Pacific region? What are the living conditions and lifestyles of the Region? What are the critical issues facing the Asia Pacific region (including climate change, poverty and land use)?

  • Weather         

Where does our weather come from? How do our weather systems work? What are the layers of the atmosphere? What is the water cycle and how does it operate? Why are some places on the earth hot and others cold? How do you read weather maps?

Assessment

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