Focus Area 4G1 Investigating the World

The nature of Geography

The physical elements of environments:
    • air
    • flora and fauna
    • soil
    • solar energy (heat and light)
    • water
Students learn to:
  • classify features of the environment as physical or human elements

The human elements of environments:
    • agricultural
    • industrial
    • settlements
    • economic
    • political
    • sociocultural
Students learn to:
  • record patterns of physical and human elements of environments

The interaction of the physical and human elements
Students learn to:
  • identify patterns resulting from the interaction of the physical and human environments

Our world

Global representation using maps
The importance and use of latitude
The importance and use of longitude
Global patterns of physical and human features
Students learn to:
  • recognise continents using different map projections
  • use latitude to describe the global pattern of climate, including the spatial and seasonal change in insolation
  • use longitude to explain world time zones
  • describe global patterns of physical and human features

Geographical research

Key geographical questions
Students learn to:
  • apply key geographical questions to a local environment

The use of geographical tools in investigating the physical and human environment
Students learn to:
  • use geographical tools to measure and record elements of the local environment
  • present geographical information about the local environment using a range of written, oral and graphic forms

World Heritage Sites

Natural (physical) and cultural (human) sites
The criteria and process for World Heritage listing
International treaties and agreements related to World Heritage sites
Organisations responsible for World Heritage sites
Students learn to:
  • identify and locate natural and cultural World Heritage sites
  • use geographical questions to investigate a World Heritage site
  • explain the importance of World Heritage listing
  • legal obligations of governments to the preservation of World Heritage sites
  • outline the role of individuals, groups and governments in identifying and protecting World Heritage sites