Natural Environments: Biomes (Extra Unit)

This unit focuses on what biomes are and where they are located. 

What the key hostile biomes are and where they can be found.

The location and types of deserts will be explored in the context of mapping exercises. 

Students will gain an understanding of how the different landforms found in a desert are created. 

An investigation of how living entities have adapted to the harsh conditions of the desert. 

How humans have impacted the desert regions will also be explored. ​





Key Concept

Change - how do landscapes change and evolve?



Related Concepts

Processes, management and intervention - how are desert landforms created? How have humans adapted to living in a desert?



Global Context

Globalisation and Sustainability - how can current desert landscapes be preserved?



Statement of Inquiry

Natural processes shape dynamic landscapes which change over time and may require management and intervention to be maintained.



Inquiry Questions


 Factual Questions: Remembering facts and topics Conceptual Questions: Analysing big ideasDebatable Questions: Evaluating perspectives and developing theories.
  • What is a biome and where can the different biomes be found?
  • How do plants and animals adapt to the desert biome conditions?
  • How do humans interact and survive in the desert biome?
  •  How does climate change impact the rate of change in dynamic landscapes?
  •  Desert biomes are always difficult for humans to survive in. Discuss.