Key Stage 3
During pupils’ time in key stage 3 we aim to introduce and embed key skills that will be needed throughout the years in which they spend studying Geography. This is explored through using OS maps, atlases, photographs, texts, news articles and film/news/media clips.
In Year 7 pupils are introduced to all things Geography. We look at ‘what is geography’ before pupils study their personal links with Geography. During the Autumn term we develop essential map and atlas skills and move on to cover weather, climate and the causes, impacts and responses to global warming.
During Year 8 pupils study water on the land, settlement and population – all three are significant topics at GCSE so a base level of knowledge and understanding is gained to help prepare for KS4. We develop exam skills through practice questions in lessons and tests and introduce extended writing through case studies.
Year 9 is an important year as pupils have now opted for Geography as a potential GCSE subject. We therefore cover topics and develop skills that will be in their final exams including resources management around the world in and the UK, natural hazards – earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis and hurricanes before moving onto development and the emerging new ‘super powers’ of the world.
Key Stage 4
Examination Board / Awarding Body: AQA 9-1 GCSE Geography
Why Study Geography?
Geography is viewed by employers as a key indicator of students with all-round ability. It involves use of language, mathematics, and data analysis. Geography involves developing some important skills including ICT, GIS technology, presentation and problem solving. Geography gives students a broad knowledge of the world around them.
At KS4, there are two fieldwork opportunities; one to investigate physical processes, such as coastal management and another to investigate a human geography issue.
The syllabus is based on three key areas:
Theme 1: Living with the physical environment – rivers, coasts, ecosystems, hazards.
Theme 2: Challenges in the urban environment – population, economic development, resource management.
Theme 3: Geographical Applications & Skills – resource interpretation, fieldwork techniques, data interpretation.
100% exam – three exams at the end of Year 11 – one in each of the three areas above.