Key Stage 3
During students’ time in Key Stage 3 we aim to introduce the fun, inquisitive, wonderful, and (sometimes) weird world of Geography. Pupils will become more aware of their local, national and global surroundings, their individual and group impacts and answer their questions – where, why, how? Throughout their Geography lessons we explore OS maps, atlases, photographs, debate, texts, news articles and film/news/media clips preparing students not only for their time spent studying Geography, but also to offer a broader sense and understanding of our world.
In Year 7, students are introduced to all things Geography. We look at ‘What is Geography?’ Pupils identify local, national and global parts of the world. They will develop essential map and atlas skills that will form a foundation of knowledge for the next 5 years of Geography before moving onto weather, climate and global warming.
Year 8 brings the study of water on the land (rivers and coasts), investigating how and why our cities are changing all around the world before moving onto studying Brazil and the weird and wonderful rainforest.
In year 9 pupils cover the unequal distribution of resource management and look at the future of energy in the UK. We study the exciting topic of our restless planet, investigating some of the most recent natural disasters. They complete the year answering “why is there uneven development around 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.