Students will investigate Geography through 15 units across their three years of KS3. Each unit will carefully develop and enhance a range of skills, allowing pupils to develop into effective learners and geographers.
Students commence with a study of the globe where they will sharpen their knowledge of various places around the world, beginning to understand the multifaceted nature of geography as a subject. Map Skills will then be taught, arming students with the key skills that will support them in their journey of thinking geographically. Students will consider the concept of ‘place’ which is a key theme that runs throughout the geography curriculum. Year 7 then move onto Development and the World of Work, learning how inequality is prevalent throughout the world, whilst also learning about strategies being used to tackle this issue; development and tackling inequality are topics that underpin much of their Geography study in KS3, 4 and 5. Following this they begin a unit on Rivers where students develop an understanding of the fundamentals of physical Geography, focusing students upon the natural landscape and humankind’s continuous battle against nature. Furthermore, a unit on the Middle East will be taught, tackling any misconceptions about the region that pupils may hold, informing them about this fascinating and diverse global region. Finally, students complete the year by doing a local River Enquiry, where they will conduct geographical research, learning critical thinking and analytical skills.
In year 8, students will deepen their geographical knowledge, commencing the year by learning about Coasts, focusing on the processes and the features they form. A focus is given to coastal erosion and management, linked to named examples in the UK. Year 8 will then continue with Population & Migration, exploring the changing global demographic trends, in a world that is today home to almost 8 billion people. Hazards is the next unit that the year 8’s undertake, learning about the extreme natural events such as earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis. Weather and Climate & Ecosystems is the next unit, and students will be expected to understand the factors that influence the weather and how climate change is having an impact globally. This unit is linked with an exploration of the climatic factors that influence key ecosystems and environments globally, with a special focus on the desert and rainforest. The final unit in Year 8 focuses on the Geography of Africa, examining different case studies, exploring how historical factors such as colonialism impacted African countries in the past, and how its effects are still seen in many African countries today. Additionally, the year 8’s will also learn about Africa’s physical characteristics, various cultures and the continents sprawling cities through engaging with a myriad of case studies.
Year 9 begin the year by focusing on Life in a Newly Emerging Economy, drawing on their understanding of development to investigate how we can tackle the issues associated with developing countries and rapidly urbanising cities. They will look at the distribution of emerging economies and focus on the processes that occur within these complex locations. Students then move on to one of the most important contemporary Geographical issues, Climate Change. They will explore the causes, evidence for, and the impacts of climate change, linking this to a variety of named places on a local, national and global level. They will then consider the options that we face in reducing our carbon footprints and adapting to life in a changing world. Following this, students will begin to learn about the Issues of Urbanisation, understanding why factors such as resources, infrastructure and space are important to consider when thinking about the rapidly expanding urban environments from around the globe. Students will then move on to Resource Management, taking on board the challenges of providing water, energy, and food to the UK population, and the 7.8 billion people globally. They will consider the sustainability of the options ahead of us as populations continue to boom. Finally, the Year 9’s will conclude the year by using their geographical skills and knowledge to complete a Local Fieldwork Enquiry.
Homework will be set once a term as a project, which will be broken down into several steps. The project will support the pupil’s classroom learning, encouraging them to deepen their geographical knowledge and understanding. The homework will require the pupils to utilise the internet and library to research specific case studies, broadening their geographical ‘general knowledge’ whilst teaching them valuable transferable skills; preparing them for testing and the end of year exams, whilst additionally preparing them for life after school whether they go to university or into the world of work.
Teacher assessments will be set every term and will test a variety of skills. These will be used to assess progress and help determine the end of Key Stage 3 level of achievement. Students may be given time both in lessons and at home to complete the assessments and deadlines must be met. Students will also sit end of term and end of year assessments which will be set on previous topics studied.