Key drivers of Key Stage 3 Geography are the following:
To nurture a lifelong want and enthusiasm in finding out more, and making sense of the amazing, beautiful, infinite, complex world that we live in.
A commitment to creating a geographic learning journey that allows every student to make progress by participating fully in the enjoyment and challenge of our ever-changing world.
To accurately plan, implement and deliver the core knowledge and skills needed to allow for mastery in Geography.
An entitlement for all students to participate in real world outside the classroom learning by providing fieldwork opportunities at all key stages
Our Geography curriculum encourages students to be able to:
Confidently think, speak, write and act geographically.
Be an active participant and investigator.
Have a broad and deep understanding of locational contexts.
Understand the importance of scale, from local to the global.
Be able to extend from the familiar and concrete to the unfamiliar and abstract.
Have the ability to confidently analyse a range of sources.
Make sense of the world by organising and linking information and ideas about people, places, processes and environment.
Form valid judgements, and link these to geographic theories and processes.
Be able to plan and undertake independent enquiry.
Formulate arguments that synthesise and evaluate material.
Year 7 units of study include a focus on the key concepts of:
What is Geography
Settlement and Urban Issues
Natural Resources in Crisis
Enquiry through Fieldwork
Year 8 units of study include a focus on the key concepts of:
Year 9 units of study include a focus on the key concepts of:
The Developmental Gap
Challenge of Natural Hazards
Climate Hazards & Climate Change
Making Geographical Decision
Key Stage 4 Geography is based on a balanced framework of physical and human geography. It allows students to investigate the link between the two themes, and approach and examine the battles between the man-made and natural worlds.
Students will travel the world from their classroom, exploring case studies in the United Kingdom (UK), higher income countries (HICs), newly emerging economies (NEEs) and lower income countries (LICs).
Topics of study include climate change, poverty, deprivation, global shifts in economic power and the challenge of sustainable resource use.
Students are also encouraged to understand their role in society, by considering different viewpoints, values and attitudes.
The GCSE exams in Geography include questions that will allow students to demonstrate their ability to: Draw together their knowledge, understanding and skills from across the full course of study.
There will be THREE exam papers for students to sit:
Paper 1 - Living with the physical environment - 1 hour 30 minutes - 88 marks - 35% of overall grade.
Paper 2 - Challenges in the human environment - 1 hour 30 minutes - 88 marks - 35% of overall grade.
Paper 3 - Geographical applications - 1 hour 15 minutes - 76 marks - 30% of overall grade.