The geography course at Key Stage 3 aims to prepare students for the GCSE course in Key Stage 4. In Year 7 students study a variety of topics in physical and human geography. During the year students will build on their geographical knowledge and develop their skills. In Year 8 students will use the knowledge and skills developed during Year 7 to develop their exam technique in preparation for starting their GCSE in Year 9.
Changes to the GCSE specification means that it is now vital that students have global awareness and a wide variety of skills. These skills are built in to all topic areas however it is useful if KS3 students build their own knowledge at home. Ways to do this include watching the news regularly, studying maps and locating places and researching countries.
The Geography Department is dedicated to creating an exciting and intriguing scheme of work that aims to engage and inspire all students.
Students are studying the new AQA A specification (9-1 grades) in years 9 and 10. This exciting and relevant course studies geography in a balanced framework of physical and human themes and investigates the link between them. 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.
Our Year 11 students are currently studying the AQA A specification. This specification inspires learners to become global citizens, giving them the opportunity to explore their place in the world, their values and their responsibilities to other people. Students studying specification A will study physical processes and how they produce diverse and dynamic landscapes over time, learn about the interdependence of physical environments and the interaction between people and the environment and receive balanced and manageable coverage of both physical and human geography.
Changing Urban Environments
The Coastal Zone
Rocks, Scenery and Landscapes
There are two tiers of assessment: Foundation (G-C) and Higher (D-A*)