KS3 | Geography

Key Stage 3 geography aims to develop students’ skills in writing, presentation and numeracy through the study of contemporary and engaging topics. It begins with issues and places local to students’ experiences before widening in scope to more global issues in Year 8.

Key Stage 3 Co-Ordinator:

Mr G Delbourgo 

Overview

Year 7:

Autumn term

Students will begin the year by gaining an understanding of what geography is and investigating the geography of their local area. Developing abilities with geographical skills begins with an introduction to essential atlas and OS map skills; these foundations build students’ confidence and competence so that they effectively embed them in a story about a DofE expedition. Students are first assessed on the map skills themselves, before working collaboratively on route planning for the expedition. The DofE expedition story is written up as an individual piece of work following the group work (route planning).

Students then begin a unit on weather and climate, which continues into the New Year.

Spring term

The New Year continues with the unit on weather and climate, which includes a look at the hydrological cycle and types of rain. Throughout, students are developing a number of skills, such as graph plotting and interpretation, logical reasoning and explaining effectively / developing ideas through making explicit linked statements. After February half term, the focus switches to some contemporary geographical issues, such as threats to biodiversity, population pressures, energy resources and desertification.

Summer term

The first half of the summer term begins with developing students’ competencies with a range of geographical skills (cartographic, graphical, numerical, statistical and subject literacy); this is done through themes, focused on other contemporary geographical issues (e.g. pollution, flood risk, migration, etc.)

 There is then time, built-in to the latter part of the term, for revision, in the run-up to end-of-year examinations.

Year 8:

Autumn term

Students begin the year with a focus on human geography and the development of nations. The main focus of this unit is to gain an understanding of what progress means for countries and societies, how this can be measured and what these measurement statistics tell us about how developed a place is compared to others; this is done through an investigation into Brazil, Russia, India and China (the so-called ‘BRICs’) in which a justified evaluation of the most developed country is made.

After October half term, the emphasis shifts towards physical geography – specifically coastal environments –  exploring how natural processes lead to changes in the landscape.

Spring term

The New Year begins with the study of plate tectonics to gain a secure understanding of why earthquakes and volcanoes occur where they do and the landscapes they create. The assessment for this unit is a decision-making exercise in which students develop their skills in making links and justifying their decisions, with supporting evidence.

A detailed investigation into tropical revolving storms, as part of investigating extreme weather, then follows – exploring their global distribution, causes and impacts, through a contemporary case study.

Summer term

The extreme weather theme continues with a study of rivers – particularly the relationship between river processes, landscapes and the risk of flooding.

There is then time, built-in to the latter part of the term, for revision, in the run-up to end-of-year examinations.

Before the summer break, students re-visit and consolidate OS map skills through a decision-making exercise centred on which is the most challenging route up Ben Nevis (the highest mountain in the UK).