Key Stage 3 Geography

In geography we help our students to develop an understanding of the complex planet that we live on and the atmosphere that surrounds it. By studying the delicate balance of interactions between humans and our natural environment, we enable students to consider how sustainable our lifestyles are and the impact that our actions have on the landscape around us.

“It's not just climate change; it's sheer space, places to grow food for this enormous horde. Either we limit our population growth or the natural world will do it for us, and the natural world is doing it for us right now.” David Attenborough

Course description

In Year 7 students start with an introduction to the subject, where we focus on developing the fundamental skills that will be used throughout the subject over the next few years. The unit on wondrous places helps the students to appreciate the beauty, diversity and uniqueness of different places around the globe. The natural dangers and changing nature of our planet are explored through the unit on natural hazards, while students grow a better understanding of the physical context that surrounds them via their study of coastal, fluvial and glacial landscapes in Yorkshire. Towards the end of the academic year we take our students on a trip to see Geography in action outside of the classroom by visiting the coast at Bridlington and Flamborough Head.

In Year 8 students start the year with a study of amazing geographical places, both physical and human. This unit is designed to widen their knowledge of exciting and unique destinations around the world – hopefully inspiring future holiday destinations for our young adventurers. The students then go onto examine 21st Century Geographies where they will explore a multitude of fascinating topics such as; Geography of crime, climate change, Geography through social media and Geography and Journalism. This topic may even ignite an idea for a future career! Weird cities considers the unseen world of the planets major urban centres examining concepts such as how mega cities cope with the exponential growth of their populations. The concept of a ‘shrinking world’ is explored through the globalisation topic, where students get to appreciate the ways in which countries around the world are all interconnected. The final topic of development helps to further strengthen the students’ value of compassion, through a deeper understanding of the disparities that occur around the globe.

Assessments

Pupils will be given one formal end of unit assessment each term, which will be completed in their progress book. At least one homework each half term will also be completed in their progress books and will act as a mid-topic checkpoint, to enable us to support and extend the students’ learning further.

Ways to help my child succeed

Encourage your child to watch the news and take an interest in places that they visit. Discuss the topics they are studying in school and encourage them to read around the topic outside of school. Please don’t hesitate to contact the department for further ideas.

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