Key Stage 3
We follow the skills progression model: building knowledge and understanding into application and evaluation. Appreciation of the world around us is fostered through core units:
Year 7: What is a geographer? Using key geographical skills such as map reading and use of data
Year 8: Tectonics, Migration, Coasts
Year 9: Development - how different parts of the world have developed, why this has happened and the impact? Climate change
This is based upon the National Curriculum which overlaps with Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 but assuming little prior knowledge in a thematic curriculum.
By the end of Key Stage 3, we would like all of our students to:
- Gain a strong, lifelong interest in Geography.
- Develop critical thinking that allows them to analyse the world around them and engage in it.
- Begin to analyze, compare and contrast, diverse interpretations and world views.
- Gain a solid grounding in geographical processes and key concepts.
- Build an appreciation of the world around us.
- Have a platform on which to build a sense of place in terms of landscape, culture, and local area. This may be through case studies or the learning of Place Linked Content.
Key Stage 4
We follow the AQA GCSE specification building on understanding and skills acquired during Key Stage 3. See below list of content and topic areas with links to visit the AQA website for more details:
Living with the physical environment
Challenges in the human environment
By the end of KS4, we would like all of our students to:
- Leave with secure and diverse knowledge of Geographical processes and key concepts.
- Be confident in analysing, comparing and evaluating, diverse interpretations and world views.
- Go on to study Geography in higher education!
Pupils are formally assessed in two assessments at the midpoint and end of the year. They are also given the opportunity to practice these skills in end of topic assessments, regular low stakes knowledge tests and exam technique lessons.
We work closely with the local community, charities and organisations to ensure all our students have theopportunity to hear and learn from experts in these areas. This includes drugs charities, local police and organisations like Form the Future to provide careers insights.
Skills acquired by studying geography include: analytical skills, use of evidence and data forms, writing for argument and clarity of expression. These can provide openings in journalism, politics, the civil service and academicia. Geography can also be a starting point for studying geology, engineering and planning.