Geography (KS3)

Geography Year 7

Overview
The schemes of work they follow are designed to fit in with the new National Curriculum guidelines at KS3. In Year 7, this focuses on the British Isles. Throughout the year, students will study: Rocks & Farming in the UK, Settlement which incorporates basic map skills, Weather & Climate in the British Isles; UK Tourism, Oceans & Islands and finished with a unit of work on project based learning whereby students compare the local area with another part of the UK, drawing on knowledge from the year.

Groupings & Teaching/Learning style
Students are taught in mixed ability tutor groups in Year 7.
Students are taught using a variety of teaching and learning methods with a particularly strong emphasis on geographical enquiry. Students will have the opportunity of a field visit in the Spring/Summer which links in with their geographical studies. Students will take part in a Curriculum Day at the end of the year which involves an opportunity to complete a full fieldwork enquiry.

Assessment
Each half term, students are assessed using key assessment tasks. These fit in with topics being studied and are designed to emphasise a particular geographical skill. A range of assessment tasks are used from essay writing & group work to presentations & exams.

Geography Year 8

The schemes of work they follow are designed to fit in with National Curriculum guidelines at KS3. In Year 8, these focus on geomorphic processes: Glaciation; Environmental Issues; Population; Disease & Health; Coasts and finishes with a project comparing 2 countries of Africa drawing on knowledge from the past 2 years. Much of the work in Year 8 focuses on broadening students’ knowledge about places around the world as well as consolidating understanding of the local area, covered in Year 7.

Grouping & Teaching/Learning style
Students are taught in mixed ability tutor groups in Year 8. Students are taught using a variety of teaching and learning methods with an emphasis on geographical enquiry. Students will have the opportunity of a field visit in the Spring/Summer which links in with their geographical studies on Coasts.

Assessment
Each half term, students are assessed using key assessment tasks. These fit in with topics being studied and are designed to emphasise a particular geographical skill. A range of assessment tasks are used from essay writing & group work to presentations & exams.

Geography Year 9

In Year 9 the year begins with some work on atlas skills and general place knowledge, although this is revised through all topics. Other topics covered include Hazards; Global Tourism; Trade & Development; Ecosystems; The Globalisation of Fashion and finishes with a project comparing the geography of the UK and India. This work draws on student’s knowledge from across Key Stage 3 and allows them to apply it to different contexts.

Grouping & Teaching/Learning style
Students are taught in broadly setted groups in Year 9. These groups are based on previous performance in Geography at KS3. Students are taught using a variety of teaching and learning methods with an emphasis on geographical enquiry. Students are encouraged to question, to collect and present their own evidence, to look critically at results and to evaluate. Students will have the opportunity of a field visit in Spring/Summer to visit one of three locations at the end of the spring term (Kew Gardens/ Natural History Museum, Lulworth Cove or New Forest) to broaden their geographical understanding.

Assessment
Students are assessed through the year using key assessment tasks. These fit in with topics being studied and are designed to emphasise different skills. A range of assessment tasks are used from essay writing & group work to presentations & exams, with a focus on developing key skills needed for the GCSE course.