KS3 Geography

Overview
The Geography Curriculum is designed in such a way to ensure that pupils should be inspire with a ‘curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.’ (Geography Programme of Study Feb 2013).

At Wennington Hall School, having achieved Secondary Geography Quality Mark the Geography department has designed a curriculum which continues to develop a curriculum which includes exciting, engaging and relevant topics which ensure any ‘gaps’ in learning are filled with the underpinning knowledge which provides a secure starting point to teach the Key Stage 3 curriculum. At the start of year 7 pupils will enjoy learning tasks which give the teachers the baseline information needed to ensure that individual pupils can access the geography curriculum at a point where they feel confident and secure in their learning.

In order to achieve this year 7 pupils will:

  • Learn/revise the world as a whole: gaining the skills to identify the continents, oceans and hemispheres.
  • To recognise the important geographical features in the place they live.
  • Use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and its countries, as well as the countries, continents and oceans studied.
  • To identify weather patterns and understand the impacts of extreme weather.
  • To understand that the world contains eco systems and be able to identify similarities and differences between them.
  • To use appropriate geographical language both verbally and in writing.

In year 8 the pupils will build on this knowledge by studying specific areas and processes. Pupils will:

  • Study specific areas of the UK and compare them with areas in Africa.
  • Study and investigate natural processes of rivers and the human impact on them.
  • Study and investigate the issues about the coastline of Britain and the management of the them.
  • Study parts of Asia and compare them.
  • Study and investigate the changes in the land over time.

In year 9 the pupils will consolidate the knowledge and skills developed in years 7 & 8 in order to achieve Entry Level Certificate in Geography. Pupils will do this by:

  • Focus on specific settlements and compare them with similar ones around the world.
  • Understanding Economic activity including the tourism and it’s effect on the economy of a place.
  • Study and investigate volcanoes and earthquakes: their processes and effects.
  • Study and investigate the urbanisation in both a Less Economically Developed Country and a More Economically Developed Country.

Enrichment Activities
Geography Club. This provides pupils with he opportunity to study a geographical theme that particularly interests them.

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