“Geography allows us to develop a knowledge and understanding of the world, our place in it and what it means to be a human being. It helps us to become more rounded and capable as individuals in society, plus encourages us to plan for a sustainable future.”
Geography is the study of where places are and what they are like. It looks at how people live in different parts of the world and how and why places change. In this subject you will learn about global, national and local issues. The world in which we live is likely to change more in the next 50 years than it has ever done before. Geography explains why this is and helps us to prepare for those changes. There has never been a better or more important time to study Geography.
There are so many ways of learning in Geography. The lessons contain discussion and debate about current global issues and challenges. There is also a focus on developing literacy and numeracy skills, plus students are encouraged to work independently carrying out research and using ICT skills. In addition Geography supports students in becoming empathetic, independent and critical thinkers. The classroom activities are also enriched for all year groups through opportunities to visit the places we study. The teachers within the department are enthusiastic and committed to providing valuable and enjoyable learning experiences within the classroom and beyond.
At KS3, all students will study Geography once a week covering both human and physical geography whilst also developing geographical skills. At the end of each unit the students will be assessed. Within Year 7 multiple choice assessments will be used and this develops into more extended, detailed answers as the students move into Year 8. Homework tasks encourage students to review classroom work and develop key terminology; all of the homework tasks can easily be accessed on Satchel:One. The topics covered within KS3 offer a good base of knowledge for students who decide to continue studying the subject at KS4.
In Year 7, students will cover:
- Natural Hazards
- The UK: My home
- Opportunities and Challenges within the UK
In Year 8, students will cover:
- Ecosystems and Savannah Grasslands
- Global Issues
- Map Skills