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KS3 Geography

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Key Stage 3 Course Information Page

Course Name : Geography

Curriculum Content

Geography is the subject which holds the key to our future.

We aim to develop the skills in our students that will help them make a difference. Through the study of a varied and interesting curriculum, students are given the opportunity to work independently as well as in groups to achieve a common goal.

They develop their source interpretation skills as well as the skill on how to make a sustainable decision based on evidence. All are key skills that are required for success at Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5.

The first theme of the year is the induction topic of ‘Access All Areas’. Students will develop their map skills and improve their geographical knowledge and awareness on a range of scales.

 

 

 

 

Whatever The Weather (Topic Logo)

We move onto our second topic of ‘Whatever the Weather’, which will introduce students to the interesting study of climates.

 

 

 

 

Ridiculous Rainforests vs Desperate Deserts (Topic Logo)This new found knowledge will be very useful when studying two contrasting ecosystems in the third topic, ‘Ridiculous Rainforests vs. Desperate Deserts.’

 

 

 

 

Global Warning (Topic Logo)

Finally, we look into the impact of a changing global climate in ‘Global Warning’.

 

Planet People (Topic Logo)‘Planet People’ is the first topic in Year 8, which delves into the study of population, settlement and migration. Students will try to understand why we are distributed around the world in the pattern we are and why there are such differences in our quality of life.

 

 

 

 

Made In China (Topic Logo)The second topic ‘Made in China’ continues with the human theme and studies the wider issues of economic activities and employment with a clear focus on the Asian powerhouse.

 

 

 

 

 

Resourceful Rivers (Topic Logo)The final two topics are more physical in nature and will help students understand geographical processes.‘Resourceful Rivers’ will not only look at the journey of a river from source to mouth and the devastation that flooding can cause, but also how rivers can be managed and become a useful resource for mankind.

 

 

 

Terrifying Tectonics (Topic Logo)

 

‘Terrifying Tectonics’ will explore the fascinating world of earthquakes and volcanoes.

The programme of study in Year 9 is aiming to tackle contemporary issues that we have to deal with today.

Money Makes The World Go Round (Topic Logo)‘Money makes the world go round’ is exploring the theme of multinational companies and what impact they have had on globalisation. Should consumers be concerned about sweatshops and work towards eradicating them?

 

 

 

Black Gold (Topic Logo)The second topic called ‘Black Gold’ will explore natural resources around the world. Who owns them and why is this a political issue today?

 

 

 

 

Coastal Curse (Topic Logo)Finally we end with the topic of ‘Coastal Curse’. With a massive 4 billion people living on coastlines, we study the delicate relationship between mankind and the sea.

How classes are grouped

Your daughter will complete a baseline test in her first geography lesson, testing her on her basic location knowledge and ability to cope with comprehension.

The result will help the department to decide on an appropriate group depending on her ability.

 

Your daughter will be placed in an appropriate ability group depending on her performances in assessments in Year 7.

Your daughter will be placed in an appropriate ability group depending on her performances in assessments in Year 8.

Assessment (including homework)

Each topic will have a midpoint interim assessment to judge the progress of students and an end of topic assessment to consolidate all the themes covered during the programme of study. The assessments aim to challenge your daughter in using different skills, but all depend on the ability of accessing the assessment criteria to reach the higher levels.

The department aims to set homework tasks that last no longer than 20 minutes and help students reflect and develop on the content covered in lessons.

Each topic will have a midpoint interim assessment to judge the progress of students and an end of topic assessment to consolidate all the themes covered during the programme of study. The assessments aim to challenge your daughter in using different skills, but all depend on the ability of accessing the assessment criteria to reach the higher levels.

The department aims to set homework tasks that last no longer than 20 minutes and help students reflect and develop on the content covered in lessons.

Each topic will have a midpoint interim assessment to judge the progress of students and an end of topic assessment to consolidate all the themes covered during the programme of study. The assessments aim to challenge your daughter in using different skills, but all depend on the ability of accessing the assessment criteria to reach the higher levels.

The department aims to set homework tasks that last no longer than 20 minutes and help students reflect and develop on the content covered in lessons.

How to support your daughter

Try to ask questions about homework and encourage your daughter to proofread her written work.  Also try to assist your daughter in understanding assessment marking criteria.

Your daughter should also keep an eye out for current geographical issues in the media and try to apply them in lessons.

If your daughter uses Facebook and Twitter she could join our geography club called the ‘Lordswood Globetrotters’.