Glenridding Cumbria England June 2009


Subject Overview

The aim of the department is for our pupils to think, know, apply and to study like a geographer.  Many of the topics we teach across Key Stage 3 are either topical, such as geography and conflict and the BRICS, or are traditional geographical topics such as tectonics, rivers and map skills. Throughout Key Stage 3 pupils are continually assessed through enquiry, presentation and extended writing based around the key objectives of knowledge, concepts, interpretation and geographical skills. These key objectives are assessed in KS4 too.  The geography department is a very committed team, working with pupils to reach their potential within the subject. We hope to inspire our pupils to have a curiosity and fascination about the world and its peoples that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. 


Curriculum Structure

Pupils in KS3 are taught geography for two, one hour lessons a week. Pupils are taught in their form groups and not in sets. However, in Year 7 there is a foundation geography group. These groups are usually small, and are designed to provide extra support to those pupils who require it.


Assessment Overview

Key Stage 3 geography assessments are based on knowledge, skills, interpretation of information and understanding of geographical concepts. These four assessment objectives have been taken from the AQA GCSE specification that pupils are taught during Key Stage 4.  Assessments are topic based, with four being completed during an academic year including an end of year examination. These assessments can be skilled based e.g. maps, knowledge based e.g. countries and continents but most will expect pupils to show an understanding, through explanation, of geographical concepts and be able to interpret information from various sources. Pupils may be asked to justify a decision too, for example locating a wind farm using an Ordnance Survey map.