Glenridding Cumbria England June 2009

KS3 Geography


Geography Subject Overview

The aim of the department is for our pupils to think, know, apply and to study like a geographer.  The intent of our curriculum is to deepen all our students’ understanding of the dynamic planet on which they live and to develop their interest in global issues that are having an increasing influence on everyday lives. We aim to develop global citizens who begin to understand the complex interaction between the natural and human environment and the possible future consequences of humanity living in an unsustainable way. We want our students to understand the complexities of an uneven world and what it means to people from different places. To achieve these aims we have spilt our KS3 curriculum into three themes: Year 7 - Foundations in geography, Year 8 – Earth on the edge, and Year 9 – Development. Underpinning these themes are key geographical concepts such as place, scale, interdependence, physical and human processes, environmental interaction, and cultural understanding. Embedded within these themes are the development of geographical skills, enquiry and graphicacy. 

The topics we teach across Key Stage 3 are either topical, such as geography and conflict and the oceans on the edge, or are traditional geographical topics such as tectonics, rivers and map skills. 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 four assessment objectives; these are knowledge, skills, understanding and application and all follow the same structure with 3 sections. The assessments use GCSE style questions to add rigour. Students will complete an assessment at the end of each topic and will also have an end of year examination.