Geography

KS3 Geography

Students study the National Curriculum in years 7, 8 and 9. The course is divided into five modules which cover a range of both physical and human topics from the local to the international scale and reflect the breadth of the subject.

We live in a world of amazing beauty, infinite complexity and rigorous challenge. Geography is the subject which opens the door to this dynamic world and prepares student for the role of global citizen in the 21st century. Through studying geography students begin to appreciate how places and landscapes are formed, how people and environments interact, what consequences arise from our everyday decisions, and what a diverse range of cultures and societies exist and interconnect.

Geography is a subject which builds on young people’s own experiences, helping them to formulate questions, develop their intellectual skills and find answers to issues affecting their lives. It introduces them to distinctive investigative tools such as maps, fieldwork and the use of powerful digital communication technologies. It opens their eyes to the beauty and wonder around them and acts as a source of inspiration and creativity. More than this, it ensures that they appreciate the complexity of attitudes and values which shape the way we use and misuse the environment.

Through geography, people learn to value and care for the planet and all its inhabitants.

Student progress is assessed regularly through modular assessments and they complete a Geography ILP. All assessments match the United Learning Key Performance Indicators (KPI) and students are graded according to this.


Year 7

In Year 7 students begin by developing their geographical fieldwork skills and decision making capabilities through fieldwork based around the schools amazing locality. This leads onto investigating the topics of rivers, river environments and the causes and impacts of flooding. Students also have the opportunity to investigate the topic of tourism where we focus on our locality and the regeneration and change occurring in Margate. We also investigate worldwide development and how this has changed and patterns of this continue to change over time.


Year 8

In year 8 students begin by focusing on the topic of coastlines and how this dynamic environment is constantly changing the landscape of the UK. Students will assess different strategies used to manage coastlines and decide on the best course of action for the Holderness coastline. Students will then focus on the topic of population and how this is changing and the impacts that this has for people, places and the natural environment. Students will look at global migration patterns and the impacts that this has for different countries. Students will then move to look at the topic of tectonic activity and the challenges people face living in areas which are prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Students will also investigate rivers and river processes as well as the issue of development around the world in the summer terms.


Year 9

In year 9 we begin to focus on getting ready for Geography at GCSE level. We start this year by looking at earthquakes and volcanoes and the factors leading to these and the impacts that it has on the lives of people living in these areas. We then focus upon the topic of river environments and how these change and shape landscapes here in the UK and around the world. This gives students a great opportunity to assess their learning against GCSE specimen questions. We then love on to looking at development across the world and the geographical topic of disease and conflict. Students will look from a geographical perspective at the issues surrounding both current and historical causes of war and the impacts that this has had for nations around the world.

For more information about the geography curriculum, please contact Mr N Gretton - neil.gretton@wyeschool.org.uk

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