Geography at KS3

Faculty
Humanities
Department
Geography
Level
Key Stage 3
Head of Faculty
E. Richman

Students follow a bespoke curriculum which closely aligns with the National Curriculum.

Throughout KS3 we aim to provide students with foundational geographical knowledge and skills to enable successful progression into KS4. Students study a range of physical and human topics and develop essential geographical enquiry and skills.

Curriculum Termly Breakdown by Year

Year 7

Term Unit of Work Assessment
Autumn 1 Exploring Britain (7 weeks). Baseline assessment – what do you already know about
Geography?
Autumn 2 Exploring Britain (2 weeks) and Amazing Places (4 weeks). Exploring Britain topic assessment.
Spring 1 Amazing Places (4 weeks) and Rivers (2 weeks). Amazing Places Geographical skills assessment.
Spring 2 Rivers (4 weeks) and Shopping project (2 weeks). Rivers end of topic assessment.
Summer 1 Shopping project (5 weeks). Shopping project assessed through fieldwork booklet.
Summer 2 Migration. Cumulative knowledge test.

 

Year 8

Term Unit of Work Assessment
Autumn 1 Coasts (7 weeks). Year 7 recap knowledge test.
Autumn 2 Coasts (2 weeks)
China (6 weeks)
Coasts end of unit test.
Spring 1 China (2 weeks)
Glaciation (4 weeks)
China end of unit test.
Spring 2 Glaciation (2 weeks) Glaciation knowledge test.
Summer 1 Fragile cold environments (6 weeks) Fragile cold environments knowledge test.
Summer 2 Fragile cold environments (2 weeks). Sustainable urban transport fieldwork project. Glaciation and fragile cold environments end of topic test
Sustainable urban transport assessed through fieldwork
booklet.

 

Year 9

Term Unit of Work Assessment
Autumn 1 Development in the global village (6 weeks) Year 8 summary knowledge test.
Autumn 2 Development in the global village (2 weeks)
Tropical rainforests (6 weeks)
Development end of topic test.
Spring 1 Tropical rainforests (2 weeks)
Natural Hazards (4 weeks)
Tropical rainforests extended writing assessment.
Spring 2 Natural Hazards (4 weeks)
Are we running out of natural resources? (2 weeks)
Natural hazards end of topic test.
Summer 1 Are we running out of natural resources? (5 weeks) Natural resources end of topic test.
Summer 2 What are the impacts of plastics on our planet? Plastics fieldwork assessed through booklet.

 

Extended Learning

Year 7

Websites Read Visit or Watch Extra
senecalearning.com;
bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zm38q6f; bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zs92tfr;
bbc.co.uk/news
Geographical news articles. Natural History Museum; a river! (Look at the source, middle course and lower course, look at the speed of water flowing and the bends in the river!) Geography Documentary Club.

 

Year 8

Websites Read Visit or Watch Extra
senecalearning.com;
bbc.co.uk/news;
bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z6bd7ty
Geographical news articles; Progress in Geography textbook (available on Amazon); Articles on the One Child Policy in China. Natural History Museum; The coast! (look at the waves on the beach, look at coastal defences, look at the impact of tourism, throw an orange into the sea and see how longshore drift works!); Reggie Yates China documentaries (Available on BBC iPlayer – Reggie in China). Geography Documentary Club.

 

Year 9

Websites Read Visit or Watch Extra
senecalearning.com;
bbc.co.uk/news;
kidsagainstplastic.co.uk
No One is Too Small to Make a Difference (Greta Thunberg), (available at EBS); GCSE Geography Textbook (ISBN: 978- 0198366614) (also available digitally for free on Kerboodle); the news with recent geographical articles. Natural History Museum. Geography Documentary Club.

 

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