Geography

Key Stage 3

Students will start at St Thomas More with varying levels of Geographical knowledge and experience from KS1 and KS2.

The ethos of our department is inclusiveness and to enable all students to pursue the subject through to KS4 and KS5 regardless of prior experience or ability.

Throughout all Key Stages, there is a focus on contemporary issues such as environment, citizenship and Britain’s place in a global, multi-cultural and ever-changing world.

At KS3 (Y7 & Y8), our curriculum intent is to introduce a wide range of human-based, environmental-based, and physical-based Geography units to foster wide and deep knowledge of the world around us, and to foster a life-long love of the subject among our students.

In particular, the department offers students the opportunities to explore human impacts on the local, national and global environment, and to explore concepts such as sustainable and healthy living.

While studying Geography, pupils will develop a wide range of skills including independent learning, team work, research skills, critical thinking and problem solving.

While all KS3 units develop skills necessary for the KS4 syllabus, KS3 units such as Russia and the Middle East are taught to widen the range of Geographical knowledge and interest beyond the case studies taught for GCSE.

Year 7

Term 1: Geographical Skills; fieldwork skills; Earth’s Natural Resources (human use, impacts and sustainability)

Term 2: Population (national and global issues); Rivers (landscapes, water use, flooding and droughts)

Term 3: Development (including poverty, aid, trade); Russia (including the threats to the Arctic regions)

Year 8

Term 1: Geographical Skills; fieldwork skills; Middle East (including contemporary issues and events)

Term 2: Changing Climate (international issues, individual/local level impacts); Volcanoes and Earthquakes (impact on people and environments)

Term 3: Asia (population growth and diversity, climates and environments); Africa (development, growth, aid and trade)