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KS3 Geography

Why study geography?

Studying geography will prepare learners for life. They will learn to question, evaluate and analyse the world around them. Students learn to research and apply their ideas to real life situations.  Students learn about how the world is changing world around them and to consider how and why these changes might affect them.

Geography has direct links into other subjects such as science and mathematics.

All students study geography in KS3 and can opt to study it in KS4.  In KS5 students can also study both Geogrpahy and Geology at A level.  Geology specialises in the study of rocks and minerals.

Trips and Visits – Students will be given the opoorutnity to undertake field work when studying geogrpahy in all years and geology in KS5.  Students will visit local towns or coastal areas to look at the effects of costal errosion. Students in KS5 visit Derbyshire and Scotland as part of their coursework.

Top 10 Reasons to Study Geography

  1. To understand basic physical systems that affect everyday life (e.g. earth-sun relationships, water cycles, wind and ocean currents).
  2. To learn the location of places and the physical and cultural characteristics of those places in order to function more effectively in our increasingly interdependent world.
  3. To understand the geography of past times and how geography has played important roles in the evolution of people, their ideas, places and environments.
  4. To develop a mental map of your community, province or territory, country and the world so that you can understand the “where” of places and events.
  5. To explain how the processes of human and physical systems have arranged and sometimes changed the surface of the Earth.
  6. To understand the spatial organization of society and see order in what often appears to be random scattering of people and places.
  7. To recognize spatial distributions at all scales — local and worldwide — in order to understand the complex connectivity of people and places.
  8. To be able to make sensible judgements about matters involving relationships between the physical environment and society.
  9. To appreciate Earth as the homeland of humankind and provide insight for wise management decisions about how the planet’s resources should be used.
  10. To understand global interdependence and to become a better global citizen

Key Stage 3

This year the Geography department has introduced new ways of inspiring students to challenge themselves. At the start of every lesson and every new unit, students begin at the foot of the mountain.  All students will progress up the mountain across a lesson, across a unit and over the course of the year.  All students should be heading for base camp as a minimum expectation.  Some will aim to climb higher and a few really ambitious students, will be trying to reach the peak!

At the beginning of every lesson student’s will select a learning objective that they aspire to achieve, at the end of the lesson they should reflect on their progress to assess whether they have achieved their goal.  Students will also have the opportunity within lessons to select different activities that will help them achieve their learning objective.

Students who really enjoy the subject can also take on one of our Reaching the Peak activities.  These tasks are designed to allow students to explore topics and ideas that really interest them.  Completed tasks should be handed into their teacher and their names will be entered into a prize draw at the end of the year.