Geography, along with other Humanities subjects, receives 3 hours of the curriculum every two weeks. All teachers are experienced geography specialists. We aim to teach a variation of human and physical geography from map skills to fantastic places.
With the changes at GCSE involving assessment at the end of the course, each unit at KS3 will be assessed by a written test following the same format as the new GCSEs.
The year 7 programme of study:
- Map Skills
We ensure that all students start their KS3 course with knowledge of the world map and how to use an atlas. This is to ensure that all students have the basic geographical skills to access the rest of the curriculum.
- Fantastic Places
In fantastic Places we look at several countries and places in detail from Russia, China and India to Antarctica and Las Vegas. As well as in depth study into Kenya with a particular focus on Kiberia.
Introduction: We look at the process that affect our coasts as well as how to manage it.
Why is our coastline under threat? – This is the basis for future GCSE work, looking at the natural processes causing the erosion of our coastline, particularly the cliffs of East Devon.
What would you do at Pennington Point? – Following on from the previous project, students study a topical example at Sidmouth and work in groups to decide how East Devon District Council should tackle the problem.
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1. Sustainability – Environmental Project*
This introduction into environmental issues and climate change. This involves looking at renewable energy, recycling, water and a trip to the Eden Project.
2. Tectonic Hazards
Students will understand the processes involved in Earthquakes, Tsunamis and Volcanoes. Including topical case studies to look at the impacts.
3. Extreme Weather
From river flooding to hurricanes studies understand the causes, effects and consequences of these natural hazards.
Using an example of each stage of industry, students will understand how jobs in the United Kingdom are changing. They will look at the advantages and disadvantages of globalisation for different countries including migration (population) and the economic development of that particular country.