Key Stage 3 Geography
In Year Seven, students begin with the unit on the local area, which introduces key vocabulary and subject specific skills such as field sketching and a mini piece of fieldwork having been off site for an hour. This is followed by a unit on Christ’s College under attack; in this we focus on the four types of weathering and assess the damage to the school and it’s grounds. The emphasis in the Spring Term is on population issues, examining the global population growth rate and the impacts that will have into the future. We study Gatwick next, a particular focus on mapskills and the debate over the second runway. Closely followed on is a unit on rivers, delivering GCSE content to stretch and challenge whilst focussing on the recent floods of the River Wey in Guildford. The year ends with a look into the formation of the planet and the origins of species over geological time.
At the start of Year 8 we study Italy, looking at the diverse landscapes and varied opportunities that are offered for tourism. Tectonics allows students to understand the fundamental aspects of plate tectonics and volcanicity whilst evaluating the various responses to a volcanic eruption. The Spring Term is set aside to aspects of development with a virtual tour of nations in Africa, looking at the social, political, environmental reasons for their underdevelopment. The year ends with a piece of fieldwork around the school grounds to look at microclimates – this is completed following the format of a GCSE piece of coursework and allows the students some independent enquiry skills.
In Year 9 the Geography course includes a trip out to Box Hill in the Autumn Term to look at the impact of tourism on the area. This enquiry is again written to mimic the requirements of a GCSE course. The run up to Christmas is spent examining the cause, effects and response to the Boxing Day Tsunami that hit the Indian Ocean communities in 2004; here ends the KS3 course. From January we begin the full GCSE topics starting with a series of lessons to explore global biomes, their structure and processes that occur within them as well as a study of the indigenous tribes that live sustainably within these environments. This leads onto the abuses of developers and the threats they put upon the indigenous communities in the constant race to extract valuable resources. As Year 9 concludes we focus on the UKs physical landscape exploring our origins as an island and the ways in which our landscape is modified by ice, water and the weather.
During Key Stage 3 homework will be set once a fortnight in Geography and will range from answering questions to carrying out research.
Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural Development
Geography looks at different cultures and societies around the world as well as people's moral decisions towards the natural environment and other people.