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Key Stage 3 – Geography

Geography studies at Holcombe aim to inspire curiosity and fascination about the world and the processes that we are both part of and able to observe. We aim to equip our students with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural, physical and human environments and processes.

KS3 is where students begin to establish, refine and deepen their Geographical knowledge, allowing them to engage in deeper thinking through thinking maps, hats and Thinkers keys. Awe and Wonder plays a key part in Geography, along with the development of knowledge, which provides the tools and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.

Our curriculum for Geography aims to ensure that all students:

– develop contextual knowledge of the location of places, seas and oceans, including their defining physical and human characteristics

– understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time

– are competent in the geographical skills needed to collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes.

-can interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

– communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps and writing at length.

Assessment Structure

There are three aspects of achievement in geography:

1. Contextual world knowledge of locations, places and geographical features.

2. Understanding of the conditions, processes and interactions that explain geographical features,

distribution patterns, and changes over time and space.

3. Competence in geographical enquiry, and the application of skills in observing, collecting, analysing, evaluating and communicating geographical information.

Students will be assessed by means of the Edexcel baseline test on entry, to establish prior knowledge, and then one core assessment for the each of the units covered.

Synopsis of Study

Over Year 7 and 8 our students cover a wide range of topics and skills to establish themselves in preparation for their GCSEs. All of our students’ study Map skills, as well as GIS and Crime. We also cover Rivers, Africa, China, Weather and Climate, Tectonics, Exploring Britain and more. We also complete a project in the final term where students are able to demonstrate and apply the skills and knowledge through the course of their studies.