GEOGRAPHY - KS3

 

Geography Learning Journey

 

WHO’S WHO?

Progress Leader: Mrs S Akers-Warburton
Teaching Staff: Miss S Wainwright, Mrs R Jones
Link Governor: Mrs G Sinnott

OUR AIMS

Geography plays a crucial role in helping students at Up Holland High School understand how the world works in an increasingly globalised society and economy. Key Stage 3 Geography is not just a springboard to further study at GCSE and A level, it also contributes to our students’ journey to becoming well rounded adults who can contribute positively to their local and global community.

Knowledge, application and skills are at the core of our 21st century curriculum. We help our students develop the essential employability, enterprise and transferable skills in information technology and data/resource analysis and interpretation through the curriculum content and how it is taught and delivered.

In Geography we work hard to enhance our student’s cultural capital through the extensive range of topics and themes studied throughout Key Stage 3. We also tackle difficult issues which give the students an opportunity to discuss and debate social, moral, cultural and spiritual questions.

YEAR 7

   

TERM

UNIT OF STUDY

KEY SKILLS / LEARNING

Autumn

Welcome to Geography
Introduction to the UK

Thinking and writing like a Geographer
Interpreting a range of maps
Annotating maps
Completing mental maps and sketch maps
Describing landscapes from photos
Collecting and interpreting fieldwork data

Spring

Weather and climate in the UK
People of the UK

Interpreting and completing climate maps and choropleth maps
Comparing maps
Maths skills
Drawing conclusions

Summer

Physical landscapes in the UK
People of the UK

Using and interpreting Physical maps
Maths skills
Describing landscape and land use from photos
Using GIS and drawing conclusions
Fieldwork

YEAR 8

   

Autumn

Challenges and opportunities
Our living world

Fieldwork
Maths skills
Writing descriptively
Using GIS and drawing conclusions
Interpreting atlas maps and satellite photos

Spring

World cities
Global issues

Interpreting aerial photos.
Maths skills
Interpreting ground photos and satellite images
Labelling and annotating sketches
Analytical writing and drawing conclusions

Summer

Our physical world
Focus on Africa

Using latitude and longitude.
Interpreting a range of maps and photos
Completing cross sections.
Comparing maps.
Maths skills

YEAR 9

   

Autumn

Are we running out of natural resources?
Our unequal world

Interpreting a range of maps
Maths skills
Describing patterns, distribution and trends.
Decision making
Comparing maps

Spring

What are tectonic hazards?
What is Rio de Janeiro like

Maths skills
Interpreting a range of maps
Describing patterns
Evaluating impacts
Using GIS
Categorising information

Summer

Climate change and the Earth’s future
How can weather harm us?
Ecosystems – What are we doing to them?

Interpreting satellite images
Maths skills
Decision making
Evaluation
Using GIS

ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

HOW TO SUPPORT YOUR CHILD'S LEARNING

  • Discuss with them what they think about geographical events in the news. Why have they happened? What are their impacts?
  • Encourage them to watch documentaries and read books about geographical events that capture their interest and imagination.

WHERE TO GO:

  • Year 7 – The Lake District to appreciate glaciated scenery. White Scar Caves, North Yorkshire and the Blue John Cavern in Derbyshire to enjoy the wonder of the subterranean world.
  • Year 8 – Blackpool Zoo, Chester Zoo or the Sea Life Centres of Blackpool or Chester to appreciate the diversity of creatures on our planet and to see rare and endangered species
  • Year 9 – The Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester.

WHAT TO WATCH:

  • National Geographic Channel
  • Countryfile
  • David Attenborough – Planet Earth, Our Planet, Blue Planet, Seven worlds, one planet
  • Michael Palin – Around the world in 80 days, Full circle, Pole to pole, Himalaya, Sahara
  • The Englishman who went up a hill but came down a mountain
  • The Impossible
  • Madagascar
  • West Side Story.

WHAT TO READ:

  • Prisoners of Geography – Tim Marshall
  • Triumph of the cities – Edward Glaeser
  • Geography – Danny Dowling and Karl Lee
  • Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Survivor, Escape from Pompeii – Jim Eldridge
  • Where on Earth – DK
  • No one is too small to make a difference – Greta Thunberg