Team Leader: Mr B Walters
Our Geography Department has been awarded prestigious Secondary Geography Quality Mark which recognises quality and progress in curriculum development, learning and teaching.
Above all we wish to develop interest in places around the world and the desire to seek out and visit them. We aim to maintain and stimulate interest and curiosity and aim for pupils to acquire knowledge and understanding of the terminology, skills and techniques specific to geography both inside the classroom and through fieldwork.
By studying geography pupils gain a sense of location, knowledge of places and respect for different cultures and empathy for others in similar or different societies. They become aware that the actions or attitudes of others, who use manage or make decisions about their physical, economic, social, political and cultural environments can affect the landscape.
Geography pupils soon begin to appreciate that geography is dynamic and changes rapidly every day. New ideas and methods lead to new interpretation and explanation of the World around us.
All pupils have the opportunity to study Geography at Key Stage 3 and many opt to study it at Key Stage 4.
Key stage 3:
Across Key Stage 3, the department has developed its own schemes of work and resources in order to cover the National Curriculum and provide varied opportunities to study the world at local, national and global scales. Progress is assessed at regular intervals.
Year 7 topics include:
- Geography Stars
- Living in a danger zone
- African Adventure
- Marvellous Maps
- The geography of crime
Year 8 topics include:
- Living on the edge
- India’s urban environments
- Are you flood ready?
- China – the emerging superpower
Key stage 4:
Geography is a popular and successful GCSE subject at Kettlethorpe. We follow the AQA GCSE Geography (8035) syllabus.
The full exam specification can be found at www.aqa.org.uk.
This exciting course is based on a balanced framework of physical and human geography. It allows pupils to investigate the link between the two themes, and approach and examine the battles between the man-made and natural worlds. Pupils who complete the course will have the skills and experience to progress onto A-level and beyond, and we’ve developed a range of resources to accompany the specification.
This qualification is linear which means that pupils will sit all their exams at the end of the course.
Living with the physical environment – The challenge of natural hazards; The living world; Physical landscapes in the UK
Challenges in the human environment – Urban issues and challenges; The changing economic world; The challenge of resource management
Geographical applications – Issue evaluation; Fieldwork
Progress is assessed at regular intervals to ensure pupils remain on target and regular revision and support programmes are in place.
Here is a recommended wider reading list for KS4 pupils.
How to support pupil learning:
At the start of each new academic year pupils receive a revision guide prepared by the department which will support their work throughout the year. Each module at both Key Stage 3 and 4 is described in an overview sheet which includes key terminology.
Further support is provided via the department VLE pages.