Key stage 3 is where the foundations of or understanding of Geography are made. We encourage students to develop an enquiring mind and develop the skills that will enable future success at GCSE, A level and beyond. 

Geography is a subject that invites students to develop a range of skills. Students will learn how to read and use maps. Students will learn how to analysis data promoting numeracy. Students will learn the skill of problem solving and the importance of opinions and debate. Students will develop their skills in ICT. Students will develop their personnel and social education through pair and group work. Students will develop organisational skills through fieldwork.

 

Year 7

In Year 7 students study:

  • Map skills
    Being able to read and be comfortable with maps is a skill that is invaluable in life be they paper or electronic.
  • Employment
    Being able to understand the world of employment, the different types of jobs available both now and in the future.
  • Weather and climate
    Being able to understand and predict changes in our weather and changes in our future climate.
  • Settlement
    Being able to understand how settlements grow and change over time.
  • Coasts
    Being able to understand how the sea shapes our coastline and how we can respond to protect ourselves in a sustainable way.
  • Rainham Marshes
    The first field trip the students will complete. It allows students to be able to understand how we collect information about the environment and present our findings in a visual and informative way.

 

Year 8

In Year 8 students study: 

  • Ecosystems
    Being able to understand what ecosystems are around the world and specifically how people live and interact with the tropical rainforest.
  • Rivers
    Being able to understand how rivers form, and how they impact on human life, and how we shape them.
  • Antarctica
    Being able to understand what life is like in the inhospitable continent of Antarctica.
  • Population
    Being able to understand how population has changed throughout history and has consequences for the future of the planet.
  • India
    Being able to understand the varied physical and human geography of India and how the uniqueness of the Monsoon Sub Continent.
  • Russia
    Being able to understand the varied physical and human geography of Russia, the vastness of the country and its rich diversity being the bridge between Europe and Asia.

 

Year 9

In Year 9 students study: 

  • Plate tectonics
    Being able to understand how Volcanoes and Earthquakes work and how plate tectonics is shaping the world.
  • The watery world
    Being able to understand how we use water around the world in both high and low income countries.
  • Energy
    Being able to understand how we generate and supply energy around the world. Using both renewable and non-renewable resources. Also we will consider future energy supply and our response to climate change.
  • Cities
    Being able to understand how cities have grown over time and will shape the living of future generations in the dawn of the era of the Mega City.
  • Development
    Being able to understand why some countries are wealthier than others. How we measure wealth and quality of life and how countries can progress to higher development.
  • South Africa
    Being able to understand how the varied physical and human geography of South Africa has shaped the country it is today.