Geography - KS3

WHO’S WHO?

Progress Leader: Mrs S Akers-Warburton
Teaching Staff: Mrs J Corner, Miss R Metcalfe
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

DOWNLOADS

Geography Learning Journey

Mar 26
For parents of children with additional needs, here is the spring edition of the FIND Newsletter. https://t.co/N2pE56XeiX
Mar 25
Congratulations to Georgia, daisy and Luke for their amazing egg deisgns as part of the inter house competition ran… https://t.co/NX6N0xekkp
Mar 15
Well done to the following students who have already smashed their Term 2 AR points target: William 7D, Isobel 7A… https://t.co/jkp1nK3j25
Feb 11
Y10 Y11 kicked off National Apprenticeship Week with a live talk from West Lancs College. @WLancsCollege https://t.co/JMs6BANtSy
Feb 10
Y10 students may want to revisit the opening of 'Romeo and Juliet' ready for next half term!' https://t.co/71OZ5azTZJ