“What is knowledge worth if we know nothing about the world that sustains us, nothing about natural systems and climate, nothing about other countries and cultures?” – Jonathon Porritt

Geography provokes and answers questions about the natural and human worlds, using different scales of enquiry to view them from different perspectives. It develops knowledge of places and environments throughout the world, an understanding of maps, and a range of investigative and problem solving skills both inside and outside the classroom. Geography is a focus within the curriculum for understanding and resolving issues about the environment and sustainable development. It is also an important link between the natural and social sciences. As pupils study geography, they encounter different societies and cultures. This helps them realise how nations rely on each other. It can inspire them to think about their own place in the world, their values, and their rights and responsibilities to other people and the environment.

Course content

Key Stage 3 allows students to investigate their personal geographies by understanding their place at the local, national and global scale. Our programme of study includes a variety of themes including; Making Connections, Rivers, Coasts, Weather and Climate, Population, Plate Tectonics, Biomes and Geography of Sport. We also look in depth to certain countries, such as Brazil and Russia. Students will also develop important map skills, investigate how they are connected to the wider world and undertake fieldwork enquiries.

Skills developed

Students will learn about the world at a variety of stages, looking at the local, regional, national, international and global scales within each module. They will also learn key geographical skills throughout Key Stage 3, including cartography, map reading, graphicacy, analysing diagrams, interpreting graphs, comprehension, explanation, extended writing, arguing a case, presenting to others, thinking skills and problem solving. Additional holistic skills include literacy, numeracy, ICT and values.