Geography

Geography is a subject that looks at real life issues and equips students with the knowledge
and skills they need throughout their school career and beyond. For those times in the future
when the Sat-Nav lets you down, Geography will get you there! For those times in the
morning when you don’t know whether to hang the washing out, Geography will help you
make that decision!

Geography at KLA is taught by:

Mr Simon Burton-White Head of Geography

Mrs Lindell Daffeh

Our programme of study KS3

Year 7
What Will I Learn?
Year 7 covers six main topics covering both Human and Physical Geography, and
important geographical skills.

These are Microclimates, Rivers, Adventure Landscapes, Japan, Coasts and Ecosystems.

Within the Microclimates unit pupils will carry out their own investigation around the school to find out where is the best location to eat your lunch. Students will have access to fieldwork equipment and are responsible for collecting data to use in their investigation write up. This is a key skill for students to develop early as it is a key part of the new GCSE.
Each topic will have a homework project which will be completed at home alongside the current topic which will allow students to deepen their knowledge of the topic being taught in lessons.

How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed in a variety of ways in Geography. Formal assessments will take place
within each unit.  Testing on mapskills, and an overarching end of year test will also be carried out.

How will this help me to progress to the next year?
In Year 7 we aim to give students the basic geographical tools to enable them to begin to
investigate the world around them and develop a questioning mind. They will gain skills in
using a variety of source materials, with an emphasis on map reading. Geography lessons are planned to give a wide variety of activities to develop a range of skills and cater for different learning styles. Students will be asked to work individually, in pairs or as a part of a larger group.

Year 8
What Will I Learn?
Year 8 covers a variety of topics ,and further develops pupils skills base. Topics include
Glaciation, Population, Weather and Climate, Asia, Sustainability and Resource Management.

How Will I Be Assessed?
You will be assessed in a variety of ways in Geography, formal assessments are carried out
during each topic. These include project and group work, presentations, problem- solving
tasks, as well as more formal written assessments. Pupils will also have an end of year traditional style test.

How Will This Help Me to Progress to the Key Stage?
In year 8 we aim to get students to build upon the skills base from year 7, and introduce new
ways of working and presenting data. Pupils are encouraged to use a range of ways to
present their work and have opportunities for independent learning. The various units enable
them to develop their ability to look at problems and solutions from multiple perspectives,
and work on their skills of evaluation and justification. It is crucial that the skills learnt in these first two years not only enthuse the pupils but give the tools needed for the GCSE to follow!

Schemes of Learning Overview 2017/18

My Atlas Skills Scheme of Learning

Geography Curriculum Map

Yr7 Tectonics Scheme of Learning

KS4
Due to the new changes to GCSE, we have decided to follow the new AQA scheme for GCSE Geography. This qualification is linear, which means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course. We chose the AQA course as it offers a wide range of interesting topics and skills that our students will need. Furthermore the topics covered connect with what they have been studying at Year 7 and 8 which will support them.

Students will travel the world from their classroom, exploring case studies in the United Kingdom (UK), higher income countries (HICs), newly emerging economies (NEEs) and lower income countries (LICs).

Topics of study include climate change, poverty, deprivation, global shifts in economic power and the challenge of sustainable resource use. Students are also encouraged to understand their role in society, by considering different viewpoints, values and attitudes.

The new GCSE consists of three units. The first focuses on the physical environment, exploring earthquakes and volcanoes, extreme weather and climate change, tropical rainforests and hot deserts and the UK physical environment.

The second focuses on the human environment such as Urban Issues, The Changing Economic World and Resource Management of food, energy or water.

In the third exam students will be tested on their knowledge of two fieldwork investigations they will have carried out during the year. This section contributes a critical thinking and problem-solving element to the assessment structure. The assessment will provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate geographical skills and applied knowledge and understanding.

Schemes of Learning Overview 2017/18

Geography Curriculum Map

The Changing Economy PART 1 Scheme KS4 of Learning Overview