Key Stage 3 Summary
Across Key Stage 3, students develop core geographical skills through a range of human and physical geographical topics.
They will explore different places, at a local, national and global scale and understand how physical processes shape our earth. They will also consider how people exist in different environments, how they impact on these environments and ultimately how they can be managed sustainably in the future.
|Term 1||Term 2||Term 3|
|Year 7||Fantastic Places||Flood Alert!||My Place: Hackney|
|Year 8||Life at the extreme||Population and Migration||Physical geography of the UK|
|Year 9||Changing Economic World||Hazardous Planet||Sustainable futures|
Students will work both individually and collaboratively in geography. They will develop their written and spoken communication as well as developing their enquiry skills and ability to use geographical information to make decisions.
Key Stage 4 Summary
At Key Stage 4, we study the new AQA geography GCSE over a two-year course.
The course builds on skills and content studied in Years 7 to 9 and covers half human, half physical geographical topics, outlined below:
The Living World
Living World /
|Changing Economical World / physical landscapes of the UK: Coasts||Physical landscapes of the UK: Coasts||Urban issues and challenges including Stratford field work||Urban issues and chall-enges incuding Stratford field work|
|Year 11||Chall-enge of nat-ural hazards||Chall-enge of natural hazards / chall-enges of resource manage-ment||Chall-enge of resource manage-ment / issue evaluation||Physical landscapes in the UK: rivers including fieldwork||Revision of all units and prepara-tion for exams|
Two non-residential fieldwork days are required and students will visit local urban area Stratford to study urban issues and challenges and either the River Chess in Amersham for ‘Rivers’, or Epping Forest for the ‘Living World’.
Students are assessed through 3 papers at the end of year 11 – Paper 1: Physical geography,
Paper 2: Human geography and Paper 3: Issue evaluation and field work.
Key Stage 5 Summary
At Key Stage 5, we study the new AQA geography AS level over one year and the AQA A level over two years.
Students will deepen their knowledge of the processes shaping our planet and how humans interact with their physical environment. We study topics hugely relevant to current global changes and it is an excellent bridge to studying geography at degree level, as well as other subjects such as geology, environmental sciences, economics and politics.
The topics we teach are outlined below:
|Term1||Term 2||`Term 3|
Contemporary Urban Environments
Revision and AS (x 2)
Independent fieldwork investigation (3000-4000) word exam (x2)
|Water and carbon cycles||Revision and A Level exam (x2)|
Students will become increasingly independent across their A Level years in order to prepare them university and beyond. Students are required to read around the subject frequently and develop their own specialism and specific topics of interest.
In Geography, we have a range of Learning Ladders and PLCs (personalised learning checklists) to help students self-assess their knowledge and skills and be aware of how they can improve.
Key Stage 3 – there is a Learning Ladder for each unit
Key Stages 4 and 5 – there is a PLC for each topic and summary of the content of each examination paper.
Here are some useful websites for geographers at all levels:
Geography in the news!
Something geographical happens every day- whether it’s an earthquake or landslide, mass migration or a flood. Keep up to date with news stories happening in the UK and around the world by checking these websites:
Develop your knowledge of where countries, continents and oceans are located.
How can I revise Geography?
It is really important you use your green exercise book to revise- this should act as a revision guide.
Below is a list of websites that can also help with your revision.
When you’ve decided what you need to revise (by using the learning ladder or PLC to check for gaps in your knowledge or skills), try one of these activities:
1. Make flash cards of key words or concepts and then practice with a friend or family member
2. Create a mind map from memory of a topic. Then check your notes and add to your mindmap in a different colour.
3. Answer an exam question. Then mark it using a mark scheme (see below for GCSE and A level links to papers). Now use your notes to make your corrections until you have a full mark model answer.
Outgoing GCSE specification- Year 11 only – Edexcel B
Online textbook: www.gcsegeography.co.uk
Key Stage 4 Revision – AQA
BBC Bitesize: www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/geography
Helpful web pages: www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites/11_16/site/geography
(make sure you choose the 14-16 year old options).
Key Stage 5 Revision – AQA
Physical geography e-book: www.physicalgeography
Hazards and coasts videos: oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/edu/learning
Coastal erosion case studies: www.bgs.ac.uk/research/climatechange/environment/coastal/caseStudies
Changing Places: www.ons.gov.uk