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St Thomas More

Catholic School

KS3

Why is Geography important?

Geography is unique as a subject, because it enables pupils to understand their own place in the world, while also growing in their understanding of rapid changes happening globally. A keen sense of enquiry and interest in global events is vital to being a geographer, as the most successful pupils will have a desire to look beyond the obvious and understand issues in detail. 

As a department, we strongly believe in bringing geography to life outside the classroom. We therefore organise frequent trips to museums, exhibitions and field trip locations across the country, so that pupils can develop their fieldwork skills and deepen their subject knowledge outside their lessons.

At Key Stage 3, pupils are equipped with the skills and conceptual tools to understand the major physical and human processes shaping our world today. Through place-based enquiries, pupils explore a range of social, economic, and environmental challenges facing our planet, and how these are managed. Pupils develop their sense of citizenship, as well as learn how to reduce their environmental impacts.

Topics Covered in KS3

Number of lessons per week: 2

Year 7:

  • Geographical Skills
  • China: Population and Migration
  • Extreme Weather and Climate
  • Oceans Under Threat
  • Tropical Rainforests and Indonesia
  • Human Fieldwork Skills: Our Urban Environment (Haringey)

Year 8:

  • Global Energy Resources, Sustainability and Climate Change
  • Tectonic Hazards
  • Russia
  • Coastal Landscapes
  • Mountain Environments: Past and Present

Year 9:

  • Challenges Facing the UK
  • Development and Factfulness
  • Africa: Continent of Contrasts
  • Superpowers
  • The Middle East
  • Hydrological Cycle and Rivers

Homework

Pupils will receive one piece of Geography homework per week. This will take at least 40 minutes to complete.

Assessment Details

Pupils are assessed regularly: a 1-hour graded test every half term.

Diagnostic monitoring of their classwork and homework will take place twice per half term.

In the final term there is an end-of-term test, covering each topic studied throughout the year.

Revision support

BBC Bitesize for KS3 Geography: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zrw76sg

National Geographic: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/

Royal Geographical Society: https://www.rgs.org/geography/

Time for Geography: https://timeforgeography.co.uk/

Key Tips for Success

  • Pupils should spend between 40 to 60 minutes on their homework. If the homework is research then data should be presented accurately and in their own words. 
  • Pupils should always ask for help in areas that they are unsure of. They must ask for help with their homework in advance of the deadline.
  • Make sure that all work is presented neatly and always written in full and detailed sentences.

How can a parent help their child succeed?

  • Supervise your child’s homework and help them with queries they might have.
  • Encourage your child to take an interest in current affairs by watching the news with them or reading the newspaper together.

Year 8 Trip to the Amazonia exhibition at the Science Museum. December 2021.