Batchwood School: Make Everyday Count

Geography

Geography Key Stage 3

Aims of the Course

Geography at Batchwood aims to develop our student’s knowledge and understanding of the world around them. Students will investigate in practical ways and interactively.

The national curriculum for Geography aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes
  • Understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time

Are competent in the geographical skills needed to:

  • Collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes
  • Interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • Communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.

Course Content

Students will study a range of topics covering:

Locational Knowledge focussing on Africa, Russia, Asia (inc. China & India) and the Middle East.

Place Knowledge looking at geographical similarities, differences and links between places through the study of human and physical geography.

Human and Physical Geography covering geological timescales, plate tectonics, weather & climate, rocks weathering & soils, glaciation, hydrology and coasts.

Population and urbanisation: international development, economic activity in the primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary sectors, and the use of natural resources.

Geographical skills and fieldwork

Build on their knowledge of globes, maps and atlases and apply and develop this knowledge. Interpret Ordnance Survey maps in the classroom and the field, including using grid references and scale, topographical and other thematic mapping, and aerial and satellite photographs. Use Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to view, analyse and interpret places and data. Use fieldwork in contrasting locations to collect, analyse and draw conclusions from geographical data, using multiple sources of increasingly complex information.

Assessment

All students will be assessed on their written prose and their knowledge and understanding shown through each topic covered. This will allow staff to monitor progress and establish levels in alignment with the National Curriculum.