KS3 Curriculum Overview: Geography

Year 7

Autumn Term 1

Being a Geographer

Ethos Links:

Milton Keynes – looking into how Mk has developed and how they can show this though geographical skills.

STEM – creating an investigation into their home environment.

Sustainability – focus of the investigation is how green is MK

Geographical Skills:

All Geographical skills will be developed throughout each SOL. A more detailed breakdown can be found in the SOL for each topic.

Wider Curriculum Skills:

  • Planning, organisation, research, resistance, perseverance.

Assessment Opportunity

The base line assessment is an exam styled paper that incorporates unit 1 and topics Student should’ve covered in KS2. We will be assessing the following skills

  • Subject knowledge (AO1 & AO2)
  • Cartographic (AO4)
  • Criterial thinking (AO1, AO2 & AO3)
  • Written responses (AO1, AO2 & AO3)

Autumn Term 2

Sustainability

Ethos Links:

Sustainability – What does the term mean? Why is this important for the future.

STEM – How can we engineer new methods of generating power?

Global Challenges– how can the world take collective action to the issues we are facing?

Geographical Skills:

All Geographical skills will be developed throughout each SOL. A more detailed breakdown can be found in the SOL for each topic.

Wider Curriculum Skills:

  • Problem solving, using data, collecting, research.

Assessment Opportunity

The base line assessment is an exam styled paper that incorporates unit 1 and topics Student should’ve covered in KS2. We will be assessing the following skills

  • Subject knowledge (AO1 & AO2)
  • Cartographic (AO4)
  • Criterial thinking (AO1, AO2 & AO3)
  • Written responses (AO1, AO2 & AO3)

Spring Term 1

People of the Earth

Ethos Links:

Milton Keynes- How has the population in MK changed in the past 50 years?

SustainabilityHow can population growth have an impact on the environment?

Global Challengeshow can we deal with different levels of development?

Geographical Skills:

All Geographical skills will be developed throughout each SOL. A more detailed breakdown can be found in the SOL for each topic.

Wider Curriculum Skills:

  • Making judgements, making links, evaluation, using data, graphical skills.

Spring Term 2

Landscapes of the world

Geographical Skills:

All Geographical skills will be developed throughout each SOL. A more detailed breakdown can be found in the SOL for each topic.

Wider Curriculum Skills:

  • Making links, analyse, evaluation.

Summer Term 1

Weather and climate

Ethos Links:

STEM- How can we engineer weather?

Sustainability– How is the release of pollution causing a change in our weather and climate?

Global Challenges– how do developing countries deal with a changing climate?

Geographical Skills:

All Geographical skills will be developed throughout each SOL. A more detailed breakdown can be found in the SOL for each topic.

Wider Curriculum Skills:

  • Applying knowledge, questioning, processes, making links.

Summer Term 2

Fieldwork Enquiry

Ethos Links:

Sustainability– How can we use research methods in looking at sustainability?

STEM- How can Fieldwork inform new technological advancements?

Global Challengeswhy is it important for a wider group of people to ask questions about their environment?

Geographical Skills:

All Geographical skills will be developed throughout each SOL. A more detailed breakdown can be found in the SOL for each topic.

Wider Curriculum Skills:

  • Applying knowledge, planning, organisation, research, using data.

Year 8

Autumn Term 1

Economic World

Ethos Links:

Milton Keynes– looking at the growth in the UK in new towns.

STEM- How has changing technology enabled globalisation?

Global ChallengesHow do we bridge the development gap?

Geographical Skills:

All Geographical skills will be developed throughout each SOL. A more detailed breakdown can be found in the SOL for each topic.

Wider Curriculum Skills:

  • Finding and using evidence, making links and applying knowledge, analysis and evaluation.

Autumn Term 2

River Systems

Ethos Links:

Sustainability– How are we able to manage river systems?

STEM- How can we engineer rivers to suite our needs?

Global ChallengesHow will climate change impact our river systems?

Geographical Skills:

All Geographical skills will be developed throughout each SOL. A more detailed breakdown can be found in the SOL for each topic.

Wider Curriculum Skills:

  • Research, collecting, using and distilling data, finding and using evidence, Thinking, reasoning and making judgements.

Spring Term 1

World’s Resources

Ethos Links:

Milton Keynes– How can water, energy and food insecurity affect my local area in the future?

STEM- How can we use science and technological advancement to increase our resources?

Global ChallengesHow are we able to maintain global political relationships?

Geographical Skills:

All Geographical skills will be developed throughout each SOL. A more detailed breakdown can be found in the SOL for each topic.

Wider Curriculum Skills:

  • Making links and applying knowledge, collecting, using and distilling data, Thinking, reasoning and making judgements.

Spring Term 2

Threatened Places

Ethos Links:

Sustainability– How are we able to use our environments without long term harm?

STEM- How can we use scientific fact to aid our management of our environments?

Global ChallengesHow can meet global demand without impacting our environment?

Geographical Skills:

All Geographical skills will be developed throughout each SOL. A more detailed breakdown can be found in the SOL for each topic.

Wider Curriculum Skills:

  • Making links and applying knowledge, analysis and evaluation, problem solving.

Summer Term 1

Cities of the Future

Ethos Links:

Milton Keynes– How can MK be a sustainable city?

Sustainability- How are we able to use our environments without long term harm?

Global ChallengesHow can meet the UK’s demand for housing and keep the green belt?

Geographical Skills:

All Geographical skills will be developed throughout each SOL. A more detailed breakdown can be found in the SOL for each topic.

Wider Curriculum Skills:

  • Collecting, using and distilling data, Thinking, reasoning and making judgements, research, analysis and evaluation.

Assessment Opportunity

Progress check 3 is an end of year exam paper.  We will be assessing the following skills:

  • Subject Knowledge (AO1 and AO2)
  • Processes (AO2 and AO3)
  • Graphical and Fieldwork (statistical) skills (AO1, AO3 and AO4)
  • Written response and Critical thinking (AO1, AO2 and AO3)

Summer Term 2

Coastal Systems

Ethos Links:

Sustainability– How are we able to manage costal systems?

STEM- How can we engineer coastlines to suite our needs?

Global ChallengesHow will climate change impact our coastal systems?

Geographical Skills:

All Geographical skills will be developed throughout each SOL. A more detailed breakdown can be found in the SOL for each topic.

Wider Curriculum Skills:

  • Collecting, using and distilling data, Thinking, reasoning and making judgements, research, analysis and evaluation.

Assessment Opportunity

Progress check 3 is an end of year exam paper.  We will be assessing the following skills:

  • Subject Knowledge (AO1 and AO2)
  • Processes (AO2 and AO3)
  • Graphical and Fieldwork (statistical) skills (AO1, AO3 and AO4)
  • Written response and Critical thinking (AO1, AO2 and AO3)

Year 9

Autumn Term 1

Tourism

Ethos Links:

Milton Keynes- What attracts people to MK?

Sustainability– How can a tourist culture have positive and negative impacts to the environment?

Global Challenges is tourism a way to bridge the development gap?

Geographical Skills:

All Geographical skills will be developed throughout each SOL. A more detailed breakdown can be found in the SOL for each topic.

Wider Curriculum Skills:

  • Research, collecting, using and distilling data, finding and using evidence, Thinking, reasoning and making judgements.

Autumn Term 2

Natural Hazards

Ethos Links:

Sustainability– How can our action affect weather hazards such as tropical storms?

STEM- How can we create new engineering ideas to be able to cope with hazards to increases the capacity to cope?

Global ChallengesHow can we manage development and hazards in LICs?

Geographical Skills:

All Geographical skills will be developed throughout each SOL. A more detailed breakdown can be found in the SOL for each topic.

Wider Curriculum Skills:

  • Applying knowledge, questioning, processes, making links.

Spring Term 1

Global Products

Ethos Links:

Milton Keynes- what evidence of globalization do we have in the city centre? E.g., Apple store.

Sustainability– How is a capitalist economy an issue for our environment?

Global ChallengesHow can countries that are developing avoid the issues that comes with industrialization?

Geographical Skills:

All Geographical skills will be developed throughout each SOL. A more detailed breakdown can be found in the SOL for each topic.

Wider Curriculum Skills:

  • Making links and applying knowledge, analysis and evaluation.

Spring Term 2

Hot and cold deserts

Ethos Links:

Sustainability– How are the actions of humans affecting environments all over the world?

STEM- How can new technological advancements allow for a change in where humans can live? e.g., Dubai.

Global ChallengesHow can we use our global environments without cause long term harm?

Geographical Skills:

All Geographical skills will be developed throughout each SOL. A more detailed breakdown can be found in the SOL for each topic.

Wider Curriculum Skills:

  • Making links and applying knowledge, analysis and evaluation, problem-solving.

Summer Term 1

Global Cultures

Ethos Links:

Milton Keynes- How has the cultural make up of MK changed over time?

Sustainability– How has a mixing of cultures allowed for advances in society?

Global ChallengesHow can we reach a level of equality around the world?

Geographical Skills:

All Geographical skills will be developed throughout each SOL. A more detailed breakdown can be found in the SOL for each topic.

Wider Curriculum Skills:

  • Collecting, using and distilling data, Thinking, reasoning and making judgements, research, analysis and evaluation.

Summer Term 2

Climate Change

Ethos Links:

Sustainability– What role have humans played in a changing climate?

STEM- How can renewable power allow for mitigation?

Global ChallengesHow can we reduce the impact of climate change and reach sustainability for future generations?

Geographical Skills:

All Geographical skills will be developed throughout each SOL. A more detailed breakdown can be found in the SOL for each topic.

Wider Curriculum Skills:

  • Applying knowledge, analysis and evaluation, problem solving.
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