In Year 7 and 8 Geography is taught at KS3 level.
· Map skills and Settlement
We start by learning to use ordnance survey maps to navigate our way around our local area and learn about settlements. Students also learn how to use an atlas to learn about the world we live in.
After Christmas Year 7 students will study Rivers in depth. We look at the course of the river from source to mouth. Along the way we learn how rivers shape our landscape and are essential to our lives.
After Easter Year 7 students do a country study of Japan. Students learn about Japanese culture and industry as well as the physical geography of this fascinating country.
In the summer term students prepare for their summer holidays by looking at our country’s great coastline. As well as looking at coastal erosion and management, we also look at the impact of tourism on the coasts.
Year 8 begins explosively by looking deep inside the earth. We study the tectonic processes which shape the whole earth and how they cause volcanoes and earthquakes. In depth case studies of Mount St Helens and the Chinese Tangshan earthquake are completed by the end of the term.
After tectonics Year 8 move on to look at world development. We look at the causes of world inequalities as well as how we can help the world to be a fairer place.
Leading on from Development Year 8 will take part in a detailed country study of Brazil. Students will look at the problems of the urban slums as well as the Amazon rainforest.
· Weather and Climate
In the summer term students will be looking at Weather and Climate on a range of scales. Students will investigate the micro-climate of our school as well as weather across the UK and the world.
The final topic we cover in KS3 is the E.U. Students will know the history of the E.U. and the impact is has on the UK.