Geography Key Stage 3 programme of study (Years 7, 8 & 9)

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2


Place The World

Map Skills



Weather & Climate

Microclimate investigation



Rivers & flooding

Living off Earth’s resources



Mumbai and London

Natural Hazards






Climate Change

Middle East Conflict – oil & energy


How do I help my child through KS3 Geography?

·         Homework will be set once per 2-3 lessons. Regularly checking your child’s homework and offering advice on improvements will be of valuable assistance.  

·         Discussion and extra research of topical geographical issues through watching the news reading newspapers and looking at news websites.

·         Holidays taken abroad and in the UK offer ample opportunities for Geography through looking at landscapes and geographical features as well as studying different cultures.

·         Asking your child to explain their point allows them to verbalise their point and extend their reasoning using connectives (because, so, therefore…). This is a key skill to justify their point/opinion, especially if they can back it up with fact.

·         While ultimately the aim is that your child enjoys finding out about the world around them and increase their awe and wonder, exam skills include decision making and seeing through a fieldwork project. Field work includes collecting evidence to be able to answer a key topic (usually coastal here on the Island), so encourage your child to be interested in the outside world around them.

How will my child be assessed in Geography?

·         Students will be continually assessed through Key Stage 3 in Geography in order to help them understand how they can improve. The topics are in the table above, while skills include describing, comparing, explaining, justifying, analysing and using knowledge to make links between topics (e.g. knowing about where volcanoes are will help understanding about population distribution).

·         In addition to these assessment for learning activities your child will also complete five formally assessed pieces of work each year, which will be marked according to the National Curriculum criteria.

KS4 (GCSE) Edexcel B, new specification from Sept 2016.

The new Edexcel GCSE Geography B course offers an issues-based approach with specification content organised by UK and global geography. It also includes a decision-making paper, which allows students to investigate people-environment issues on a global scale.

How is the course assessed?

Three exams, including fieldwork skills, at the end of the 2 year GCSE course (see above)

How long are the examinations?

All three are 1 hour and 30minutes

Are there controlled assessments?

No. Controlled assessment (regulated coursework) has been scrapped from September 2016. Students will still be completing a coursework style module, however it will be examined instead of a final project being created and marked.

What is covered on the course?

See the table above.

What texts and websites would you recommend?

Watch this space! This is a new course, so we haven’t had a chance to review the new texts and sites that are just being published/updated/created.

Year 11 (GCSE) Edexcel B, old specification from Sept 2009.

How is the course assessed?

Three exams (units 1, 2 & 3) at the end of the 2 year GCSE course (see above).

How long are the examinations?

See the table above as they vary from 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes.

Are there controlled assessments?

Yes. This is the red ‘Unit 4’ in the table above and should have been completed at the end of summer term, however because of extra-curricular studies, exams, work placements, etc, some students will need to make time after the school day in September to complete it in the given time frame. We need to have it marked and internally moderated to be sent away by April, 2017. However, the students have a deadline of December 2016 as they have plenty of other things to study!

What is covered on the course?

See the table above.

What texts and websites would you recommend?

The purple Pearson revision book that has already been given to Geography students. GCSE bitesize is always good for the more general topics, however the purple book, along with guidance of which case studies to study from us, is directly targeted at the exam.

KS5 - A Level Geography

Year 12 AS Geography

New spec from 2016

What we’ll study in Geography, Key stage 5 -  Year 13  



How does Geography promote British Values?



Enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence

Encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, understanding blocs, groups, rights, development, resources and conflict around the world.

The rule of law

Enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the attitudes between groups and understand this has reactions.

Individual Liberty

Enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence

Encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely. See the synoptic themes in the table above and relate it to the local and global issues.

Mutual Respect

Encourage students to acquire a broad knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England. Encourage respect for other people.

Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

Further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures and beliefs.

With the challenge of being a predominantly white British population, discussing and working with Geographical issues around the world gives a conduit to discuss, clarify and questions different faiths and beliefs. Working in the same faculty as Religious Studies and History gives an extra support of expanding, researching and qualifying associated issues and fact.

 Subject Leader: Mrs Jackie Builth