“What is our knowledge worth if we know nothing about the world that sustains us, nothing about natural systems and climate, nothing about other countries and cultures” (Jonathon Porritt, Forum for the Future).
First of all, welcome to The Blue School Geography Department; we hope that you will find this summary of Key Stage 3 useful and that it will provide for a smooth and successful transition into Y7.
Key Stage 3
The KS3 curriculum is constantly evolving, just as the World around us is. Key Geographical events shape our understanding of the delicate balance that needs to be achieved so we can utilise its nature in a sustainable manner. Only by recognising threats to the quality of our landscape can we educate young minds to make appropriate decisions to ensure its preservation.
The KS3 curriculum investigates a number of themes and concepts aimed at developing student understanding of key Geographical processes. Elements of Human and Physical Geography are addressed at varying scales and where possible the department makes use of recent events, available technologies and the skills of individuals in our community to enhance teaching and learning.
Throughout Key Stage 3 Geography the course is divided into modules lasting approximately 6 weeks. Modules are assessed using a variety of forms such as tests, reports, presentations and projects. These are designed so that the students can achieve success to the best of their abilities.
The department aims to give opportunities to undertake fieldwork in support of the curriculum; many trips such as the annual year 8 trip to the Quantock Hills have been successfully run for a number of years and students both enjoy and value the work achieved on these days.
Finally, students are expected to come to lessons with their exercise book and basic stationery i.e. pen, pencil, rubber and ruler. An atlas at home provides a useful reference and it would help their studies greatly if students regularly used the resources found in the school library as well as following the news and general interest programmes on the television and radio. The department has many and varied resources including access to a suite of PCs linked to the school network; this ensures that ICT and GIS are a focus in many lessons in Geography.