Key Stage 3 Overview

Geography at KS3 covers the key skills that will be used at KS4. We develop map skills by using OS, world and UK maps; construct and describe graphs; label and annotate images; analyse and evaluate different schemes/political polices used in different countries around the world and practise fieldwork techniques such as data presentation and risk assessment.

These skills are applied to a wide range of assessments throughout KS3. The topics covered are China, Rivers, Settlement, Antarctica, Farming, Africa and Globalisation.

Key Stage 4 Overview

Geography at KS4 follows the AQA Geography syllabus. There are three papers:

Paper 1 (Physical): Coasts, Rivers, the living world (tropical rainforests and hot deserts) and hazards (earthquakes, volcanoes, tropical storms and climate change).
Paper 2 (Human): Urbanisation, resource management, the development gap and economic futures.
Paper 3 (Skills): Fieldwork and issue evaluation.

Qualification Assessment Overview

The Geography GCSE is 100% external assessment which takes place in May/June of Year 11.

Internal “mock exams” take place in year 9, 10 and twice in year 11 to monitor progress but pupils regularly complete practice questions in a variety of forms throughout KS4.

Curriculum Map

Curriculum Map – Geography 2017-18

How can parents support their child and Sir Thomas Boughey with Geography?

In Geography pupils will need to back up their answers with case study information: pupils will find this easier if they watch the news and are aware of events that happen around the world. The AQA exam practise workbook and revision guide are a fantastic resource to help pupils with revision for exams and assessments.

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