KS3 geography offers students the chance to engage with the environment at a range of scales. Students develop a comprehensive understanding of the physical and human features of the earth, oceans and its atmosphere, while critically examining the relationship between humans and the environment. The course is designed to allow students to analyse different regions of the globe and create a holistic view of how humans and the environment vary and interact on a range of scales. Students investigate the forces that have shaped climates, populations and nations, while forecasting the potential changes to environments in the future. Students acquire a range of relevant geography skills, including critical analysis, in-depth discussion, map reading, interpreting from photographs and maps, fieldwork skills, categorisation of impacts as environmental, social or economic and the ability to accurately explain geographical phenomenon.

 

Year 7 Outline:

Semester 1

Students begin by studying ‘An introduction to Geography’. This introduces students to the fundamental skills they will use in geography, including map reading & interpretation, identifying scale and using basic fieldwork techniques. All of this is centred on the local geography of Hackney.

Semester 2

Semester 3

In semester 3 students then move on to study polar environments. This topic aims to give students a detailed insight in to Antarctic and Arctic environments. They will study the climate of these areas, their importance to people around the globe, threats to these areas and how these areas may appear in the future

Semester 4

Semester 5

Finally the African Environment topic gives students a holistic view of the human and physical geography found in the continent of Africa. This includes studying the socio-economic situation in Africa, how Africa is important to the global economy, how Africa is changing (in terms of environment, economy and population), threats faced in Africa and the future for Africa.

Semester 6

 
 

Year 8 Outline: 

Semester 1

Students begin year 8 with a place based study, looking at China in detail across 2 semesters. In this topic students are able to gain analyse China’s rise as a global power examining the growth of China’s population, the future of the population and environment in China, the diversity of China and how the world relies on China in terms of industry and commerce.

Semester 2

Semester 3

In semester 3 students study conflict. This topic outlines the significance of current and future conflicts in terms of their causes and impacts (long & short term), their ability to shape countries and regions, the changes they cause to local and regional environments, the migrations they cause and the potential they have to shape global politics and commerce in the future.

Semester 4

Semester 5

Lastly, students finish with further place based study. Looking at India in depth. This topic gives an insight in to India from the monsoons in south west India, to the creation of the Himalayas to the growth of the Indian megacities and finally the future of India as a global power.

Semester 6