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Geography is the study of where places are, what they are like, what life is like in them and how and why they are changing. It can help you to: 
  • Gain a knowledge of the world and understand current events.
  • Appreciate different cultures in this country and abroad.
  • Become aware of physical and human environments.
  • Learn how to become a more sustainable individual.
  • Read and use maps, satellite images and atlases and improve your ICT skills.

You will enjoy the course if you want to study a subject that is relevant to your future, involves practical work outdoors and is studied through investigation not just reading and listening.  Geography is a very broad subject and important for many jobs; knowledge and skills learnt in Geography can help you to understand topics in other subjects. It helps us to learn about our planet – how we use it and how we abuse it.

“Geography is the subject which holds the key to our future.” (Michael Palin) 

Key Stage 3

Students in Year 7, 8 and 9 study a wide variety of units throughout their Geography lessons. In each year students will receive 2 hours of Geography per week.

In Year 7, students focus on developing skills covered in primary school. The students practice navigation and map skills in units such as “Ray Mears” and “Festivals”. They begin to investigate global issues in units such as “Extreme Weather” and “Criminal Geography”. Toward the end of the year students turn their focus onto issues within developing countries – “Kenya” and “China”.

In Year 8, students begin to focus on the contemporary issues of “Rio World Cup” and the “Development” of different countries around the world, including issues of “Globalisation and Fair-trade”. Toward the later part of Year 8 students tend to focus on the physical elements of our world by investigating “River & Coastal Landscapes”, “Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tsunami’s” and “Antarctica”.

As students enter the last year of Key Stage 3, they practice skills that will be of use in their GCSE’s. Students undertake a personal investigation into the social, economic and environmental issues of “India”. The International Partnership with a link school in India is strongly reflected in this unit. The investigation includes many skills required in the Year 10 Controlled Assessment. Further topics include “Tropical Ecosystems”, “Tourism” and “Population”.

Each topic has been carefully selected to give our students the best experience before they are able to opt for the subject in Year 10 and 11 if they wish.

Throughout Key Stage 3 we are able to make excellent use of our local environment through field-visits. In the past 2 years our Key Stage 3 students have visited Lanhydrock Woods, Widemouth Bay, Boscastle, Delabole Slate Quarry, The Eden Project and Perranporth. 

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