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The Geography department has a developed a strong curriculum, promoting active teaching across a wide range of topics at Key Stage 3. We focus on modern issues and challenges facing the world today, as well as developing a strong skills base for pupils. The department consists of three full-time teachers, supported in Year 7 by two other member of staff. In Years 7, 8 and 9, pupils have three lessons per fortnight, with 30 minutes of homework per week. There are three classrooms, all equipped with interactive whiteboards with a range of supporting resources available on Fronter, in the library and within the department. The department is very well resourced to meet the needs of pupils in all year groups.

Fieldwork is a key ingredient for all years, developing learning outside of the classroom and introducing skills beneficial at KS4 and beyond. Trips include: a study of a shopping environment at Bluewater in Year 7, and sustainable coastal management and marine processes at Pett Level in Year 8.

  Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
Year 7 What is Geography? Map work, knowledge and skills development Completing map work and introducing settlements. Oceans: the uses, threats and solutions facing the world’s oceans. Geography of Shopping: includes Bluewater fieldtrip and investigation Weather and Climate: types of weather, the impacts of climate and global warming Cold Environments: ice caps, glaciers and how they affect the Earth. Humans in the cold environments
Year 8 Population issues: disease, pressures and migration. Megacities and slums Tropical Rain Forests: exploitation, solutions and indigenous populations Food: How can we eat more sustainably? Living with Water: River flooding and coastal management Coastal field work at Pett Level and project write up Deserts – living and travelling in extreme environments
Year 9 Extreme Weather: Storms, tornadoes, heat waves and drought Tourism: impacts of tourists, travelling the world and planning a Gap Year Natural Hazards: earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis and landslides. Living with hazards Completing the Natural Hazards topic Development and Globalisation: exploring the development gap, emerging powers, globalisation and development solutions Water: human and physical interaction, pollution and large and small scale management schemes

Year 8 fieldwork at Cuckmere Haven


Assessments are designed to enhance student skills and to meet the needs of all learners, stretching and challenging the pupils appropriately. Some examples include pupils designing their own sustainable meals, presenting extreme weather trends through GIS software, carrying out decision making exercises on development issues, and evaluating research sources as part of their gap year project.


Also see related pages: Curriculum and Prospectus