The fundamental goal for the Geography programme of study at Kingshill is to equip students with the knowledge and the skills that will enable them to have a better understanding of our planet. The world is a fascinating, diverse and strange place. We aim to help young people learn why the Earth is the way it is now, how it has changed and where it might be going in the future.
This overarching goal is achieved by studying a set of topics that range around the world and through different periods in the Earth’s history to deliver an engaging and rigorous curriculum.
Key Stage 3
In Years 7, 8 and 9 the students study a range of places from Antarctica, to the Amazon Rainforest, to the Cotswolds. They will look at geographical issues at all sorts of scales, from those affecting the entire planet (climate change) to those that affect nations and continents (migration) and those that affect their street (town planning). The skills that are vital to the subject are embedded into these different topics. Learning to effectively use maps (both paper and electronic) is at the heart of Geography and is part of almost every lesson. A range of other skills such interpreting texts and photographs or independently investigating issues are also developed.
Key Stage 4 - GCSE
In Years 10 and 11 students revisit some of the places and themes that they studied at Key Stage 3. The GCSE course followed is a mixture of the familiar (coastal landforms or volcanoes) and the new (wildfires or ecotourism). The students’ geographical skills also honed ready for a series of exams and controlled assessments at the end of Year 11. The slightly narrower focus allows for more in-depth work and the opportunity to engage in fieldwork in the UK and abroad.