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Key Stage 3 Geography

Homewood’s Geography Department is recognised as a ‘Secondary Quality Mark Centre of Excellence’ by the Geographical association which recognises the department's contribution to quality geography beyond the school and into the local or regional education community.

At Key Stage 3 all year 7 and year 8 students study Geography as part of TOTaL Curriculum. This gives them an introduction to all the topics in the Geography National Curriculum, which covers environmental, human and physical topics. We also try to arrange at least one field trip out of school as well as visits to the school woods and the school farm. We aim to show students how they rely on the environment and how they affect it.

Topics covered

Term 1 – Conquest: Fantastic Places

The purpose of this module is to stimulate an interest in, and a sense of wonder about, places. As the module name suggests, the main emphasis is the key concept of place, developing students’ ‘geographical imaginations’ of places at a variety of scales and understanding the physical and human characteristics of them. We study the extremes from Svalbard, one of the coldest places on earth to Death Valley, one of the hottest places on earth.

Term 2 – Environment: Adventure Landscapes

This module should appeal to students’ sense of wonder and adventure, virtually dropping them into dramatic places above and below ground and allowing them to explore the physical processes that formed them and continue to shape them. The module includes some ICT based work, lots of creativity as well as map skills. We study Cheddar Gorge in the South of the UK and travel North to study the Titan cave and the Isle of Skye.

Term 3 – Revolution: The Geography of Science

The purpose of this module is to explore some of the links between the disciplines of geography and science through three topical flashpoints: Swine Flu, the Sichuan Earthquake (2008) and climate change with particular reference to flooding in London.

Term 4 – Dimensions: Impossible Places

This module explores how human activity can create or change places that can be considered to be “impossible”. It may be that the physical or natural environment cannot supply new demands of uncontrolled urban development.  It could be that human innovation has created the means to enable and make possible new development in places unthinkable before. The activities of people themselves may make a place untenable for future generations or to continue to live in safely. We study places as diverse as Las Vegas and Dubai in this module.

Term 5 – Freedom: Who wants to be a billionaire?

The purpose of this module of work is to describe and explain changing human processes through a study of inequalities in the global distribution of wealth in the era of modern globalisation. After mapping where the very wealthiest people live, students will ask why people in some countries are gaining wealth faster than others. This module will also raise important questions about the nature of global citizenship and the importance of money for quality of life and happiness. In this module we investigate why there are so many billionaires in North America compared to Africa which has so few.

Term 6 – Systems: Rainforests

This module studies the complex nature of the worlds rainforests, students investigate the location and global function of the forests. As well as learning about the physical characteristics of the rainforests we will also study the various demands being placed on it and discover the reasons why deforestation is taking place.

Term 7 – Survival: Risky World

The purpose of this module is to explore the world of risk from a personal scale to a global scale. The media can seem full of stories about how we are at constant risk from crime, natural disasters, climate change, international terrorism and global epidemics. But who in the world is most at risk from natural or human disasters and is it possible to manage these risks/hazards? This module focuses on flooding in Bangladesh and the Asian Tsunami 2004.

Term 8 – Change: Paradise Lost

This module is about tourism in contemporary Thailand. It focuses on the physical and human processes that make Thailand an increasingly popular place for tourists to visit; how tourism affects environmental interaction and sustainable development and the interdependent nature of an industry that increasingly relies on other countries, near and far, to supply its workforce and to widen its markets. One consequence of this interdependence may be an effect on cultural understanding and diversity both positive and negative.

Term 9 – Conflict: London 2012

This module focuses on the build up to the Olympics in 2012 to be hosted in London.  From ‘personal geographies’ of how young people regard the Olympics in relation to their own sporting activities and the spaces they frequent for exercise and sport, through to social, economic and environmental regeneration at a local, regional and national scale and the role of the Games in selling London the place as a ‘World City’ and the increasing interdependence of the local, regional, and national on this global scale.