KS3 Curriculum Guide
The course is designed not only to stimulate an interest and enjoyment in the subject but to provide pupils with a basic, broad and relevant geographical education.
Pupils in year 7 and 8 are taught in set classes and have four one hour lessons a week of Geography for one term in the academic year. In year 9 pupils are also taught in set groups but receive two one hour lessons a week throughout the whole academic year.
Pupils are tested at regular intervals throughout the Key Stage. The assessment may take the form of a formal test, structured exercise, oral work or individual assignment work.
Each year group is also formally examined at a designated time in the spring or summer term. These examinations are used to help formulate the National Curriculum teacher-assessed level at the end of Year 9.
Home learning is set on a regular basis throughout Years 7-9 and should take between 30 and 45 minutes. This will be based on the topic area being studied at the time. Pupils who fail to submit work or produce incomplete home learning frequently will be given detentions.
Beyond the Classroom
The department is committed to offering Key stage 3 pupils an opportunity to learn outside the classroom.
Year 7 – Epping studies field centre visit
Year 8 – Walton–on-the-Naze
Year 9 – Going places with Geography Natural History Museum or Thames Barrier visit
How Parents Can Help
To encourage pupils to complete home learning to the best of their ability in the time given and to give opportunity to read as widely as possible to enhance their general geographical knowledge.
Parents will be notified either by letter or telephone of any serious concern experienced by the department regarding a pupil’s progress and level of achievement. Following such contact there will be an opportunity to discuss matters further in person. Should parents feel their son/daughter is not making progress, they should contact Melanie Atkinson or the subject teacher.
If you have any queries or wish for further information about Geography please contact Melanie Atkinson.