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 Year 10 students focus on physical geography. Units include earthquakes and volcanoes, climate change, tropical rainforests and the coastline of the United Kingdom.
In Year 11 the focus switches to human Geography. Units studied include urbanisation, Rio de Janeiro, food production, development and the changes in the United Kingdom’s economy since World War II.
Throughout the two years students gain skills in map work, statistical analysis and use of photographs. Two pieces of fieldwork are completed. The first involves a river study on a tributary of the Severn and the second is an urban study in Cirencester. There is also the opportunity to visit Iceland as part of a school trip.