The aim for Geography at Verulam is to create a full package of learning from year 7 right through to year 13. We in the department have a tag line of ‘We don’t just teach Geography we create Geographers’.
It is this vision, which is the ethos of our curriculum planning. We have aimed to look at the end goal of A-Level Geography and work backwards. This ensures that all students are prepared for the next step forward. This has been a successful ethos and we are proud to say that we have some of the largest A-Level numbers.
Thus throughout the Lessons from 7-13 we are focusing of the 13 key concepts. They are as follows: Causality, Systems, feedback, inequality, identity, globalisation, interdependence, mitigation and adaption, sustainability, risk, resilience, thresholds
Key Stage 3
What will you learn about? Areas/texts covered, broken down by Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9.
- Introduction to the UK
- Work, rest and play in the UK
- Our living world
- Our equal worlds
- Focus on Africa
- Global issues
- OS maps
- Decision-making exercise
- Maps and satellite photos: Russia’s Biomes
- Scatter graphs
- Cross sections
- Maps and satellite photos: Antarctica
- Physical landscapes in the UK
- Weather and climate in the UK
- The people of the UK
- Challenges and opportunities in the UK
- Our Unequal world
- World cities
- Physical atlas maps
- Climate atlas maps
- Population pyramids
- Comparing maps
- Choropleth maps and proportional symbols
How parents can support their child’s learning?
‘The study of geography is about more than just memorizing places on a map. It’s about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents. And in the end, it’s about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together’ – Barack Obama
- Providing the tools for homework and revision: a quiet space to work and a “workbox” of pens, paper and other necessities.
- Showing a positive interest in your son / daughter’s school work and helping them with homework (but not doing it for them)
- Watch the News between 18:00-18:15. This give the main headlines around the world
- Read geographical books. Recommend, The Almighty Dollar, Prisoners of geography and Divided.
- Advising your child on how they can break tasks down so that they are manageable, keeping a subtle eye on progress and celebrating achievements, and seeing a positive way forward when things do not go according to plan.
- Encourage them to join the Geography ECCO Club
- Agree the rules for homework, coursework and revision. What key goal must be achieved by the end of the session?
- Encourage your child to access the extensive support that is available at school: after school such as To Uni Tuesday, revision materials from their CGP guide and from classroom teachers, support from large Sixth Form cohort.
- Write key dates in your diary and the dates of examinations
- Follow our social media (@verualmgeogHOD/ @Verulamgeog) to learn with them