Key Stage 3 Geography
Geography is all about the world and our place within it. Our KS3 curriculum is currently going through an overhaul to help make the subject more relevant to the 21st century.

In year 7 students, as part of the Weavers Academy ‘Big Think’ will be developing key geographical skills including map work and observations. We will be looking at the geography of the Battle of Hastings site to see if contours really helped shape the future of the country. We will then go back in time and explore the theory of the Big Bang – how can everything come from nothing? Students will then begin to look at how planet Earth has developed and the theory of evolution. This unit will lead into an in-depth study of the UK including the formation and features of our river valleys and how our urban areas have developed over time. We will end year 7 by looking at ecosystems; in particular the comparison between tropical rainforests and deserts.

Year 8 is more about the global systems. We will start by looking at population and how population growth can change depending on how wealthy your country is. We will also be looking at population management strategies and the global movement of people. Year 8 students will then start a unit of work called geomorphology which is all about physical processes upon the earth. We will study glaciers and how these rivers of ice can reduce the size of a mountain, we will then look at coastal processes and how rivers work. Throughout this unit, we will also be looking at the human impacts upon these fragile environments. Year 8 will quite literally end with a bang as finish the year by looking at our restless planet and discover how and why volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis happen.

Year 9 Geography begins with a study of extreme weather. We will be looking into climate change and whether this phenomenon is making our weather worse or if it really is a nature effect. We will look at life in a global world and who really are the winners and losers. Year 9 will end with country comparisons between China and India – these two nations are emerging superpowers, we will be looking at how and why this has come about.

Year 10 and 11
In years 10 and 11 we follow the new AQA GCSE specification which gives students the opportunity to study a range of contemporary global issues as well as how the physical world works, exploring the roles and relationships we as humans have within it. At Weavers we develop key geographical skills and strong understanding and knowledge of concepts and processes, enabling our students to ‘think like a geographer’, allowing them to critique, argue and evaluate the world and its processes around them.

  1. Living with the physical environment (35% of the course)
    In this unit you will be learning about natural hazards such as volcanoes and hurricanes and why people chose to live in danger zones and how they cope. We will take a closer look at the United Kingdom and its physical landscape and how features such as our mountain ranges were formed. We will also examine the living world where you will look at desert environments and how people and animals can live in such harsh conditions.
  2. Challenges in the human environment (35% of the course)
    In this unit of work we will look at the issues of living in a global world and how we can manage the resources we have left. We will also look at how places are interconnected and the challenges people face with living in megacities such as Tokyo and Mumbai.
  3. Geographical Applications (30% of the course)
    This is the section of the course where we teach you skills and how to evaluate different global issues. We will undergo two different fieldwork investigations to develop and demonstrate key geographical skills.
    The exams will be a mixture of multiple choice questions with some short and longer response answers.

Years 12 and 13
At Weavers we follow the AQA specification at A-level. We aim to develop our geographers as independent thinkers, arming them with the skills to succeed beyond A-level into higher education. Covering topics that are based on ever changing and controversial current affairs, as well as exploring global hazards associated with tectonics or tropical storms while investigating how humans respond and influence different environments. This also includes issues around growing populations and global governance and management of the issues humans face.
As a student at Weavers academy you will have the opportunity to debate and argue different issues, expected to follow and stay up to date on current affairs and global events, developing your ability to argue and evaluate the topics you study.

AS content
In paper one we will be studying water and carbon cycles, coastal systems and global hazards. Paper two will focus on changing places and includes a fieldwork investigation and geographical skills.

A2 content
The full A Level course comprises of the following:

  • For Paper one we will be studying water and carbon cycles, coastal systems and global hazards
  • Paper two will focus on changing places, global governance and population and the environment
  • Paper three is an individual geographical investigation based on your fieldwork