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KS3 Geography

In Geography at James Hornsby pupils will go on a journey to different regions and countries of the world.

Our curriculum is sequenced so that key concepts are revisited and built upon, organising our curriculum by world regions rather than topics allows us to explore key concepts across different contexts. For example, we will study economic development in the UK and the role the industrial revolution played in this, later studying the historical context of economic development across parts of Africa and the challenges and opportunities faced by parts of the continent today, we will then visit Asia and examine China’s road to development and how its fortunes are now intertwined with numerous African nations. In year 7 pupils will learn the fundamentals of cloud and rainfall formation in the context of the UK’s climate, they will then use these fundamentals when studying the distribution of tropical rainforests and hot deserts across the earth’s surface, the tundra climate in Russia, the cause of the monsoon rains in India and why tropical storms form.

The following themes are weaved throughout our curriculum

  • Weather and climate
  • Climate change
  • Ecosystems
  • Physical processes
  • Economic development
  • Population
  • Resources
  • Interrelationships
  • Geographical skills
  • Fieldwork and decision-making exercises

We will study these through the contexts of places at different scales including, but not limited to

  • Laindon
  • London
  • The UK
  • The USA
  • Haiti
  • Russia
  • India
  • China
  • Japan
  • Bangladesh
  • The Middle East
  • Africa
  • Nigeria
  • Lagos

KS4 Geography

This exciting course is based on a balanced framework of physical and human geography. It allows students to investigate the link between the two themes, and approach and examine the battles between the man-made and natural worlds. Students will travel the world from their classroom, exploring case studies in the United Kingdom and across the globe. Topics of study include climate change, natural hazards, poverty, deprivation, global shifts in economic power and the challenge of sustainable resource use. Students are also encouraged to understand their role in society, by considering different viewpoints, values and attitudes.


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