The Geography department offers students a range of stimulating learning opportunities from Key Stage 3 and 4 to 5. High quality geography teaching at TMCS inspires pupils to develop a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people which will equip them for the rest of their lives. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world will help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between human and physical processes. Pupils will also develop a set of employable transferrable skills; problem solving, analytical skills, communication and research skills.
Skills learned at Key Stage 3 drive achievement at Key stage 4 and 5. Geography at Thomas More focuses on establishing a solid foundation of geographical skills such as; using maps, world knowledge and fieldwork. At key stage 3 we have a range of stimulating topics and projects which give pupils a deep contextual understanding of human and physical geography. The Geography Department believes strongly that students should show respect for their natural and human environment alongside enjoying learning and inquiring about their world. An enquiry approach towards their work is encouraged which provides opportunities for controversial issues to be discussed, and problems to be solved.
Our current KS3 curriculum includes topics on:
- Year 7 – Geography fieldwork (including an investigation at TMCS), World Knowledge, Geography of the UK, Map Skills and GIS, Global Biomes.
- Year 8 – We take a thematic approach to ensure students connect their geographical understanding; Population, Urban Challenges, Inequalities in global development, Resource management, Tectonic Hazards, Climate Change and Coastal Landscapes.
Geography at KS4
Geography GCSE is an exciting and relevant course which studies both physical and human themes and the link between them. Students will travel the world from their classroom, exploring case studies in the United Kingdom (UK), higher income countries (HICs), newly emerging economies (NEEs) and lower income countries (LICs).
- AQA 9-1 Geography (8035)
- Paper 1 – Living with the physical environment: Natural hazards, Tropical rainforests, cold environments, coastal and river landscapes – (35%)
- Paper 2 – Challenges in the human environment: Urban issues, changing economic world (development), resource management – (35%)
- Paper 3 – Geographical applications: Issue evaluation and fieldwork – (30%)
This qualification includes two compulsory fieldwork trips, one human and the other physical. Previously we have visited; Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Box Hill, Brighton, Newhaven and Seaford.
Additional and recommended learning tools or reading
- AQA website: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/gcse/geography-8035
- KS3 Textbook: Progress in Geography https://www.hoddereducation.co.uk/subjects/geography/products/11-14/progress-in-geography-key-stage-3
- KS4 AQA Textbook: https://www.hoddereducation.co.uk/subjects/geography/products/14-16/aqa-gcse-geography
- Revision Website: http://www.coolgeography.co.uk/
- Ms S Schneidau (Head of department)
- Mr N Hankin