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Welcome to the Geography Super Curriculum. Here you will find many opportunities that will support your child’s wider knowledge, understanding and interest in the subject. We are proud to be the subject that is so current, exciting and fascinating in today’s modern and changing world.

As well as this page, students can access the KS3 Geography Google Site (accessible for Year 7, 8 & 9 students only) which is P0761lnlconstantly updated. There are many competitions throughout the year including an opportunity to enter the Royal Geographical Society’s ‘Young Geographer of the Year’. We have guest speakers sharing their stories and experiences, and we are looking to enhance our links with local primary schools by using the KS3 Geographer’s to motivate the Geographer’s of tomorrow.268x0w

‘Geography in the News’ can be found on the Geography KS3 Google Site. Also within each topic on the google site, there are relevant news articles, helpful documents and information for each topic.

Useful websites include:

For any new and fascinating ideas, contact your Geography teacher.

Discovery Club

This club is run by the Geography Team. We would like as many KS3 students to get involved as possible. Examples of activities include mapping the current earthquakes around the world, creating an erupting volcano and investigating a relevant issue. In this session the students can always ask about their classwork too.

My Place

DO

As you complete the in-school Geographical Enquiry, could you create one of your own?

SEE

Talk to your parents and see what you could do in your local area or on a holiday. Here are some examples:

  • Find out if people visiting Tring town centre are from the local area or from further afield?
  • Is Tring full of independent shops or chain shops?
  • Can you place a nature corner in your garden? 
  • Investigate a seaside town - is it protected from the sea?

WATCH

Find out about a place by watching Simon Reeve's programmes. Also, play some meditation music and lie in the garden with your eyes closed. How many different sounds do you hear in your Place?

THINK

Talk to your neighbours and find out if there is something that you can improve in your place to help your community e.g. recycling, reducing litter.

READ

Find out about the Geographical Enquiry process at: https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/guides/z9st2nb/revision/2

Weather and Climate Change

DO

Make your own water cycle and make your own weather station & record the weather for a week, you could make a rain gauge from a plastic bottle, borrow a thermometer or use your phone. Put a flag up to measure wind direction... weather vane & rain gauge ideas.

SEE

  • Visit the Eden Project to find out how we are adapting to climate change.
  • The Sustainability Centre to find out what new innovative ways are being carried out.
  • CAT in Wales (Centre for Alternative Technology) for a hands on experience. 
  • Also visit the Science Museum to find out new ways to measure the weather.

WATCH

Watch ‘Climate Change: The Facts’ by Sir David Attenborough.

THINK

Talk to your family and see what you can do in your home to reduce climate change. Are there 5 things that you can do to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide produced?

READ

There is so much to read surrounding this topic. Read about examples where we have had extreme weather in the UK e.g. the Beast from the East.

Water

DO

Record & calculate your water use for a week. Worksheet

SEE

Visit a reservoir e.g. Tring reservoir, Grafham Water or Rutland Water. Explore the issues that arise from constructing a reservoir. Or you could visit a hydroelectric power dam where you can see the importance of water supply.

WATCH

“Wonders of the Monsoon” BBC programme series.

THINK

Talk to your family about ways you can save water in your house.  Could you get a water metre for your house? How do you think this could change your lives?

READ

  • How to Read Water by Tristan Gooley.
  • Horrible Geography- Raging Rivers.

Living World

DO

Put a shovel full of earth from your garden into a pot. Can you see all the creatures that are living in your garden? How many can you find? Create your own 3D model of an ecosystem of your choice.

SEE

  • Go to Ashridge and explore the deciduous woodland.
  • On holiday or days out, see if you can see the differences between two contrasting ecosystems.
  • Visit the: Living Rainforest in Berkshire, Kew Gardens.

WATCH

  • Countryfile 
  • ‘Blue Planet’ David Attenborough​
  • SpringWatch- BBC

THINK

How much wildlife do you have in your garden? Can you entice more wildlife into your garden? Build a bird box, a bug hotel, or feed the birds. See what a difference it can make.

READ

Horrible Geography: Bloomin’ Rainforest.
Read about the different ecosystems on the National Geographic Website.

Antartica

DO

Imagine you are an explorer like Captain Scott. Create a diary entry of your own.

SEE

Visit the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge at the University of Cambridge, to find out more about Antarctica and the expeditions to the South Pole.

WATCH

Ice Age, Happy Feet & Steve Backshall's BBC Earth series, “Deadly 60 Pole to Pole”.

THINK

Antarctica is experiencing many challenges e.g. whaling, tourism, mining. What can be done to reduce the likelihood of these challenges in the future?

READ

There is so much to read and learn:

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