Overview of Key Stage 3 Curriculum
Throughout Years I-III we offer a range of topics which are both stimulating and relevant to the girls’ experiences. Topic areas include both human and physical Geography topics: settlement, agriculture, weather and climate, coasts, rivers, population, ecosystems, aid and development, hazards, tourism and global manufacturing. We also develop girls’ skills with both maps and atlases.
We cover a range of scales from local examples such as York’s land use and coastal erosion along Holderness to global case studies such as Philippines and Typhoon Haiyan. We recognise that girls often have a wealth of geographical experience through travel both overseas and at home and we encourage them to bring their wider knowledge into the classroom to share with others. The dynamic nature of Geography means we approach some elements of the course with a degree of flexibility, always open to using new examples that appear in the news so we can be as up-to-date as possible.
What makes the department unique from those at other schools?
The Geography department at QM is a robust and active area of school. Across all school years, the department works diligently to maintain an active schedule of field work trips to locations both local and further afield to encourage the girls to further develop their understanding and skills sets related to the subject.
The department also maintains a twitter account, @QMGeography.