In Key Stage 3, the course aims to build upon the Key Stage 2 curriculum, enabling the students to think more like a geographer and use the knowledge they gain to explain why we live on a dynamic and fragile planet. The fundamentals of geography in our curriculum can be split into key issues such as population growth, environmental management, globalisation, sustainability, physical processes and climate issues, all of which are covered at KS3 through units such as urbanisation, migration, economic activities, rivers and coasts, extreme weather and ecosystems. Throughout the key stage, knowledge is developed and used to make judgments and explanations, which are supported by evidence from case examples, selected to be relevant to the students presently, in the future and in locational context (Flooding in C-l-S, the growth of C-l-S and School microclimates study).
At Key Stage 4, students look to build on the skills developed at Key Stage 3, so that they can use the breadth of knowledge and skills acquired to apply understanding to new and unseen case examples. There is a need to take a more critical look at responses and the management of issues to be able to draw substantiated and independent conclusions based upon a wide breadth of knowledge and understanding. The case studies chosen, build upon the knowledge from KS3 with increased depth through the analysis and evaluation of the issues and to start to develop possible solutions to some of the key issues raised in the KS3 and KS4 curriculum.