KS3 Geography



Students study the National Curriculum in years 7, 8 and 9.  The course is divided into five/six modules which cover a range of both physical and human topics from the local to the international scale and reflect the breadth of the subject. 

We live in a world of amazing beauty, infinite complexity and rigorous challenge. Geography is the subject which opens the door to this dynamic world and prepares student for the role of global citizen in the 21st century. Through studying geography students begin to appreciate how places and landscapes are formed, how people and environments interact, what consequences arise from our everyday decisions, and what a diverse range of cultures and societies exist and interconnect.

Geography is a subject which builds on young people’s own experiences, helping them to formulate questions, develop their intellectual skills and find answers to issues affecting their lives. It introduces them to distinctive investigative tools such as maps, fieldwork and the use of powerful digital communication technologies. It opens their eyes to the beauty and wonder around them and acts as a source of inspiration and creativity. More than this, it ensures that they appreciate the complexity of attitudes and values which shape the way we use and misuse the environment. Through geography, people learn to value and care for the planet and all its inhabitants.

Student progress is assessed regularly through modular assessments and they complete a Geography ILP.  All assessment use grades linked to the National Curriculum levels.

Year 7

In Year 7 students begin by developing their geographical fieldwork skills and decision making capabilities through fieldwork based around the schools amazing locality.  This leads onto investigating global and national patterns with regards to weather and climate and the human and physical changes that are and have occurred over time.  Students also have the opportunity to investigate one of fastest developing countries in the world; China and how this development has an impact upon them.  Students complete the year by looking at coastal environments and the associated tourism activities that emerge as a result of these distinctive landscapes. 

Year 8

In Year 8 students further develop their understanding of geographical processes by looking at ecosystems at a local and global scale.  Students will be introduced to some of the most amazing geographical landscapes on earth and investigate how these have developed over time.  There is an investigation into the continent of Africa and the variety of different landscapes and peoples that live here.  This will develop their understanding of differing cultures and how these compare to their own.  In addition to this there will be a focus upon the world dominating city of London and an investigation into where our food really comes from.  In Year 8 students will build on their learning in Year 7 and take their learning to a higher level.  They are expected to express their views using more detail and evidence and be able to communicate their understanding of Geography in a more specific manner.  Students will continue to learn and practice skills in Geography such as map work, understanding and explaining why places and environments occur as they do and decision making activities based on peoples differing opinions on issues.

Year 9

In Year 9 students take a more in depth look at specific topics to prepare them for GCSE Geography.  Students are unable to study every possible topic at GCSE so students have the opportunity to be introduced some of the exciting topics that form part of the current A Level specifications.  This includes looking at patterns of crime at both a local and global scale and how geographers work to bring this information together.  They will also study the topic of conflict and disease which really tests their decision making skills.  Other more traditional topics such as plate tectonics and rivers are studied in preparation for their GCSE Studies.  Students will continue to develop skills learnt in the previous years while practicing extended writing skills to prepare them for exam questions.  Students will also be encouraged to think about sustainable solutions to problems identified throughout the year.

For more information about the Geography curriculum, please contact Neil Gretton -

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