Geography at KS3 teaches students knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments. Pupils will develop an understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes and the formation of landscapes and environments. 

Year 7 

After completing a baseline assessment, pupils in Year 7 will study;

  • Mapping Our World

In this topic, pupils will develop locational knowledge, including the physical and human characteristics of places.

  • Map Skills 

Pupils will learn to interpret Ordnance Survey maps through studying the local area. 

  • Rivers and Flooding 

Pupils will understand key physical processes linked to hydrology.  They will study recent and historical flooding disasters and their management. 

  • World Cities 

In this topic, pupils will study urbanisation and its impact on people and places in both high and low income countries. Pupils will look at case studies to discover how cities can be managed sustainably. 

  • Extreme Weather 

Pupils will learn how weather systems are responsible for extreme weather events; such as droughts, heat waves, hurricanes and snowstorms. Year 7 pupils will also develop their enquiry skills through a local microclimate study which involves; collecting, analysing, presenting and concluding geographical data. 

Year 8 
  • Mapping Issues 

In this topic, students will build on their locational knowledge and learn about recent global events.

  • World Biomes 

Pupils will study contrasting environmental regions and understand how climate, rocks and soil effect the flora and fauna of an ecosystem.  The tropical rainforest biome will be studied in more detail to learn how human influences, such as deforestation can impact upon ecosystems. 

  • Population 

Pupils will learn how the global distribution of people is influenced by a variety of physical factors. They will also study the factors that affect birth and death rates and the contrasts in levels of development within a country. Pupils will learn new geographical skills, such as how to analyse Census data and how to draw and interpret population pyramids. Pupils will also look at the demographic transition model to understand how population changes over time. 

  • Tectonics

Pupils will look at the theory of plate tectonics and how physical landscapes were created through these processes.  Pupils will understand how and why earthquakes and volcanoes occur, along with the impacts of hazards on people and places. 

  • Migration 

In this topic, pupils will look at the reasons people migrate through a variety of
push-and-pull factors and how migration impacts on people and places. 

Year 9 
  • Mapping Our World

Pupils will build on their location knowledge by studying recent local, national and global events. Pupils will study four North African countries and compare and contrast geographical issues and features with India.

  • Crime and Conflict 

In this topic, pupils will develop their geographical skills through the use of Ordnance Survey maps.  They will use GIS to describe the patterns and trends associated with crime in the local area, and understand how land use impacts on our social environment.  Pupils will conduct a local enquiry based on a research question of their choice. 

  • Coasts 

Pupils will study coastal processes and understand how and why our coast is constantly changing.  Pupils will gain an insight into coastal erosion, flooding and its management, recognising issues such as conflict and sustainability. 

  • Development 

Pupils will look at countries of contrasting levels of development to gain an insight into the primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary job roles within countries.  They will look at how development is measured and understand why development is so uneven across the world. 

  • Tourism 

Pupils will look at different locations around the world to discover why they are attractive to tourists.  They will study the Butler’s Model to understand how tourist resorts change over time.