KS3 Geography

At Key Stage 3 we make sure that we include a skills based QCA Curriculum for Geography. We do this through dividing the work up into interesting themed areas for each year group.

Year 7

  • What is Geography? - Introduction to human, physical and environmental Geography
  • Mapping and Making Connections - A study of where we are in the UK and other regional and local Geography, how we connect to the rest of the world.
  • Do you feel the Earth move? - A study of plate tectonics, including formation of volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis
  • Why don’t we get lost? - Map skills, including height of land, compass direction, scale, grid references. Trip to Yorkshire Sculpture Park to test skills learned.

Year 8

  • Why does the land flood? - Study of the water cycle to lead into river flooding and contributing factors.
  • Our fragile Earth - Ecosystem and biome environment study, focusing on similarities and contrasts in rainforest, desert and polar environments.
  • Weather and Climate - Weather patterns and systems that effect where we live, including a fieldwork investigation around the school.
  • Kenya and Africa - A study of countries in Africa and how they compare development-wise. The human and physical features of Kenya, including the Maasai way of life.
  • Geomorphological processes - River and glacial physical processes. Landforms created (including waterfalls, meanders, etc.) and how rivers and glaciers have shaped our land today.

Year 9

  • What on Earth are we doing? - Investigating the extent to which humans are causing rising global temperatures.
  • How the greenhouse effect is making global warming a modern day phenomenon.
  • Urbanisation - The study of settlement growth patterns and the reasons why people first settled where they did. Are land use models reliable?
  • Population - How the world has grown so rapidly to exceed 7 billion people, and will it reach 9 billion by 2050? What policies are in place to slow the rate of growth?
  • India - A land of contrasts - A study of Asian countries and how they compare development-wise. The human and physical features of India, including the Kerala region approach to controlling population growth.
  • Holiday - The rapidly growing importance of tourism to the world economy. How rich countries gain significant benefits from tourism, but also how poorer countries are joining the race for holiday visitors.