Key Stage 3 – Key Stage 4Geography related careersGeography members of staff

Key Stage 3

Year 7

  • It’s your planet! – Starting at the beginning with Earths formation, and the development of life. This starting topic introduces several themes which will be returned to later in the course. These comprise volcanic activity, migration and how human and physical processes change our earth.
  • Maps and mapping – In this chapter students learn interpretation skills, and use them with a range of geographical information sources, including maps, globes and photographs. Students learn to communicate geographical evidence through maps and understand Ordnance Survey maps including using 4 and 6 figure grid references.
  • About the UK – In this topic the students learn to identify the United Kingdom, British Isles and Great Britain. Students will combine and enhance their knowledge of the UK and its human and physical features.
  • Rivers – This topic permits students to appreciate how geographical processes interrelate to create distinctive human and physical landforms which alter over time. Students also learn how humans rely on functioning natural systems through a study of hydrology.
  • Africa – This topic focuses on students extending their locational knowledge and deepening their spatial awareness of different countries and continents, using world maps to focus on Africa, its history, its environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, countries and major cities.

Year 8

  • Population – This topic develops students’ knowledge of globally important places, including Ethiopia and China. Students will learn how changes in population interacts to influence and change environments. Students examine population distribution globally and the various reasons for global differences as well as looking at the impact the population has on resources, other species and the environment.
  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS)– This topic enables students to interact with the concepts that maps can show many types of information. Layers can be used to overlay information on top of maps and correlations can be seen to highlight trends in data. This topic forms a highly applicable skill to many jobs including surveying and environmental management.
  • Coasts – During this topic students use place based examples, knowledge of key processes relating to coastal landforms and human use of coastal areas, to formulate detailed case studies. Students will look at the causes and effects of the storm surges, the role sea defences and the choices made in selected coastal protection methods.
  • Weather and Climate – This unit sallow the students to understand the key processes involved in weather and climate. Students will learn what weather is, what causes it and various key terms. Students will study key features of the UK weather by studying weather maps and symbols. The difference between weather and climate and the factors influencing climate will be explored. The unit will be finalised by looking at different climates around the world.
  • Our warming planet – Students will understand the processes that give rise to global warming, and how they bring spatial variation and change over time. Students will learn how human processes influence and change environments and the climate, and how human activity relies on effective functioning of natural systems.
  • Asia – Students will develop their knowledge of Asia, and its physical and human characteristics. Students will reinforce their knowledge of continents before moving on to focus on Asia’s countries and regions. Students will learn how to communicate geographical information, including writing at increasing lengths.
  • China – Students will continue to develop their knowledge of the world’s countries, and a region within Asia. Students will learn and understand the processes that give rise to development in Southwest China, and how these bring change over time. Students will also lean how human and physical processes interact to influence and change landscapes and environments.


End of unit tests enable a modular based assessment procedure for years 7 and 8, enable accurate tracking of students’ progress and ensuring all pupils are continually achieving their best.