Geography Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3 Geography

Year 7

In year 7 students are introduced to geography through schemes of learning that develop skills, knowledge and understanding of major themes that form part of a geographical enquiry.

  1. Introduction to Geography (Students explore the nature of physical and human geography, considering the themes geographers are concerned with and explore some of the key physical and human features of the UK)
  2. Map Skills (Students create their own map over a series of lessons that consider themes such as direction, map symbols, 4/6-figure-grid referencing and contours)
  3. Location (Students examine physical and human features and processes of various locations through a ‘passport journey’ of the world)
  4. Africa (Students explore how their own lives – living in 21st Century Britain – are influenced by the people, industries, resources and processes of the African continent)
  5. The School Environment (Students are introduced to fieldwork techniques by assessing the local school environment, focusing on evidence collection, risk analysis and data analysis)

Year 8

Students use the skills, knowledge and understanding of geography developed in year 7 to tackle some of the major enquiries geographers make in the world today.  These enquiries comprise of themes in both physical and human geography.

  1. Coasts and Rivers
  2. Tourism
  3. Industry and Natural Resources
  4. Population and Migration
  5. Weather and Climate
  6. Natural Hazards

Year 9

Year 9 students begin GCSE Geography* (currently following the AQA specification).

Students will be introduced to the following themes:

  1. Ecosystems
  2. The UK Landscapes
  3. The Changing Economic World

Throughout these topics, students will develop skills associated with:

  • Fieldwork (hypotheses, primary and secondary evidence, risk  analysis, sampling, data collection and reaching justified conclusions)
  • Cartography (atlases, globes, OS maps, maps in association with photographs)
  • Data Analysis (numerical, graphical and statistical skills)

*Note, students either opt to study GCSE History or GCSE Geography in year 9.

How will KS3 Geography prepare my child for life in modern Britain?

  • Explores the issues of living in rural and urban areas of the UK.
  • Investigates the current housing shortage we have in the UK.
  • Evaluates the impact trade has on the UK’s development.
  • Develops an understating of globalisation on the impact it has on us as British citizens.
  • Investigates the impact natural disasters have in British people.
  • Develops an understanding of how Climate change will affect the UK.
  • Makes student aware of how the UK fits in with Europe and the wider world.


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