KS3 Geography

Year 7

Students will first investigate the differences between human, physical and environmental geography whilst developing their skills as “Geography Detectives”.

Following this, students commence a unit of study entitled “Active Earth”; this covers volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis incorporating causes and effects. An important geographical skill is to be able to read maps and these skills are covered in the next unit.

Moving on, students will develop their basic “map skills” and increase their understanding of coastal processes.

Finally they will look at a country case study of Russia, followed by the Geography of Sport and some Fantastic places.

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Geography detective

Active earth


Map skills





Fantastic places

Year 8

Students are then introduced to the fascinating biome of the “Tropical Rainforest” in which they discover what these interesting places are like, including how some plants and animals have adapted to the tough environment before debating whether rainforests are worth saving.

Students then complete a country case study of Brazil.

Next students study a unit titled “Local Actions, Global Effects” where they engage with topical global issues such as global warming, the energy crisis and Antarctica.

Students will then develop an understanding of the key processes and concepts associated with rivers and flooding.

To finish the year coasts and “tourism” will be covered in which students get to find out about some interesting tourism hotspots!

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3


Local Actions

Global Effects



Year 9

Students begin the year studying a new topic Weather and climate, where they will larna bout the basic meteorological process that affect all humans on earth.

Next Development and Fairtrade. They explore the different levels of development across the world and compare LEDC and MEDC’s. They then study trade, and whether it is fair across the world.

Students then go onto study “Global Fashion”, focussing on Transnational Corporations. They will evaluate who the winners and losers are of global fashion in terms, focussing on different groups of people and different places.

Global Superpowers is the third topic of the year which allows students to focus on China. They will compare and develop detailed knowledge about the economy, culture, population and society.

Students then study Africa: A diverse continent, where they develop their knowledge of the continent; exploring its environments and ecosystems, and analysing the similarities and differences between people and their cultures.

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Weather and climate

Development and Fairtrade (short)


Fashion and globalisation




Homework: Research tasks, project work, extended questions, preparation for controlled assessment tasks, practical tasks.

Other Useful Information

5 ways I can help my son/daughter


Read and discuss newspaper articles about the topic studied.


Ask students to explain why natural disasters take place.


Help them prepare for assessments or essays.


Give them time to revise and test learnt knowledge.


Record and watch geographical documentaries.