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Time Allocation: Students study Geography for two 1 hour periods per week in Year 7 and one 1 hour period per week in Year 8

Grouping: Geography lessons take place in form groups

Course Content: Students will consolidate and extend their knowledge of the world’s major countries and their physical and human features. They will understand how geographical processes interact to create distinctive human and physical landscapes that change over time. In doing so, they will become aware of increasingly complex geographical systems in the world around them and develop their geographical skills through analysing and interpreting different data sources. In this way, students will continue to enrich their locational knowledge and spatial and environmental understanding.


Year 7

Year 8


Introduction to Geography: what is geography, what places we are connected to.

Map skills: finding where places are (using an atlas and using lines of longitude and latitude); 4 & 6 figure grid references, measuring distance and using scale; map symbols; understanding thematic maps of the UK.

Rivers: Understanding the main features of a river and drainage basin; the erosion and transportation processes; how landforms are formed; and the risk and management of flooding.

Rocks and Weathering: Understanding the different types of rocks and how they are formed; the rock cycle; how rocks are weathered; how rock type influences the landscape.

Population and China: are we evenly spread, what affects where we live, how does population change? The physical and human characteristics of China, life in Chongqing and Tibet and the One Child Policy.

Coasts: Types of waves,problems and benefits of tourism, coastal management.


Africa: Physical and human characteristics of the continent of Africa, focus on the countries in the Horn of Africa investigating nomads, salt mining and farming.  Comparing development indicators of the countries in the Horn with the UK

 Glaciation: Understanding of geological time scales,  glaciation processes, features of erosion and deposition and how glaciations affects us today

Development: Development indicators, factors that influence development and the development gap, and how to reduce the development gap through Fair Trade 

Living of the Earth’s Resources: The issues created by our finite resources such as water, soil and oil.

Weather and Climate: Understanding the causes of rainfall, how we measure weather.


 Our Restless Planet, Tectonics: The structure of the planet and how the plates move; how earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis are created and their effects on people.

Urbanisation and Regeneration: Looking at the growth of cities, the problems created and the solutions, focusing on the Olympic Park in London.

Earning a Living: The different sectors of employment and how these have changed, how globalisation has changed work.

The Middle East and Conflict: The causes and consequences of conflict in the region.


Formal Assessment:

A formal assessment will take place for a number of units through extended projects, presentations, group work and written assessments. 


In addition, homework will be set once a week in line with the homework timetable.  This may include undertaking research on themes currently being studied, or completing worksheets/essay style questions.



Geography in KS3 is taught by Mr Collinson (Head of Department), Mrs Record, Mr Hobbs and Ms McMahon.