Geography - Key Stage 3

Geography is one of the humanities subjects.

The study of geography stimulates an interest in, and a sense of wonder, about places. It helps young people make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world. It explains where places are, how places and landscapes are formed, how people and the environment interact, and how a diverse range of economies, societies and environments are all interconnected. It builds on students' own experiences to investigate places on all scales, from the personal to the global.


Programme of Study

Year 7

  • Introduction to Geography: Map Skills
  • Natural hazards
  • Ecosystems
  • Issue evaluation – Tropical rainforest

Year 8

  • Water Cycle, Rivers and Flooding
  • Cities in contrasting parts of the World – Rio de Janerio and New York.
  • Cold Climates: Antarctica, Glaciation and Climate Change
  • Issue evaluation & local fieldwork investigation.

Year 9

  • Coastal environments – Human and physical interactions.
  • Economic development
  • Managing resources
  • Issue evaluation – Resource management and onsite fieldwork (Microclimate)

Students learn about these topics on local, regional, national, international and global scales and in different parts of the world. Students will be encouraged to engage in geographical enquiry, including questioning, investigation and critical thinking about issues affecting the world and people’s lives, now and in the future. Fieldwork is an essential element of this. Students learn to think spatially and use maps, visual images and new technologies, including geographical information systems (GIS), to obtain, present and analyse information. Geography inspires students to become good citizens by exploring their own place in the world, their values and their responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet.