Key Stage 3 Geography

In geography we help our students to develop an understanding of the complex planet that we live on and the atmosphere that surrounds it. By studying the delicate balance of interactions between humans and our natural environment, we enable students to consider how sustainable our lifestyles are and the impact that our actions have on the landscape around us.


“It's not just climate change; it's sheer space, places to grow food for this enormous horde. Either we limit our population growth or the natural world will do it for us, and the natural world is doing it for us right now.” David Attenborough

Course description

In Year 7 students start with an introduction to the subject, where we focus on developing the fundamental skills that will be used throughout the subject over the next few years, including an in depth study of OS map skills. The unit on fantastic places, helps the students to appreciate the beauty, diversity and uniqueness of different places around the globe. The natural dangers and changing nature of our planet are explored through the units of tectonics and rivers landscapes and we take our students on a trip to see geography in action outside of the classroom, towards the end of the academic year. An in depth study of Nigeria, one of the great newly emerging economies, helps the students to understand the causes and consequences of rapid urban growth.

In Year 8 students start the year with a study of coastal landscapes, with a focus on the Holderness coastline, the fastest eroding in Europe. This unit is supported by a fieldtrip to the Holderness coast, where students get a hands on opportunity to explore the reasons for this rapid erosion, as well as identifying a number of spectacular coastal features. The topic of development helps to further strengthen the students’ value of compassion, through a deep understanding of the disparities that occur around the globe. The concept of a ‘shrinking world’ is explored through the globalisation topic, where students get to appreciate the ways in which the countries around the world are all interconnected. The topical issue of climate change and the increasing extreme weather that we see around the globe, helps the students to make connections between human activities and natural hazards and the topic of population enables the students to consider the impacts and potential ways of managing a rapidly rising global population.


Pupils will be given one formal end of unit assessment each half term, which will be completed in their progress book. At least one homework each half term will also be completed in their progress books and will act as a mid-topic checkpoint, to enable us to support and extend the students’ learning further.

Ways to help my child succeed

Encourage your child to watch the news and take an interest in places that they visit. Discuss the topics they are studying in school and encourage them to read around the topic outside of school. Please don’t hesitate to contact the department for further ideas.

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