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KS3 Geography

Year 7 Units

Term 1

Introduction to Geography and Coasts

An introduction to the study of Geography and the skills involved in the subject.

Waves, tides and coastal processes and landforms. The use of the coast as a resource with the problems that erosion poses for coastal managers.

Assessment: Skills formal exam.

Term 2

Geographical Skills - Map Skills and Fieldwork

Application of skills in geography using maps, GIS and maths for geographers. 

Term 3

Population and Urbanisation

A study of the world population growth and the impact on cities.

Term 4

Weather and Climate

The differences in weather and climate across the world and why our weather varies.

Assessment: School microclimate investigation.

Term 5


A study of the different countries in Africa. Exploring the human and physical Geography variation.

Term 6


A study of the different countries in Asia. Exploring the human and physical Geography variations.

Assessment: Independent research project on country of choice.

Year 7 Key Vocabulary List

Year 8 Units

Term 1


The water cycle, processes, landforms and flooding. Opportunity for independent research.

Assessment: Independent research project.

Term 2 & 3

Reliant on Resources

Earth’s natural resources, the challenges that a growing population present. A case study of solar power in Syria.

Assessment: Formal exam.

Term 3 & 4


A study of employment with a case study of cheap fashion in Bangladesh. An investigation into the variations in development from low income developing countries to advanced countries.

Assessment: Newspaper article.

Term 4


A study of the human and physical geography of Caribbean with a focus on plate tectonics, biomes, people and development.

Assessment: Independent research project on Caribbean Island.

Term 5


An introduction to glaciation, how glaciers work and the landforms found in glacial environments.

Assessment: Formal exam.

Year 8 Key Vocabulary List

Year 9 Units

Term 1 & 2

Plate Tectonics

The fragile structure of the earth and the processes that shape it. A study of earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes and a case study of Iceland.

Assessment: Formal exam.

Term 3 & 4

Sustaining Ecosystems

Life on Earth is supported by global ecosystems and the link between human wellbeing and ecosystem wellbeing is vital. This topic seeks to explore the distribution and characteristics of the Earth’s ecological wonders. Students investigate the two contrasting ecosystems of tropical rainforests and polar environments, exploring physical cycles and processes that make these ecosystems distinctive, the threats posed to their existence and how humans are attempting to manage them for a more sustainable future.

Term 5 & 6

Dynamic Development

A study of world and global cities and the reasons for differences in urban centres across the world. Case studies of Lagos in Nigeria and London in the UK.

Year 9 Key Vocabulary List