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Key Stage 3

Geography Key Stage 3 

In order to allow pupils to pursue Geography at GCSE and beyond, it is anticipated that the programme followed by your child during Key Stage 3 will be as follows.

Year 7 Topics Covered per Half Term 

Terms

Year 7

Autumn 1

 

THEME: AFRICIA

  • Water Issues
  • Development indicators
  • Indigenous tribes.

 

Autumn 2

 

  • Case Studies from developing countries
  • Fair Trade
  • Snack Attack Challenge.

Spring 1

 

THEME: WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE

RIVERS

  • Hydrological (water) cycle
  • River processes
  • Geomorphological processes
  • Upper, middle and lower course features.
  • River flooding example. 

Spring 2

 

WEATHER AND CLIMATE

  • Types of precipitation
  • Climate zones in Britain
  • Weather map symbols
  • Weather forecasting
  • Microclimate features
  • School-based fieldwork skills. 

 

Summer 1

 

THEME: RUSSIA, INCLUDING ENERGY SECURITY

ENERGY

  • Energy source: renewable and non-renewable
  • Carbon footprint. 

 

Summer 2

 

RUSSIA

  • Russia country case study
  • The Impacts of The World Cup. 

 

Year 8 Topics Covered per Half Term 

Terms  Year 8 
Autumn 1 

THEME: SKILLS UNIT ON FIELDWORK AND MAPS

THE GEOGRAPHY OF CRIME

  • Crime categories
  • GIS research on local crime statistics and locations
  • Designing out crime vs target hardening
  • Terrorism
  • School-based fieldwork skills
Autumn 2 

EXPLORING BRITAIN: MAPS AND UK IDENTITY

  • Location of shropshire 
  • OS map work
  • Scales, linear and actual distances, 4 and 6 figure grid references, compass directions and bearings.
  • Manchester (Urban case study)
Spring 1 

THEME: ASIA

ASIA – CHINA

  • Chinese dynastic history
  • Chinese economy
  • Sweatshop life
  • Chinese physical geography
  • Chinese One/Two Child Policy (anti-natalist policy)
  • Impact of an ageing population
  • Life in Tibet
Spring 2 

ASIA – INDIA

  • Indian economy
  • Indian physical geography
  • Slumdog Millionaire?
  • Shanty towns
  • Migration processes
  • Shanty towns: problems and solutions.
Summer 1 

THEME: GEOMORPHOLOGY

COASTS 

  • Coastal processes
  • Types of waves
  • Longshore drift – the process
  • Erosional landforms
  • Depositional landforms
  • Model making of Holderness coastline, Humberside
Summer 2 

GLACIATION

  • Glaciers as systems
  • Distribution of cold environments
  • Glacial processes
  • Glacial erosional landforms
  • Glacial depositional landforms
  • Sherpa culture of the Himalayas

Year 9 Topics Covered per Half Term 

Terms  Year 9
Autumn 1 

THEME: NATURAL HAZARDS

TECTONICS 

Distribution of geophysical hazards

  • Volcanoes
  • Earthquakes
  • Tsunami!
  • Case studies of developed and developing countries
  • Management and responses
Autumn 2 

TROPICAL STORMS

  • Distribution of typhoons, hurricanes and cyclones
  • Structure and formation
  • Management strategies
  • Hurricane Katrina, USA
  • Typhoon Haiyan, The Philippines
  • Comparison of case studies
Spring 1 

THEME: GLOBALISATION

Employment sectors

  • National employment structure comparison
  • Patterns of world trade
  • World Trade Game
  • Trade blocs (EU)
Spring 2 
  • The Globalisation of Fashion
  • The Globalisation of Sport
Summer 1 

THEME: OUR NATURAL WORLD

CLIMATE CHANGE

  • UK’s climatic zones
  • Geological timeline
  • What is changing?
  • Climate change processes
  • Enhanced Greenhouse Effect
  • Past megafauna and ecosystems of the Quaternary Period
  • Can we stop it?
Summer 2 

ECOSYSTEMS

  • World distribution of biomes
  • Characteristics of different biomes – tropical rainforest, grassland and hot/cold deserts
  • Adaptation of vegetation to their climate
  • Soil cycle
  • Rock cycle
  • Road Trip through Africa