Key Stage 3 Geography
A range of themes are explored, which enables pupils to discuss and develop their ideas through a number of key topics and questions.
Skills Developed

A range of skills are developed throughout KS3 Geography by the following Key Performance Indicators:

  • Develop and demonstrate geographical skills in the classroom (map and atlas work)
  • Develop and extend their competence in a range of skills (Different scale maps, interpretation of data, measuring maps/distances)
  • Develop and extend their knowledge of geographical materials/text
  • Gain understanding of the interactions between people and environments
  • Select, and adapt a variety of skills to complete an individual enquiry
  • Apply geographical skills during fieldwork
  • Conduct a field work enquiry to collect, analyse and draw conclusions from geographical data
  • Apply geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to real world context, including fieldwork

Year 7

Key Topics Covered

Passport to Geography

  • What is Geography?
  • Global environments
  • Geological periodic table
  • Globes, atlas maps, latitude and longitude

Exploring Yorkshire

  • Countries of the British Isles
  • Counties of England
  • Learn and locate the names of the Yorkshire Dales
  • Explore the site and situation of Skipton and integrate OS map skills
  • Fieldwork Skipton – to investigate the function of Skipton High Street

Watery World

  • Rivers of the world and UK
  • Features of a river
  • Interpreting OS maps/river basins

African Adventure

  • Exploring rich and poor countries/regions
  • Physical features of Africa
  • Satellite and topographic maps

Independent Enquiry

  • How much water do I use at home?
  • Independent primary data collection, method, presentation and analysis

A UK road trip

  • Exploring regional differences and UK cities

Year 8

Key Topics Covered

In year 8 students are able to learn and investigate:

Amazing Places

  • New Zealand and Iceland
  • Explore the topics of plate tectonics
  • Types of Volcanoes
  • Causes, effects and management of earthquakes
  • An introduction to glaciers
  • Natural landscapes and tourism

Awesome Asia

  • China and India
  • Explore the physical and human geography
  • Similarities and differences between rich and poor regions
  • Changing Asia – impact on world
  • Growth of India
  • Complete an independent enquiry on either China/India/Russia

A Threatened World

  • Distribution and features of the world’s biomes
  • Tropical Rainforest features– Brazil/SE Asia
  • Climate, ecosystem, soils and nutrient cycling
  • Human activity and impact on environment, climate change
  • Sustainable approaches to managing the rainforest

An Introduction to Geographical Information Systems

  • What is GIS?
  • Using digital maps
  • Mapping social and economic data
  • How GIS can help monitor coastal and river flooding

How Effective is our Recycling?

  • Complete an independent/school-based enquiry about recycling
  • Evaluate the impact of landfill sites
  • Impact of global warming
  • How can we reduce plastic waste?

Changing Coastlines

  • Famous global coastlines
  • Contrasting UK coastlines
  • Coastal landforms
  • Coastal defenses and management
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How is This Subject Assessed?

Pupils are continually assessed through a range of strategies including, extended writing, peer assessment and formalise tests. Specific unit assessments are completed to enable pupils to monitor their own progress against their target grades.

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