Please see below some information about the course covered during Key Stage 3. You will also find a minimum expected standards booklet in a hyperlink below. Inside this booklet you will find a summary of all the knowledge and skills that the academy expects your child to master in this subject by the end of the year. These are the minimum standards that we set for all students. If your child achieves this, they should be on track to achieve at least a grade 5/6 in your GCSE in year 11. During each half-term your child will have regular ‘learning checks to assess how well they are progressing against the expected standards. If they do not reach the expected standard in any of these checks, they should be seeking help from their teacher regarding the best possible steps. Teachers will also be sharing with students examples of how to go beyond the expected standards and providing additional challenge.

Minimum Expected Standards Geography Year7

Minimum Expected Standards Geography Year 8


KS3 Summary

At KS3 pupils will study a variety of human and geography topics in order to stimulate an interest and understanding of the world around us. In physical geography, pupils will be learning about plate tectonics, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, rivers, rainforests and desert environments. To accompany this, pupils will be tackling contemporary human environments with a focus on, development, trade, globalisation, migration and life in cities.

Throughout the topics pupils will develop a series of key geographical skills in order to help them reach the high levels of geographical understanding; reading maps, presenting data, making sketches, labeling photographs and identifying patterns. It is through these skills that the department aims to develop geographers capable of describing, explaining and evaluating the impacts that the natural world has upon human activity, and the roles that humans play in the changing face of the natural world.

Year 7 Units of Study

  • My local place
  • Fantastic Places
  • Risky World – volcanoes
  • Africa: continent of contrast
  • Wild water
  • Geography fieldwork

Year 8 Units of Study

  • Tourism
  • Connected world
  • Risky World – Earthquakes
  • Challenging cities
  • Blue Planet
  • Sustainable Futures


Delete the below

Year 9

Half Term 1: The Living World: introduction to ecosystems and a study into the rainforests

Half Term 2: The Living World: A study into deserts

Half Term 3: Resource Management: The management of food, energy and water in the UK

Half Term 4: Resource Management: The management of global water supply.

Half Term 5: Physical Landscapes in the UK: Rivers

Half Term 6: Physical Landscapes in the UK: Coasts

Year 10

Half Term 1: Natural Hazards: Tectonic hazards

Half Term 2: Natural Hazards: Weather hazards and climate change

Half Term 3: Changing Urban environments: Opportunities and challenges in Rio De Janeiro

Half Term 4: Changing Urban environments: Opportunities and challenges in London

Half Term 5: Economic Change: Economic Change in Nigeria

Half Term 6: Economic Change: Economic Change in the UK

Year 11

Half Term 1: Fieldwork investigation and geographical skills for paper 3

Half Term 2: Fieldwork investigation and geographical skills for paper 3

Half Term 3: Pre-released issues evaluation for paper 3

Following this there will be in class revision prior to the exams.