Please see below some information about the course covered during Years 7 & 8. 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. 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


Summary of Years 7 & 8

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