St Bees School

KS3 Geography

KS3 Geography


Course Overview

Geography is about understanding the world’s people, places and environments. It illuminates the past, explains the present and prepares us for the future. What can be more important than that?

What Students Will Learn

Year 7

Unit 1: What is a geographer?

Unit 2: How do we use our planet as a natural resource?

Unit 3: What is an economy?

Unit 4: What is weather and climate?

Unit 5: Is the geography of Russia a curse or benefit?

Year 8

Unit 6: Why are rivers important? 

Unit 7: What is development?

Unit 8: One planet, many people: How are populations changing?

Unit 9: What happens where the land meets the sea?

Unit 10: How is Asia being transformed?

Year 9

Unit 11: Will we ever know enough about earthquakes and volcanoes to live safely?

Unit 12: What are the opportunities and challenges facing Africa?

Unit 13: How does ice change the world?

Unit 14: Why is the Middle East an important world region?

Unit 15: What is the future for the planet?

Geographical skills and fieldwork

Fieldwork and trips are an important part of Geography. You will learn how to investigate issues in the real world. 

Students will;

  • build on their knowledge of globes, maps and atlases and apply and develop this knowledge routinely in the classroom and in the field
  • interpret Ordnance Survey maps in the classroom and the field, including using grid

references and scale, topographical and other thematic mapping, and aerial and

satellite photographs

  • use Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to view, analyse and interpret places and data
  • use fieldwork in contrasting locations to collect, analyse and draw conclusions from

geographical data, using multiple sources of increasingly complex information.

Other skills and cross-curricular links

You will improve your literacy through your report writing and written work and you will also learn how to put forward your own point of view and convince others that you are right!

You will make practical use of your numeracy skills when you interpret data and construct graphs.  Your memory skills will also be boosted as you learn key memory techniques to help you remember case study information (facts and figures about places).

Such a wide variety of skills gained in Geography will be useful to you after you leave school.  These skills are highly sought after by sixth form colleges, universities and employers.

Pathways to Further Learning

Students who have studied Geography have gone on to work in the following sectors: law, science, sales, business, environment, information technology, management, finance, banking, marketing, research, manufacturing, teaching, childcare, engineering and building, arts, design and media, town planning, working abroad and many (many) more…