KS3 Geography Curriculum Map 2014 – 2015



Year 7


Year 8



Where on earth are we?

Basics of continents, oceans, satellite imagery, GIS

5 W’s. Questioning our world.

Map skills. Sketch maps.

Ass’t - Passport to Geography – (revised)


Investigating each of the BRIC’s

-          Where are they?

-          How have they risen to this status?

-          What do they have in their country to help?

Ass’t – How can the Amazon be used to continue Brazil’s development


Fantastic places

Begin with Cheddar Gorge (trip) and other UK/Europe based ‘fantastic places’)

Moving on to world landscapes (RGS site). Rock, ice, human landscapes too – Dubai etc?

Ass’t - “Landscape in a box” with accompanying factsheet

Wild weather

Meteorology basics – hyd cycle etc

Data collection (local fieldwork) and presentation

Tornado Alley


Tropical Cyclones

UK low pressure systems

Ass’t – newspaper article



Third Rock from the Sun

Geology and rocks (links to fantastic places & could use some as examples)

Weathering, erosion (Water, air, glaciation etc) and associated landforms. Could bring in Dinton gravel pits (peri-glacial Thames Valley?)

Ass’t - test

Crime and conflict

Crime hotspots (map zone GIS) for local crime stats – map work

Local fieldwork – questionnaires & presentation

-          Blood diamonds

-          The Heroin trail

-          Piracy & choke points

Ass’t -


Africa is not a Country!

Initial stereotypes and images

Cross section North to South – lines of latitude to cover: Biomes, tectonics, countries, major cities, cultures.

Development levels – reasons for variations between countries and compared to the UK.

Ass’t – factfile of a named country (writing frame for LowAb)

Frozen planet

Arctic and Antarctica and mountains

Similarities and differences

Ice sheets and glaciers – current issues/climate change

Survival in these areas – flora and fauna

Ass’t – design an animal to survive extreme cold



Bodies and buildings

Urban landscapes in UK and beyond

Where do we all live?

 Population density & distribution. Population change (migration & natural change)

Mega cities & shanty towns.

Settlement shapes – map work

Ass’t – choose a site from a variety of options and justify.

Resourcing the Planet

Fossil fuels – where do they come from (geological time)

Why can’t we depend on them in the future?

Climate change – natural or man-made?

Alternatives to fossil fuels

Ass’t – group presentation on their allocated alternative fuel


Risky World

Investigate 3 main tectonic hazards:

Mapping locations (long and lat practice) and plate boundaries.

How each boundary works and associated hazards

Impacts of such hazards – case studies

Compare between high and low income countries

Ass’t – newspaper article outlining the causes, effects and responses of a natural tectonic hazard.

From source to mouth...

River processes and landforms

World waterfalls

GIS – track rivers from source to mouth and describe route

Drainage basin

Why do rivers flood & a variety of real examples

Ass’t – how can we protect ourselves from the flood risk?


NB: Every unit has the opportunity for locational knowledge to be reinforced, map skills to be practiced, primary fieldwork and secondary research to be undertaken.