Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3 Geography

Geography students at Key Stage 3 follow a varied and engaging curriculum in Year 7 and 8 and Year 9, which is a bridging year between Key Stage 3 and GCSE Geography. Students are given the opportunity to experience both physical and human Geography at local, regional and global scales through studying the following topics:

Year 7

  • Location, Location, Location
  • Diversity of Global Landscapes and Cultures 
  • Which Physical Processes Shape our Planet?
  • Planet Management
  • Young Geographer of the Year Competition (set annually by the Royal Geographical Society)

Year 8

  • What is the Geography of Disease?
  • Climate and Global Warming
  • Urban Regeneration and the Regeneration of Stratford
  • The Geography of Sport - Can you ever have a level playing field?
  • What is the Geography of my favourite place?
  • Young Geographer of the Year Competition (set annually by the Royal Geographical Society)

Year 9

  • Our Divided World
  • Volcanic Hazards
  • Our Global Community
  • What is the Geology of the UK?
  • Should a road be built through the Peruvian rainforest?
  • Geographical Skills

Throughout Key Stage 3 there is a large emphasis on developing extended writing and encouraging analytical and interpretative skills. At the County High we view fieldwork as a vital aspect of the Key Stage 3 Geography curriculum. Students undertake fieldwork in the local area to explore Saffron Walden’s connections to the rest of the world and visit Canary Wharf and the Olympic Park to investigate urban regeneration and Olympic Legacy. Towards the end of Year 9, students will develop and use a range of Geographical skills which will prepare them for GCSE Geography.