Geography at Key Stage 3

In Year 7 pupils look at both physical Geography – the physical world, made by Mother Nature – and human geography – the study of humans and the world we create. Pupils will begin their Geography studies by looking at the weather and climate – why does it rain? Why are temperatures different around the UK? What is climate change and how does it affect us? They will turn to the topic of rivers: the different parts of a river from source to mouth; landforms; flooding and management.   The next topic is population, which focuses on where people live in the world, why some areas are more populated than others, and other interesting aspects of human geography. Pupils will then move back to physical Geography and the fascinating topic of hazards. These include both atmospheric (for example hurricanes) and tectonic (volcanoes and earthquakes) hazards. Pupils will use real life case studies to investigate the power of nature and the devastating effects these hazards can have. The skills used and developed in year 7 form an important basis for the study of Geography throughout the Academy and especially for those students contemplating choosing Geography at GCSE level.

In Year 8 students continue to develop their skills in both Human and Physical Geography. They will start the year by looking at coasts – waves, processes, landforms and management. This is a particularly interesting and enjoyable topic for the pupils - after all, we are an island nation with over 11,000 miles of coastline! The next topic is again physical Geography, as pupils look at the Living world – ecosystems and tropical rainforests. Pupils learn about the importance and biodiversity of rainforests – over half of all species live in rainforests and the Amazon rainforest alone produces 20% of the world’s oxygen!

Next pupils will turn to a Human Geography topic – Urbanisation. In this unit pupils will discover where in the UK and which areas around the world have high populations living in towns and cities, the reasons why and the effects of these high urban populations. Pupils will look at some of the world’s largest cities – megacities like Tokyo and Mumbai with over 10 million people! The next topic is Cold Environments, focusing on Antarctica. This is a fascinating part of the world with no permanent indigenous populations, yet is very important for many environmental reasons and for scientific research, mineral extraction and tourism. Pupils will consider whether the area should be developed or left preserved for future generations.

Pupils complete their Key Stage 3 Geography studies by developing their Geographical Skills, such as fieldwork and map-reading skills and by analysing graphs, maps and charts. These are essential skills for young Geographers which will stand them in good stead for both their GSCE studies and their wider lives.

Head of Department: Mr P Bocking

Head of Department:  Mr P Bocking

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Rushden Academy

Rushden Academy

01933 350391


KS3 Head of Years

Head of Year 7 - Mrs K Monkman

Head of Year 8 - Mr C Smith

KS4 Head of Years

Head of Year 9 - Mrs S Finney

Head of Year 10 - Mr S Harris

Head of Year 11 - Mrs A Gurnham

KS5 Head of Year

Head of Year 12 & 13 - Mr P Chapman

Deputy Head of Year 12 & 13 - Mrs A Owen

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