KS3 Geography

KS3 Geography at Nottingham Free School

Our ambition is to give students a broad understanding and curiosity of our world. Pupils shall be able to analyse both people and the natural environment. We aim to develop individual geographical skills and knowledge of the pupils so that they can make informed decisions on the world and events around them. Please see the relevant year groups below to see what we study at Nottingham Free School.


Year 7

Autumn Term 1: Introduction to Geography - Here we learn key geographical skills such as compass directions, how to read an Ordnance Survey map and the difference between human and physical geography.

Autumn Term 2: Nottinghamshire's Physical Geography - Here we learn why Nottinghamshire looks the way it does now, how the River Trent works and how we can prevent and reduce the threat of rivers flooding.

Spring Term 1: Nottinghamshire's Human Geography - Here we learn about Nottinghamshire's cultural mix, we study Nottingham's famous businesses and how Nottingham is becoming a more sustainable city.

Spring Term 2: South America Part 1 - We study why some countries and cities are poor and how we can change this/ develop these areas to make them more equal. In addition, we study the rainforests and the Andes mountains.

Summer Term 1: South America Part 2 - We study development indicators to compare the development in South America. In addition, we learn how Transnational Corporations can reduce the development gap and decide whether or not these TNCs are good or bad for host countries.

Summer Term 2: Learning and applying key geographical skills from an investigation conducted at Highfields University Park.


Year 8

Autumn Term 1: Africa - Here we learn about the opportunities and challenges found in some parts of Africa including topics such as Sudan, Blood Diamonds and Somalian piracy.

Autumn Term 2: Risky World Part 1 - We study the threats of tectonic hazards such as earthquakes and volcanoes on people and learn how our planet changes with tectonic plate movements and convection currents.

Spring Term 1: Risky World Part 2 - Here we study atmospheric hazards such as tropical storms, the causes and impacts of wildfires, extreme weather in the UK and tornadoes.

Spring Term 2: Antarctica - We learn about the special and unique environment of Antarctica. We will be able to evaluate the uses, threats and management of this cold environment.

Summer Term 1: South America Part 3 - Here we study South America's physical geography and the tectonic processes that have formed the continent over thousands of years. In addition, we study the unique environment of the Atacama desert, copper mines in Chile and colonial and slavery history.

Summer Term 2: Asia - We learn about Asian population pressures including the impact of China's One Child Policy. The importance and environmental health of the river Ganges, sea level rises in Bangladesh, the worlds biggest city Tokyo, the threat of Tsunamis and Japanese car culture.


Year 9

Autumn Term 1: Sense of Place - We learn how "space" and "place" are created and how exogenous and endogenous factors influence this. Furthermore we compare and contrast our local community of Sherwood with the globally important city of Mecca.

Autumn Term 2: Urbanisation - Here we study why the worlds cities are getting larger everyday and the reasons for this. Furthermore we learn about Megacities and how they can become more sustainable in the future.

Spring Term 1: Coasts - Here we study the unique and special processes that form our ever changing coastlines including: our beaches, sandunes and other landforms such as wave-cut platforms and spits.

Spring Term 2: Resource Security Part 1 - We learn about natural resources, where they are found and how they can cause problems in our world. Here we study the process of fracking and also micro-hydro schemes.

Summer Term 1: Resource Security Part 2 - Here we study energy efficiency on different scales, how nuclear power works and the truth about the environmental impact of solar panels and wind turbines. Furthermore we study the issues of water including a case study of Mexico city which faces problems with its water supplies.

Summer Term 2: Economic Futures of the UK - We learn about how the UK's economy is changing, how we can make industry more sustainable, the north-south divide and debate whether or not Heathrow should get a new runway.

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