Bishop Rawstorne Church of England Academy

Key Stage 3 Geography

Key Stage Three Geography

In Key Stage Three we aim to inspire students with the world around them. We then look to develop an understanding of the world through this inspiration. The geography department share a keen interest with the world with the students throughout their lessons in lower school.


In Geography lessons teachers use a variety of strategies to support students and ensure that students are making good progress.  Students use their whiteboards, contribute to class discussion, answer open and closed questions, use a variety of IT resources, create their own questions and engage in collaborative learning activities. 

The Faculty are focused on making the learning environment as safe and supportive as possible, where students are comfortable to make mistakes and then discuss with their peers why an answer is right or wrong.

Students are encouraged to reflect on their own work and look to improve this; they also share their ideas with others on how they can improve their work.


The department view fieldwork as an integral part of Geography so study outside of the classroom takes place every year for each year group throughout Key Stage 3.


Students produce an end of unit assessment towards the conclusion of each topic, this takes place both in lesson time and for homework.

The outcome of each assessment is recorded at the front of each exercise book on their progress record and this assessment data is used for the tracking information that is sent home each term. These and other major pieces of work are awarded one of the Foundation, Intermediate, Higher or Advanced bands.


Homework is regularly set every other week, with occasional extended pieces of homework given to develop independent research and learning skills.

Click see below for further information about the programme of study for each year group.


Year Seven

Students arrive at the age of eleven with a wide range of geographical experiences. The teaching of geography varies widely in primary schools and it is our aim for students to first understand what the subject is before looking into some geographical issues.

In year seven students study four National Curriculum topics over the course of the year. They begin by looking at what defines geography and how such a wide-ranging subject is divided into physical, human and environmental topics, before completing a set of lessons designed to improve their basic geographical skills. These include field sketching, photo analysis, map skills, grid referencing and GIS, as well as a topic on locational knowledge and regional geography. They will also study what life would be like in a completely different part of the world, how international development and aid affects us all, and then complete the year by investigating famous rivers of the world and river processes.

Year Seven Topics (three lessons a fortnight)

  • Geographical Skills
  • Locational Knowledge
  • Africa and International Development
  • River Processes


Year Eight

In year eight students build on their geographical knowledge by studying more complex National Curriculum topics, leading towards their selection of Humanities subject via the options process.


Year Eight Topics (three lessons a fortnight)

  • Urbanisation
  • Tectonics and Japan
  • Weather and Climate
  • Coastal Processes
  • Population Dynamics


Throughout Key Stage 3 as a subject area we take the students outside the classroom environment to study geography as it happens: a visit to the school grounds in Year 7 to test students map skills, and to Formby sand dunes to study coastal succession in Year 8. We also offer an enrichment Adventurous Geography course for Year 8 in early summer over a long weekend in the northern Lake District.