Geography is the study of the earth’s landscapes, peoples, places and environments. It is, quite simply, about the world in which we live. Geography is unique in bridging the social sciences (human geography) with the natural sciences (physical geography).

Geography puts this understanding of social and physical processes within the context of places and regions – recognising the great differences in cultures, political systems, economies, landscapes and environments across the world, and the links between them. Understanding the causes of differences and inequalities between places and social groups underlie much of the newer developments in human geography.

Geography provides an ideal framework for relating other fields of knowledge. It is not surprising that those trained as geographers often contribute substantially to the applied management of resources and environments.

Course Overview

What are we Studying?

Year 9 pupils study the following topics over the course of the year. Geography is taught in mixed ability groups and students have three Geography lessons per fortnight.

  • Autumn Term
    • Flooding in Britain
    • Global Warming
    • Nature’s Fury
  • Spring Term
    • World development and trade
  • Summer Term
    • World Population & Migration
      Pupils study the distribution of people across the world and the reasons for rapid population growth. Pupils learn about the Demographic Transition model, about population pyramids and are encouraged to apply the knowledge that they have learnt in lessons to investigate some of the problems connected to rapid population growth around the world. The topic finishes with pupils investigating China as a case study of population change.

Learning Skills

During Year 9 in Geography we have a particular aim to develop students’ skills of independent enquiry, creative thinking, self-manager, group work and effective participation. Homework tasks are intended to support students in the development of these areas where appropriate.

Extension Activities

  • Keep up-to-date with current affairs.
  • Keep looking at your environment.
  • Watch relevant TV programmes.


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Home Learning Policy

In Year 9 students have three lessons of Geography a fortnight. Homework is intended to extend and develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the topics covered during lessons. A substantial homework will be set for students once every 4 weeks.

Homework Includes

  • Research of a particular topic (information found should be written in students own words and not simply copy and pasted from the internet).
  • Creative tasks such as designing posters or leaflets.
  • Decision-making.
  • Revision for tests.
  • Extended writing such as a speech or letter.
  • Reflective questions.
  • Acting upon advice given to make improvements to assessed work.

Homework Assessments

What extra work could I do to help me understand this topic better?

Looking out for articles related to population in the news:

  • Migration issues
  • Ageing population / the ‘demographic time bomb’
  • Pension debates

Year Plan

Assessment date Topics to be assessed
1st half term Flooding
2nd half term Global Warming
3rd half term Nature’s Fury
4th half term Levels of Development
5th half term Globalisation
6th half term Population and migration