KS3 Curriculum Guide - Year 9 Geography
Term 1Globalisation   
This unit focuses on the interconnections and inter-relationships that link teenage consumers living in the UK with societies and environments overseas (where the clothes and other goods they purchase are made). Students consider how these connections work – and why they have come into being. The unit introduces students to some of the moral issues that are associated with the global trade in consumer goods (including child labour and food miles).
Assessment: GCSE exam questions based on the unitKey Words and Terms
Term 2Natural Hazards 2   
Students will build on their knowledge, skills and understanding from the unit studied in Year 7. They will consider tectonics in greater depth looking at Tsunamis and a case-study of an avalanche. Additional hazards will also be considered looking at tornadoes, fire tornadoes and sinkholes.
Assessment: Exam questions based around the key topics of this unit - development, access to services, conflict and tourism.Key Words and Terms
Term 3Middle East   
The Middle East is a very interesting place to study as it has historical, geographical and religious issues to discuss. This topic will take a holistic view of this region and consider the complexity of this area.
Assessment: Written explanation of the issues in the Middle East. In the style of a 9 mark GCSE question.Key Words and Terms
Term 4China  
Students will consider the growth of China in an economic sense but also consider the environmental and social impacts. Students will learn about the rapid industrialisation of this country and the future impact of this country.
Assessment: The end of year examination is a formal test sat in exam conditions. It will consist of 3 or 4 questions from each unit studied over the course of Year 9 and will include questions where students are required to use Geographical/Scientific skills. The paper will last for 50 mins and will consist of 50 marks.Key Words and Terms
Term 5Living World - Ecosystems Part 1   
The first section of this GCSE unit. This topic covers ecosystems, food webs, inter-relationships, the impact of humans on ecosystems, local UK ecosystem and a world biome - tropical rainforests.
Assessment: GCSE exam questions including 6 and 9 mark questions.Key Words and Terms
Term 6Living World - Ecosystems Part 2   
Students study a case study of a cold environment (Alaska). They explore the characteristics of this environment, its commercial uses and the sustainable management of the area.
Assessment: GCSE Exam questions including 6 and 9 mark questions. Extended writing and discussion of issues in the cold environment.Key Words and Terms