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Northampton School for Boys

Northampton School for Boys


KS3 Geography aims to promote curiosity within the subject through a vast range of geographical topics, with Year 7 starting with what it means to “think like a Geographer”, introducing the key skills encompassed within the Geography curriculum. Year 8 then largely focus on the physical geography that covers the current issues the world is currently facing today. In Year 9, we start to look at the more complex issues in both human and physical geography, from development to plate tectonics, broadening the scope of interest before students choose their GCSE options.

Topics covered:







Year 7

Map skills

Catchment area study


Coasts and flooding







Year 8

Weather and Climate

Climate change

Tropical storms

A world without oil

Tropical rainforests





Year 9


Plate tectonics


For more information, please see the link GCSE specification:

GCSE Geography

In Year 10 and 11 we follow the GCSE Edexcel B course.

This course includes both aspects of human and physical geography, split across three papers:

Paper 1 – Global Geographical Issues

Paper 2 – UK Geographical Issues

Paper 3 – People and Environment Issues (Making Geographical Decisions)

The course follows on from topics at KS3, allowing greater breadth and depth to be explored. Looking at the physical and human processes and interactions between people and the environment to consider key contemporary global geographical issues.

Topics covered:

Paper 1 Paper 2 Paper 3

Hazardous Earth

Development dynamics

Challenges of an urbanising world

Coastal change and conflict

River processes and pressures

Dynamic UK cities

Geographical investigations

People and the biosphere

Forests under threat

Consuming energy resources

The Geography Team

Mrs T. O'Neill - Curriculum Team Leader
Mr T. Barfoot
Ms C. Alderson
Mr W. McAteer
Miss C. Aiken

Northampton School for Boys, Billing Road, Northampton, NN1 5RT
01604 230240