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Geographical knowledge is highly relevant to many of the challenges facing society and the environment today; our big question looks at some of these challenges.  You will learn specialist and transferable skills including statistical, spatial and environmental analysis. Students will learn how to critically analyse sources and data, to judge evidence and work across the social and natural sciences as well as tackling problems and examining big issues at a variety of scales and from different perspectives. 


All of our KS3 topics are based around a ‘big question’. This encourages an enquiry approach allow students to explore different geographical approaches. At Oaks Park we have a number of trips and workshops throughout the year from the UCL GeoBUS to trips to the Museum of London. We have worked with Google on Google Expedition workshops as well as entering students for a number of national competitions such as Young Geographer at the RGS and Young Town Planners. By the end of KS3, students will have a sound knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. 

Year 7

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

What skills do I need to be a successful geographer?


What does a sustainable future look like?

How is the world around us different?


Why is the River Nile so important?

Why should we protect our frozen environments?


The Almighty Dollar - where does our money go?


Year 8 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

How can ‘factfulness’ help our understanding of Africa?


What is climate change and why should we care?

Young lives - how do our lives compare to others around the world?


Why are some disasters more deadly than others?

What is the problem with plastic?


What is a superpower and who rules the world?



Exam Board: EDEXCEL A

Unit 1 -

You will have an opportunity to explore many physical geographical topics including; The changing landscapes of the UK, Weather hazards and climate change, Coasts, Rivers, Ecosystems, and biodiversity and management.

Unit 2 -

You will have an opportunity to explore many human geographical topics including; Changing Cities, Global Development and Resource Management including either energy and water management.

Unit 3 -

This unit will combine some content from Units 1 and 2 with a particular focus on UK Challenges. The unit will also provide you with an opportunity to complete an exam based on fieldwork carried out during the summer field trip.


Students will have three papers for their final GCSE exam. Throughout the course, students complete cumulative end of  unit tests after each topic and mid-term test during each unit. These will cover all units that have been studied so far. Students will also use Google Forms to complete knowledge and keywords tests through their course. 

Students are provided with relevant feedback and are given support and intervention after each test if they are not making progress in line with expectations and predictions.  

How can parents support?

  • Parents can support students by:
  • Enquiring and supporting students complete biweekly homework
  • Revise for mid-term and end of unit tests, using the revision materials provided by the Oaks Park Geography department. The department provides revisions cards and summary guides for all topics, so students and parents should have all the information they need to revise at home.
  • Parents can also attend the ‘how to help your child revise’ session which is run annually by the geography department.