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St Thomas More

Catholic School


Why is Geography important?

Geography enables pupils to understand the world around them and analyse the relationships between people and their environment. Environmental degradation is one of the biggest threats to human populations both in developed and developing regions. Pupils develop their sense of citizenship as well as learn how to reduce their environmental impacts.


Key Skills Required

The skills required in Year 7 are based around an understanding of place. Pupils will start by developing their map skills through a study of the city of London. Throughout the year they will develop knowledge and awareness about the impact of human activity on the natural world.   

As the Year 8 course covers a range of physical and human geography topics a wide range of skills will be developed over the year.  A keen sense of enquiry is vital to being a successful geographer, the best pupils will have a desire to look beyond the obvious and understand issues in detail.   


Topics Covered in Year 7

Number of lesson per week: 2

  • Geographical skills and settlement
  • China
  • Brazil
  • Tropical Rainforests
  • Population and migration


Topics Covered in Year 8

Number of lessons per week:  2

  • Energy
  • Development and Globalisation
  • Tectonics
  • Superpowers
  • Coasts



Pupils will receive one piece of geography homework per week which will take at least 40 minutes to complete.


Assessment Details

Pupils are assessed regularly: with 1-hour tests every half-term

Diagnostic monitoring will take place twice per half term. There will be an end of term test of course content learnt that term. 


Revision support



Reading List:

  • Geography Review (available in the library)


Key Tips for Success

  • Pupils should spend between 40 to 60 minutes on their homework. If the homework is fieldwork then data should be presented accurately. 
  • Pupils should always ask for help in areas that they are unsure of, they must ask for help with their homework in advance of the deadline.
  • Make sure that all work is presented neatly and always written in full and detailed sentences.


How can a parent help their child succeed?

  • Supervise your child’s homework.
  • Encourage your child to take an interest in current affairs by watching the news with them or reading the newspaper together.