Category Archives: Key Stage 3 Geography

Geography information for Years 7, 8 and 9 (11-14 year olds)

Geography is Beautiful

Look at this beautiful lavahose from Big Island Hawaii

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How Wolves make rivers meander less

This is ace. Wolves were introduced back to Yellowstone National Park 70 years after they were last there. As a result the whole ecosystem was altered.

We often bang on in lessons about linking ideas together and how in real life there are so many knock on effects. Well have a look at this video and see for yourself

More wolves means less deer (especially in the valley floors where they are easier to hunt down).

Less deer means less grazing. Less grazing means vegetation can grow more.

More vegetation means less soil erosion. Less soil erosion means less material in the rivers.

But more vegetation on the valley floors also means more stable river banks. More stable river banks means straighter rivers in places.

The animals the vegetation the ecosystem and the rivers are all interlinked

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Filed under Geography, Landscapes, Managing rivers, Meanders Ox Bow lakes, river landforms, Uncategorized, Water on the Land

year 8: Great Barrier Reef under threat


This is a excellent chance for you to write an REALLY intelligent piece of geography. Firstly you need to be clear which focus you are aiming for:

  • Focus 1 best suits those who are on a level 3 or level 4
  • Focus 2 best suits those who are on a level 5
  • Focus 3 best suits those who are on a level 6 or 7

Of course you can choose the one you want BUT if you choose too high or too low you may not do so well today firstly here is a powerpoint that has all the information you need about each of the threats to the GBR details of threats to GBR Secondly here is the guide and checklist that will help you write a good piece of work checklists and how to write well   Finally for any teachers out there here also is the lesson on a powerpoint and self assessment guide for pupils teacher powerpoint

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Filed under Geography, Great Barrier Reef, Key Stage 3 Geography, Oceans

year 7:Re-Using is better than Recycling

Over half term I was going to take a broken wardrobe to the tip and recycle it. I thought this is a good thing to do. But when preparing this lesson I had a different idea: the wardrobe didn’t make it to the tip, instead I took out the draws, the back and the runners. I took it to the garden laid it down flat and filled it with compost. Hey presto! A raised bed 🙂

wardrobe as a raided bed

But I don’t re-use that often: Here is a powerpoint for you to look at for your lesson.

Lesson 6 – reusing plastic bottles

Look at some of the ways the plastic bottle is being recycled. Choose at least 3 that you like and explain how each one benefits the people who are doing the recycling and their lives. Think about their wealth, their cmofort, their happiness, their food their families and anything else you may think may be impacted by the re-using. you could write this out in a paragraph using connectives or draw a flow diagram to show all the effects and knock on effects

Here is a connective sheet. I like this a lot but didn’t design it myself

literacy mat

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Filed under Africa, Key Stage 3 Geography, Sustainability

Kilauea Lava flow

Slow moving lava from Kilauea volcano on Hawaii. can you stop it? Do you know where it will go? How has the rain helped? 2100 degrees? That is hot

Here is a slightly newer video showing the flow “breaking out” from its main route

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Year 7 at Durdle door and Lulworth

Here is my video of this week’s Year 7 Garrett, Nightingale and Parks trip to the Dorset Coast via iMovie

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Year 7 Amazon work


Hello to my Y7 groups: here are the resources that will help you with your “letter homework”

Here is the outline you could use to help you write the letter

This is a sheet that explains some peoples’ opinions (we covered most of these in our debate lesson)

And this is  a extremely detailed sheet outlining what you need to do to reach the level you are aiming for


Hope that all helps


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Filed under Key Stage 3 Geography, Sustainability, Tropical rain forests