Hellesdon High School

& Sixth Form Centre

Year ​9


  Topic(s) Key content to be learned Assessment

Autumn Term

Extreme environments



  • What is an extreme environment?
  • Where in the world is extreme?
  • How do animals and plants adapt to extreme environments?
  • How do people adapt to extreme environments?
  • What challenges are there?
  • How are extreme environments managed?


  • What transformations are occurring in Asia?
  • How do people adapt to the climate?
  • Why is the population so diverse?
  • What are the challenges of urbanisation in Asia?
  • What is the economic future for Asia?

End of unit Extreme environments assessment

End of unit Asia assessment

Key terms tests x2

Spring Term


The Middle east


Development investigation


  • Why is the Middle East important?
  • How does physical geography shape the region?
  • What issues does climate cause in the Middle East?
  • What is the population like?
  • How are conflict and development linked in the Middle East?


  • What is a geographical investigation?
  • Research skills
  • Data presentation
  • Data analysis
  • Evaluations

End of unit Middle East  assessment

Development investigation

Summer Term


Introduction to GCSE

Unit 7 – People and the biosphere

Unit 1 – Global circulation and cyclones

  • What are biomes?
  • How are biomes distributed?
  • What goods and services do biomes provide?
  • How are biomes destroyed?
  • What is the relationship between population and resources from the biosphere?


  • What are the causes of atmospheric hazards?
  • What are the impacts of atmospheric hazards?
  • How are atmospheric hazards managed?

End of unit People and the biosphere assessment

End of unit Global circulation assessment

Key terms tests x2