Geography Year 9

Geography is a compulsory core subject taken by all Year 9 students, as part of their Social Sciences course.

The course provides a balance of physical and cultural geography. The aim is for students to develop their knowledge and thinking skills, as well as to gain an understanding of the world that they live in. There is also a focus on current events and understanding some of the big global issues we face.


Yr 9  Social Sciences – Geography

The course is divided into a number of different areas of investigation:

  • Going to Extremes – Rainforests, Deserts, and the Poles. This topic looks at what these particular natural environments are like, how they have come to be like they are, and how people have adapted to live in these environments. Time is also spent investigating some of environmental challenges facing these distinct regions on earth
  • On the Move – Migration and Movement. This topic looks at the reasons why people move and the implications these movements have on people and places. Contexts such as the movement of Pasifika peoples to New Zealand, and the current refugee issue in Europe and the Middle East will be investigated
  • Special Topics. Other topics that will be investigated are topics making the news. Also, a look at the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals will be undertaken.
  • Skills. Key Geographic skills will be integrated throughout the topics being taught.