Reading in Geography

Reading in Geography

In the Geography department, we aim to show our students that reading around the subject will help them to not only gain a further understanding of the topics they study at Gateacre, but also to improve their general knowledge and understanding of the world around them.

We encourage them to pay particular interest to the news, especially news articles that are tailored to their age for example Newsround and The Day. We have a library of books just outside the Geography classrooms available for the students to take at any time, including information books on different countries and the ‘Horrible Geography’ series.

Throughout our schemes of learning in KS3 and KS4 we have incorporated extra reading related to specific topics. This might be an extract from a book, a news article or a poem. This allows students to read something related to what they are learning which will hopefully encourage them to carry this on outside of the classroom.


Non Fiction
Year 7:

Christopher Columbus Diary Entry

Deadly Deserts excerpt from Horrible Geography

Article on the history of place names

‘What is Geography’, Michael Palin

Year 8:

Everest explorer diary entry

Year 9:

Antarctic explorer diary entry

Year 10/11:

Journalist reporting on Hurricane Katrina diary entry


Year 8:

‘Natural Disasters’

Year 9:

‘The dangerous Ocean’

‘Refugee’ Brian Bilston


Year 7:

Various News articles on flooding

Various news articles on Tropical Rainforests

Year 8:

Various news articles on population policies in India and China

‘Scary finds in a glacier’

Year 9:

News article on Blackpools tourist attractions

News article on Anthony Gormley’s Iron Men

News article on Sergei Skripal poisoning

News article on Zika virus

Year 10/11:

News article on Liverpool’s World Heritage Status

News article on reducing use of plastics

News article on ‘Zombie Frog found in Amazon’

News article on flooding in Mold

News article on recycling

News article on fossils on the Jurassic Coast