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Free Geography KS4 Teaching Resources for Secondary Teachers

GCSE Geography – What is Taught

Pupils studying Geography at Key Stage 4 will be working towards a GCSE in the subject. As a result, different examination boards provide differing specifications for what should be included in the curriculum. They provide different options for topics that can be selected for pupils to study. Some geography courses will require pupils to put together a project of their choice that relates to one of the subject topics. The sites listed on this page can help the pupils when they put together this project.

Physical geography covers areas such as earthquakes and volcanoes, weather and climate and ecosystems. Pupils may study rivers, glaciers and coastal areas. Human geography can cover topics related to population change, changes in urban environments or rural settings. Actionaid has a section on climate change that uses games, videos and information. This site sends out email updates containing information on free resources, actions, promotions and more. Tourism, rich and poor countries and globalisation may also be taught. As part of assessment, pupils are expected to carry out a fieldwork investigation where geographical skills are used to answer a question and develop their line of enquiry. Some specifications also expect pupils to complete an investigation into an environmental issue.


Materials in this section provide ideas for planning and resourcing Geography at Key Stage 4. They can be used to supplement a current schemes of work. These sites include information, interactive sources, lesson plans, ideas, images, videos and more.

Mapzone is an interactive website with information, games and teacher resources. There is a mass of lesson plans, homework ideas, activities and information sheets that helps with the mapping side to the Geography course.

Lancaster University have provided a 3 page Geography poster on landscapes over time which helps with the study of how ours are now and what they could be like in the future.


15 Key Free Teaching Resources



Download free lesson ideas, people’s stories and images to promote global learning

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UN World Food Programme

UN World Food Programme

Learn about nutritious school meals and global hunger with the story of a Kenyan school girl named Molly, who can stay in education thanks to the meals she receives at school.

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IFAW offers animal welfare and conservation-themed teaching resources and films aligned with UK curricula. This year’s theme, Elephants Never Forget, explores the world of elephants and the challenges they face.

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Practical Action

Practical Action

Inspiring resources on sustainability, climate change, renewable energy and global learning

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BP Educational Service

BP Educational Service

Providing innovative curriculum-linked free teaching resources for secondary Science, Geography & Business Studies at Key Stages 3 and 4.

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Met Office

Met Office Education provides KS1, 2 & 3 lesson plans as well as in-depth information and data that can be used in Geography classes.

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Geographical Association

A brilliant site for Geography teachers who need resources for a range of topics.

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Lancaster University

Human Geography Poster from Lancaster University

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Natural History Museum

The NHM offers resources, online videos and activities for both Science and Geography in Primary and Secondary School learning.

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Google SketchUp

Google SketchUp is a downloadable piece of software that can be used to construct and design multiple ideas and also can be used in many school subjects.

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Mapzone offers various teaching resources as well as homework help and an interactive section for students to use.

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Curriculum Bits for Geography

A Geography site containing plenty of interactive resources.

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Countryside Access

Coventry City Council will help Primary School Maths Students to learn the value of digits in numbers.

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Online Mind Mapping App from SpiderScribe for Upper KS2, KS3 and KS4

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Discovery Channel

An online Geography interactive resource on exploring Volcanoes.

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