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Geography

“Geography is, in the broadest sense, an education for life and for living. Learning through geography – whether gained through formal learning or experientially through travel, fieldwork and expeditions – helps us all to be more socially and environmentally sensitive, better informed, and more responsible as citizens.”

Royal Geographical Society

Head of Subject: Mr Dane

Our Vision

Our Geography curriculum aims to give pupils an understanding of the world; both in terms of locational understanding and human awareness. Through a varied and rich curriculum, pupils understand the people, places and politics that have shaped our world today. 

Our Curriculum

The Geography curriculum is concerned the world; including the influences we have on it, the natural processes that shape it and ultimately what sustains it. Students learn about the world at different scales so that they understand the big picture but are still able to locate the particular. The curriculum is highly relevant to the current day; concerning itself with everything from climate change to earthquakes to global population growth. Where possible, contextualisation and case studies are used to develop students’ understanding of geographical theory. Students develop a rich geographic vocabulary and learn to write, talk, collect data, analyse and evaluate as geographers. The vertical integration of knowledge throughout each year ensures that essential skills can be developed from year 7 onwards. Finally, the curriculum serves a moral purpose. Those that choose to discontinue the course in year 9 are equally equipped with a love of the world as those that continue their studies through to higher education.

Key Stage 3

 

 

TOPICS AND KEY IDEAS
YEAR 7

Being a Geographer

Weather and Climate

Rivers

Development 

World of Work

Geography of the Middle East

 

YEAR 8

Development and Globalisation

Issues of Urbanisation

Tectonic Hazards

Climate Hazards

Coasts

Fieldwork

 

YEAR 9

Geography of Conflict

Energy

Climate Change

Glaciation

Ecosystems

Life in an Emerging Country 

 For more information, visit our learning journey below. 

 KEY STAGE 4

Pupils study the Edexcel GCSE  Specification B course at GCSE. The details of each unit can be found in our extensive learner packs. The information below gives an idea of topics studied. Units have a physical and a human geography component.    

TOPICS AND KEY IDEAS 
YEAR 10

Challenges of an Urbanising World

UK's Evolving Physical Landscape

Coastal Fieldwork

UK Evolving Human Landscape

Human Fieldwork

 

YEAR 11

Hazardous Earth

People and the Biosphere

Forests under threat

Consuming Energy Resources

 

Assessment 

At Key Stage 3, we formally assess pupils twice a year. These results are reported to you formally as parents, with an opportunity to discuss at the forthcoming parents evening. We also assess pupils reading skills using a standardised test twice a year. These assessments are supplemented by regular in class formative assessment. You can learn more about our approach to assessment at Key Stage 3 by visiting the link here. 

At Key Stage 4 pupils are assessed twice a year in the form of a mock examination. These reflect components of the GCSE course.  These assessments are supplemented by regular in class formative assessment.  Together, we use this information to provide additional guided study support for pupils. 

 Homework

Pupils receive regular homework.

At Key Stage 4, pupils get an hour of homework a week for their option subjects. This may take the form of extended writing or knowledge quizzing.  

https://studywise.co.uk/gcse-revision/geography/ 

https://geography-revision.co.uk/ 

View our learning journey

Please click here for KS3-4 Learning Journey