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Place Matters – Without Geography you are nowhere

To inspire a curiosity about the changing world in which we live. Place Matters.

Geography is engaging, interesting, relevant and dynamic.

You will be challenged to think creatively and sustainably in order to address and solve world issues.

The Geography Team
Mr J Addy Lead Practitioner - Geography
Mr M Carruthers Assistant Headteacher - Teacher of Geography
Mr S Hewick Teacher of Geography
Miss L Hull Teacher of Geography
Mr C Sinclair Teacher of Geography
Mrs L Taylor Assistant Headteacher - Teacher of Geography
Ms R Whitfield Teacher of Geography

The Curriculum

Years 7 and 8

All young people study geography for 2 hours each week in both Year 7 and Year 8. 

Year 7 

Why Geography Matters, Asia, Europe, Antarctica, Australasia, Africa

Year 8

Ecosystems, Glaciation, Globalisation, Rivers, Settlement, UK

In September 2019, we introduced our new ‘Around the World’ curriculum for Year 7.  Units are designed to enable students to develop key knowledge about each continent focusing on:

  • Locational knowledge
  • Physical geography
  • Human geography
  • Environmental issues
  • A management issues
  • Futures and development

Geographical skills including map skills, reading graphs and interpreting photographs are developed across each unit.

Years 9, 10 and 11

All young people choose to study either geography or history in years 9, 10 and 11; many choose to study both.

Students follow the AQA GCSE Geography specification.

Course content:

There are 3 themes that form the GCSE Geography course:

1. Living with the physical environment

This unit is about the dynamic nature of physical processes and systems.  Students will find out about tectonic, geomorphological, biological and meteorological processes and features. They will also explore the impacts of direct and indirect human activity and how these systems can be managed now and in the future.

Natural Hazards: Tectonics, Weather Hazards and Climate Change

The Living World:  Hot Deserts

Physical Landscapes in the UK:  Coastal Landscapes

River Landscapes

2. Challenges in the human environment

This unit is about human activity and how it changes over time and place.  Students will study places at different levels of development to find out about diverse human environments, how they are managed and future challenges and opportunities.

Urban Issues and Challenges

The Changing Economic World

The Challenge of Resource Management: Energy

3. Geographical applications

Students will draw together knowledge from the first two units to demonstrate geographical skills. The ‘Issue Evaluation’ builds on and develops your knowledge to critically evaluate a geographical issue. ‘Fieldwork’ is undertaken on two occasions in contrasting environments and your understanding of the enquiry process will be assessed in the exam.

Fieldwork, Skills and Issue Evaluation

Overview of Years 9, 10 and 11

Year 9

Natural Hazards, Living World, UK Physical Landscapes

Year 10

Urban Issues and Challenges, Economic World, Resource Management

Year 11 

Fieldwork and Skills, Geographical Issue, GCSE Exams 


Assessment is continuous in the classroom. Teachers regularly question and use low stakes testing to check understanding.  Feedback is provided verbally lessons and in exercise books as appropriate. 

At regular intervals, Key Marked Work assesses how well knowledge and skills have been learned.  Students receive more detailed written feedback on this work, sharing WWW (What Went Well) and how TIF (To Improve Further).  After each piece of Key Marked Work students will respond on their TIF, which is often posed as a question, completing their MRI (My Response Is).

Each year students also complete an end of year examination.

GCSE External Assessment

The GCSE course is assessed through three exam papers:

Paper 1

Living with the physical environment’

1 hour 30 minutes


Paper 2

Challenges in the human environment’

1 hour 30 minutes


Paper 3

‘Geographical applications’

1 hour 15 minutes


 Homework and Additional Resources

All young people are encouraged to take an interest beyond the classroom in their ever-changing world; to engage with the news and to be curious about our planet.  Homework is set to include this and includes:


In year 7 geography, students are set homework projects to complete.  These are linked to the units they are studying at the time.  In year 8, homework tasks are set in line with the school policy.


All students in years 7, 8 and 9 are encouraged to complete the Geography activities in their Learning Beyond the Classroom booklets. 

In years 9 – 11, teachers set homework as appropriate.  Homework will set to enhance learning not simply for the sake of setting homework.  This may include written work, research or revision.  In addition, students are encouraged to:

  • Read the daily broadsheet newspapers (or their associated Apps) to develop knowledge and understanding of the world today.  This is important to excel in Geography.
  • Learn carefully and accurately the meaning of key words provided in class.
  • Use the revision packs provided by the school in year 11.  

Additional resources to support learning in GCSE Geography:

We also recommend the purchase of revision guides through the school to further assist students’ work outside the classroom. 

N.B.  Where required, passwords have been provided to students directly.  For further support with passwords, please contact your Head of House.


Sixth Form 

In the Sixth Form, young people follow the AQA A Level Geography specification.

Aims of the course:

This course explores physical and human geography and contemporary geographical issues.  It develops skills in fieldwork techniques, data analysis and interpretation.

Fieldwork is a vital component of the course.  Students will visit different places depending on those studied. 

Course Content:

In Year 12 students complete the following units:

  • Changing Places
  • Hazards
  • Coastal Systems
  • Contemporary Urban Environments

In Year 13 students will complete the following units:

  • Independent Enquiry
  • Water and Carbon Cycles
  • Global Systems and Governance


The course is 100% examination:

Paper 1:  Physical Geography (40%)

Paper 2:  Human Geography (40%)

NEA (20%)

Independent learning and additional resources:

  • Read around the subject. 
  • The Library also has subject specific books that can be borrowed.
  • Academic journals can be found in the Sixth Form Centre.
  • A range of website links will be shared by subject staff (e.g. AQA, Student Room)The daily broadsheet newspapers (or their associated Apps) will develop knowledge and understanding of the world today.  This is important to excel in Geography.

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