Curriculum

Geography

Studying Geography gives pupils the opportunity to travel the world via the classroom, learning about both natural and social sciences along the way. It provides pupils with a holistic understanding of our planet, its systems and how we, as humans, are impacting our world. Pupils learn to appreciate the complexity of our world and the diversity of its environments, economies and cultures. Through Geography, pupils develop an understanding of the global political issues that occur between countries, cultures, cities and their hinterlands, and between regions within countries.

Curriculum Overview
Year 7 Year 8
  • What is Geography?
  • Map Skills
  • Population
  • Eco-systems
  • Deserts
  • Geographical enquiry methods
  • Geographical enquiry analysis
  • Development
  • Structure of the earth
  • Hazards
  • Water cycle
  • Rivers
  • Landforms
  • Geographical enquiry methods
  • Geographical enquiry analysis

AQA GCSE Geography

This is a new exam board specification that will be introduced for the 2019/20 academic year.

Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
  • Section C: The Living World
  • Ecosystems, Tropical Rainforests and Hot Deserts
  • Section A: Urban Issues and Challenges
  • Population, Urban Growth in LICs & NEEs
  • Urban Change in the UK and Sustainability
  • Section B: The changing Economic World
  • Economic development and quality of life
  • Reducing the global development gap
  • Effects of development on LICs and NEEs and effects of economic growth on employment/region patterns/growth
  • Section A: Natural hazards, tectonic hazards, tropical storms, extreme weather in the UK and climate change
  • Section C: The challenge of resource management
  • Resource management and water
  • Section B: Physical Landscapes in the UK
  • UK Physical landscapes, coastal landscapes in the UK and river landscapes in the UK
  • Geographical applications: Fieldwork (Physical)
  • Pre- release document for issues and evaluation
  • Revision and exam practice

EdExcel GCSE Geography

This is a legacy exam board specification being studied by the 2019/20 Year 11 cohort. It will be discontinued from 2020/2021 onwards.

Year 11

Geographical Investigations: Fieldwork and UK Challenges

  • Section A: Geographical investigations – physical environments
  • Section B: Geographical investigations – human environments
Assessment

Formal assessments takes place at the end of each topic.  There are formative assessments built into each topic area.

KS4 Exam Board Specification:

New Exam Board Specification: AQA GCSE Geography (8035)

Legacy Exam Board Specification: EdExcel GCSE Geography (1GA0)

Enrichment Offer

The Department offers subject-specific enrichment clubs and organises a range of fieldwork trips throughout the year. Pupils are able to take part in school-wide competitions, as well as representing the Academy in local and national competitions designed to increase their engagement and enhance their subject knowledge. Intervention sessions to consolidate prior learning and ensure maximum progress are at the heart of our delivery model.