Year 7

Students in year 7 are involved in a unique curriculum combining Navig8 and the 3 humanities subjects; Geography, History and RS. The curriculum is designed to give students the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills they will need to be independent and successful learners with an increased focus on more subject specific content. The autumn term in Geography focuses on enquiry and project based outcomes linked to Africa. In the spring and summer terms students will study a geography curriculum based on core knowledge which will include geographical skills and the geography of the local area.

Year 8 

Students in year 8 study a varied and ever changing curriculum.  The nature of Geography gives a unique advantage as we are able to study up to date, relevant global events and issues.

Topics include:

  • A Risky World – Earthquakes and Volcanoes
  • Rich World, Poor World: A look at global development issues
  • Extreme Weather – A study of some of the world’s most extreme weather events
  • Thailand– Investigating is tourism a good or bad thing?
  • Flood Alert – A look at the causes and impacts of river and coastal flooding.

Year 9

Up until Christmas, students in Year 9 will study two units aimed at helping them develop the learning skills and approaches they will need for the successful completion of the GCSE. This aims to provide them with a smooth transition from Key Stage 3 Geography to the demands of GCSE.

The two units are:

  • Fantastic Places – a look at some of the amazing places around the world
  • The Rise of China – an investigation into the next global superpower??

After Christmas year 9 students will start the GCSE course.

Key Stage 4

GCSE Geography is currently one of the subjects included in the EBacc qualification, making it a popular choice.  Students opting for Geography will be following the new AQA Specification. This will be a new course with teaching starting in September 2016. This specification is assessed through three exams at the end of year 11. The course offers a very up to date and modern approach to geography with engaging and relevant Case Studies and examples. The course also includes two fieldwork opportunities outside of the classroom environment.

Examples of topic areas include:

·   Rivers and Coasts

·   Natural Hazards (Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Tsunamis, Tropical Storms)

·   Food and Water Resource Management

·   Extreme Weather in the UK

·   Ecosystems (Rainforests and Deserts)

We are committed to providing high quality teaching and learning allowing students to achieve their full potential at GCSE and develop their enthusiasm and interest for the subject.

Frequently Asked Questions

What sort of topics do you study in Geography?

We cover a huge range of varied topics in geography from natural hazards including earthquakes and volcanoes to crime and conflict, tourism and climate change.

Do you go on any trips in Geography?

Fieldwork is a very important part of geography. At GCSE we make visits to the coast and an urban area. In the past we have organized a trip to Iceland and we are looking to run this trip more regularly.

Geography is just about capital cities and maps isn’t it?

Far from it, of course reading and using maps is a key skill for all good geographers and we do look at some capital cities but Geography is about so much more. Through the study of geography knowledge and understanding of a range of subject areas is developed along with a range of transferable skills.

Why is geography an important subject?

Studying geography develops a range of geographical and transferrable skills that are beneficial in other subject areas and career paths. Skills such as debating and reasoning skills, data manipulation, research skills, and numeracy and literacy skills. Geography also helps to develop a sense of place and encourages curiosity.

Are you able to take Geography and History at GCSE?

Absolutely, and lots of pupils do exactly that.

What sort of courses and jobs can you go onto with Geography?

Geography equips learners with the skills and knowledge that enable future studies or careers in a number of fields including marine and environmental sciences, town and country planning, the armed forces, teaching and tourism related jobs. Geography would also provide a good basis for further studies in a wide range of subjects.

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