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Geography Department

KS3: All pupils follow a structured curriculum at Key Stage 3 in 1 period per week during Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 if in the ‘A’ band and 2 lessons per week in the ‘B’ band of Year 8 and 9. Students receive 2 lessons weekly in years 10 and 11. English and Maths skills are embedded throughout all the topics. Students will also be given the opportunity to use the school’s ICT facilities to develop their research skills. Pupils have the opportunity to work individually and collaboratively during the following topics.

In Year 7 pupils study:

  • What is Geography and Geographic skills and improving place knowledge.
  • Weather and climate
  • Comparing places- UK and Tanzania/Ghana.
  • Rivers- Processes, flooding and management
  • GREAT Britain- Coastal features, tourism and economic structures.

In Year 8 pupils study:

  • Weathering, Rivers and Coasts.
  • Environmental concerns: Antarctica
  • Wild weather- The cause, effects and responses to extreme weather events. Microclimate investigation around the school grounds.
  • Population and urbanisation- Why has the world’s population grown, where do people live and what issues has this created. We will also look at migration in this topic.
  • Kenya, a developing country

In Year 9 pupils study:

  • Ecosystems: Why at risk? Britain’s climate and the factors that affect it. Soil erosion in Nepal
  • Tectonic hazards- The cause, effects and responses to earthquakes and volcanoes.
  • Tourism, Fashion and Sport
  • Italy, an EU country and Japan a developed country.
  • World Development and related issues-how is development measured, why some countries are more developed than others and what actions are some countries taking to enhance their levels of development?


KS4: Pupils study the AQA G.C.S.E course:

Unit 1: Living with the physical environment – 35 % of GCSE. 1 hour 30minutes exam

  • Tectonic hazards
  • Weather hazards
  • Climate change
  • Ecosystems
  • Tropical rainforests
  • Cold environments
  • Coastal landscapes in the UK
  • River landscapes in the UK

Unit 2: Challenges in the human environment – 35 % of GCSE 1 hour 30minutes exam

  • Urban issues and challenges
  • The changing economic world
  • The challenge of resource management- Energy

Unit 3: Geographical applications – 30 % of GCSE 1 hour 15minutes exam

  • Issue evaluation
  • Fieldwork

Extra-Curricular Activities

  • Year 7 students will do an investigative trip to the Thames to study the growth of settlements.
  • Year 8 A trip to the Cuckmere River to examine the features.
  • Year 9 students will visit the Natural History Museum regarding Tectonic activities.
  • Year 10 Fieldtrip to the River Wyre to look at changing river processes or a visit to Walton-on-the Naze to examine coastal processes.
  • Year 10 Hazards Day run by the Cartographic Society.
  • Year 11 Fieldtrip Residential to Iceland or Flatford Mill
  • Pop up Geography Club at lunchtime and afterschool with thematic weeks for example- Refugee week, COP21 Climate change, rivers trip, Blackpool regeneration and World GIS week.
  • Entry into the Young Geographer of the Year Competition run by the Royal Geographical Society. (To be started soon)
  • Entry into the School Geography Challenge run by African Adventures.