Curriculum Intent

All pupils will:

  • Look forward to their Geography lessons and enjoy engaging with their learning
  • Become curious geographers interested in knowing and understanding more about people and places on a local, national and global scale
  • Make sense of our world by making connections between human, environmental and physical (natural) features
  • Have the opportunity to develop geographical skills that will equip them for the rest of their lives, including reading and interpreting maps
  • Develop a desire to travel as well as awe, wonder and respect for the rich variety of habitats and peoples of the world
  • Develop an understanding of global issues facing them now and in the future
  • Become decision makers of the future, using geographical knowledge, understanding, opinions and skills to assess different options and solve problems
  • Become confident at expressing their own opinions about geographical matters as well as considering those of others
  • Gain an understanding of exciting career opportunities linked to Geography

Key Stage 3

The exciting Geography curriculum is designed to develop a student’s knowledge and skills using a wide variety of creative teaching and learning approaches that encourage students to think critically about our world, make judgements and appreciate the true reality about what is happening in places they haven’t studied before. No stone will be untouched: we intend our geographers to learn a wealth of useful and relevant geography that will engender a lifelong interest in the world around us as well as preparing them for life beyond school. The curriculum has been strategically planned in a sequence so that concepts, place knowledge, case studies and skills are developed over time, resulting in students becoming better geographers. Units of study focus on the most relevant and up to date events that best showcase a sense of awe and wonder about the world that we live in and that students can relate to and investigate themselves. They will also learn about the unfamiliar and abstract and be challenged to think differently.

There are a number of geographical themes that will reappear throughout KS3 on our ladder of learning: Locational Knowledge, Place Knowledge, Physical Geography, Human Geography, Skills and Fieldwork. These skills are assessed throughout each unit of study at KS3 and will show that students are ‘getting better’ at Geography. Over time they will be able to make greater sense of the world by organising and connecting information and ideas about people, places, processes and environments.

Year 7

Year 7 students tackle the big question, ‘What is Geography?’ They develop an understanding of and learn to distinguish between Physical, Human & Environmental Geography. They investigate how the British Isles is divided up on a local and national scale and will be able to identify key places on maps on a range of scales and types including 6 figure grid references on an Ordnance Survey map. The study of where we live will dig down into the geology of the UK. Students will learn about our disappearing coastline which includes the interaction between human and physical geography. Students will then look beyond the UK and start to develop an understanding of wider world knowledge using a range of skills. They will learn about ways to measure the level of development across the world in order to appreciate global disparities in wealth. Students will use their newly acquired knowledge to investigate Africa on a range of scales as a continent, its climatic regions and the differences from one country to another.

Where would Geography be without field work? Students will carry out a litter survey in the school grounds and gain their first insight into collecting primary data. They will develop an understanding of the importance of presenting and interpreting this and draw relevant conclusions. Students will end the year studying about the UK environment and our dependency on certain resources and look at the need to look towards sustainable energy production.

Year 8

Year 8 students will develop their local to global knowledge by investigating a range of themes that relate to the UK and wider world. They will learn to appreciate the factors that determine the changeable weather we experience in the UK compared to some regions of the world that have a specific climate. Our next unit, Food and Soil, will enable students to appreciate where our food comes from on a local and global scale. The unit will investigate the importance of soil in food production on a local scale as well as facing the stark reality of the factors that are contributing to desertification.

A tale of three cities will enable students to compare and contrast geographical regions of the world and cities within them. Students will draw upon their developing geography to help them explain why they are similar and different. Students will look at contrasting places from the megacity to the wilderness of Siberia, no stone will be left unturned.

Fieldwork is back on the agenda; students will investigate a suitable traffic issue within our local area, collect primary data and use the skills they acquired in year 7. They will be encouraged to use more complex methods of data presentation, evaluate their findings and look at them from a number of different viewpoints. Students will build on their knowledge of climatic regions by ending the year looking at the impact that climate change has had on Antarctica. Students will create a detailed case study of this awesome continent and its future.

Year 9

Year 9 students continue to develop a wide range of skills and knowledge about the world. They will be expected to look critically at the world using complex information that incorporates people’s attitudes, values and beliefs. Students start the year by travelling back in time to the Ice Age and look at how glaciation shaped the UK and wider world. Our next topic is particularly pertinent as students will look at job sectors and how our employment structure in the UK is changing. Students will develop further our links to the wider world through a study of globalisation and in particular how it has impacted upon India. One of the most popular topics centres upon our ‘restless earth’, starting with the big bang and what causes tectonic activity and the resulting hazards that occur. Case studies of the most up to date disasters will help students to compare the impacts experienced by countries at different levels of development and make judgements about the effectiveness of the responses.

The remainder of the year focuses on two regions of Asia. China is first on the list with a detailed investigation on a range of scales from its climatic regions and economic structure to its different cultures and traditions. The final unit will investigate the Middle East, its climatic regions, its people and the cause and consequences of conflict that have taken place in recent History. We expect that our students are now competent geographers and have acquired a wide range of geographical skills that will be useful throughout life. They will be confident about accurately identifying where different places are on a local, national and global scale and will apply their investigative skills in order to explain how human and physical geography interlinks through case studies they have learnt. Students will have increased the range and accuracy of their investigative skills in relation to Geography on a local, national and global scale.

Key Stage 4

Geography helps you to make sense of the world around you. It is hands on, it is relevant and it is fun. The AQA Geography specification covers some exciting topics such as urban issues, world development, the coastal zone, rivers and hazards, to name but a few. It is extremely relevant to the changing world we live in and combines the physical and human processes and factors that will inevitably change the future of the planet and how we live. The course will give you the chance to get to grips with some of the big questions affecting our world and to understand the social, economic and physical forces and processes which will impact upon you. A key focus of the course will look at the future and how we can manage both the physical and human landscape in a more sustainable way.

Key Stage 4 Revision Video

Mr J Cannon

Curriculum Leader

Mr J Cannon

Exam specifications

What Career?

Geography can literally take you places! Any aspect of Geography could launch you into a career. Interested in the environment or ecosystems? You could become a Conservation Manager or work for the Environment Agency. On a wider front, your career options could range from town planning, marketing or law to leisure, travel, tourism or teaching. Geography is the perfect subject to study alongside Science and Maths to create well rounded researchers, engineers and scientists. No career is off limits, Geography will keep your future options open!

There are numerous exciting career opportunities linked to Geography that you may not be aware of. Whilst many students, particularly in lower school, are unsure about what options they may take at GCSE level, a starting point might be to look at possible career opportunities that might capture a student’s interest.

Why not take a moment out of your day to sit down with your child and have a look through some useful websites that might just trigger some interest in a future job.

The Royal Geographic Society - Career Profiles

Click here to find out all about a wide number of career profiles that have close links to Geography.

Useful Websites

Career Pilot

Career Pilot allows you to navigate to a wide variety of jobs linked to Geography. There is an online course to find out more about Geography, examples of degree courses linked to Geography and much more.

The Royal Geographic Society

The Royal Geographic Society also has some excellent resources to showcase interesting jobs linked to Geography. There are some interesting video clips from Geography graduates that explain what they studied at University and the jobs they are doing now.


If you or your child enjoys keeping up to date with topical Geography then why not check out the online ‘Geographical’ webpage.