Geography is the study of the world and the people within it. Geography stimulates an interest in and a sense of wonder about places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. It helps our pupils to make sense of a complex and ever changing world. It explains where places are, how places and landscapes are formed, how populations and their physical environment interact, and how a diverse range of economies, cultures and environments are interconnected and change over time..

KS3 Geography – Curriculum Overview

Throughout Year 7 and 8, pupils will consolidate and extend their knowledge of the world’s major countries and their physical and human features. They will understand how geographical processes interact to create distinctive human and physical landscapes that change over time. In doing so, they will become aware of increasingly complex geographical systems in the world around them. They will develop greater competence in using geographical knowledge, approaches and concepts [such as models and theories] and geographical skills in analysing and interpreting different data sources. In this way pupils will continue to enrich their locational knowledge and spatial and environmental understanding. pupils will extend their locational knowledge and deepen their spatial awareness of the world’s countries, and will understand geographical similarities, differences and links between places through the study of the human and physical geography within the world.

Topics / Areas of Study

Year 7

  • It’s all Geography, Mapskills, Dynamic Earth
  • Dynamic Earth and Development
  • Africa and Coasts

Year 8

  • Population and Ecosystems
  • Urbanisation and Rivers
  • Weather and Climate as well as Climate Change.

KS4 Geography – Curriculum Overview

At KS4, (AQAexam board), pupils build and deepen their knowledge about countries, processes, landscapes and concepts from KS3.  They will travel the world from their classroom, exploring case studies in the United Kingdom (UK), higher income countries (HICs), newly emerging economies (NEEs) and lower income countries (LICs).  Geography stimulates an interest and a sense of wonder about places.  It helps young people make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world.  It explains where places are, how places and landscapes are formed, how people and their environment interact and how a diverse range of economies, societies and environments are interconnected. It builds on pupils’ experiences to investigate places at all scales.  Studying Geography will help pupils understand everything from their local area to global events seen on the news.  Pupils will investigate why processes occur, their effects on people and the planet and consider solutions to the many challenges we face.  Pupils will learn how today’s world was shaped and understand the challenges we face in the future.

Year 9

  • Tectonics, Weather and Climate Change
  • Ecosystems, Tropical Rainforest and Deserts as well as a fieldwork opportunity.
  • UK Landscapes, Coasts, and DME.

Year 10 & 11

  • Rivers, Urban Issues and Challenges focusing on Rio.
  • Urban Issues and Challenges focusing on London, Sustainability and Development as well as conducting fieldwork.
  • Development, Nigeria, UK Economy and Decision Making Exercise.
  • Resource Management, Water, and Fieldwork as well as exam practice.
  • Unit 1 and Unit 2 Revision and exam practice. Decision Making Exercise and Revision of all 3 units as well as exam practice. .