In Geography, our intent is for the curriculum to promote a curiosity about the world and the people within it for our learners. The curriculum will enable our learners to be confident to understand and ask questions about the world around them. Geography is, by nature an investigative subject, which develops an understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills. We seek to promote children’s interest and understanding about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. We want pupils to become global citizens who are able to make sense of a complex and ever-changing world.

DEEP Curriculum Overview

In Year 7 and 8, pupils will consolidate and extend their knowledge of the world’s major countries and their physical and human features. In line with our DEEP curriculum, 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 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.

In Years 9, 10 and 11, pupils build and deepen their knowledge about countries, processes and landscapes. 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).  It provides the opportunity for pupils to understand more about the world, the challenges it faces and their place within it. The GCSE course, (AQA exam board), deepens understanding of geographical processes, illuminates the impact of change and of complex people-environment interactions, highlights the dynamic links and interrelationships between places and environments at different scales, and develops pupils’ competence in using a wide range of geographical investigative skills and approaches. Geography enables young people to become globally and environmentally informed and thoughtful, enquiring citizens.

Topics / Areas of Study

Year 7

  • What is Geography
  • Map skills in our local area
  • Dynamic Earth including tectonics
  • Development
  • Africa
  • Coasts
  • Fieldwork

Year 8

  • Population
  • Ecosystems
  • Urbanisation
  • Rivers
  • Weather and Climate
  • Climate Change
  • Fieldwork

Year 9

  • Tectonics, Weather and Climate Change
  • Ecosystems, Tropical Rainforest and Deserts
  • UK Landscapes, Coasts, and Rivers

Years 10 and 11

  • Urban Issues and Challenges focusing on Rio and London and Sustainability
  • Development, Nigeria and the UK Economy
  • Resource Management with a focus on Water
  • Fieldwork
  • Decision Making Exercise
  • Fieldwork

Travel and Tourism

In ‘Travel and Tourism’, we intend for our learners to develop an understanding and knowledge of the travel industry. The curriculum will enable learners to acquire knowledge and technical skills through vocational contexts by exploring the aims of different travel and tourism organisations, the features of tourist destinations, how organisations meet customer requirements and the influences on global travel and tourism.

Topics / Areas of Study

Component 1: Organisations and destinations

Component 2: Influences on global travel and tourism

Component 3: Customer needs