Welcome to the Geography Department


  • Mrs F. Rhodes (Head of Department and Associate Assistant Headteacher)
  • Miss E. Bevan (Teacher of History and Geography)
  • Mr P. Cutler (Teacher of PE and Geography)
  • Mr  J. Coleman (Teacher of English and Geography)

Links to SMSC

Geography lessons make a real impact on the social, moral, spiritual and cultural understanding of students at Harrogate High School. The study of real people in real places, and of our relationship with the environment, is at the heart of our geography curriculum. Social development is fostered through cooperating well with others as part of a team and being able to resolve conflicts effectively. Most geographical issues have a moral dimension. The study of environmental relationships, in particular, provides a wealth of opportunities for distinguishing a moral dimension. Spiritual development is promoted through examples which include a comparison of the life of a child in a Brazilian favela with their own, and reflecting upon how we can reduce the impact of the new school building upon the environment. We make a major contribution to cultural development through our study of distant localities such as India and China, which the students are unlikely to visit themselves.

Links to British Values including Prevent duty

Our diverse curriculum allows students to engage with the ´British values´ of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance. We encourage students to talk about their personal ´geographies´, to think critically about their own place in the world and to appreciate the diversity of the world. Geography lessons encourage our students to explore how places have been changed by the contexts and processes that have shaped them. It helps our students to understand the complex ways in which communities and societies are linked and to appreciate the diversity of people´s backgrounds. Geography also helps pupils to understand society better. Appreciating diversity encourages positive relationships and shared values. It promotes tolerance and partnership, within local and wider communities. For example, the study of different cultural traditions enables students to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures.

Key Stage 3

Course Overview: Year 7 and Year 8 Geography at Harrogate High School offers students the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of contemporary issues in a fun, exciting and interactive way.

Each unit that students study has been chosen because of its relevance to our understanding of and interaction with the twenty first century world.

Students are encouraged to ask questions and interpret a wide variety of sources of information and our students develop a diverse range of skills throughout the course. Students learn to work collaboratively and develop confidence in debate and discussion, in presenting to their peers and in using resources like images, maps and data to investigate issues and places.

Key Areas Of Study: Students study Geography for two hours a week in Year 7 and Year 8.

Year 7 curriculum:

  • Weather and climate
  • Population and urbanisation
  • Hydrology and coasts
  • Economic activities
  • Asia and India

Year 8 curriculum:

  • Geological timescales and plate tectonics
  • Environmental regions
  • Africa and Kenya
  • World Issues
  • Resources and the environment
  • International development

Course Length: 2 years

Key Stage 4

Component 1. The Physical Environment

Topic 1: The changing landscapes of the UK
Including sub-topics:
1A: Coastal landscapes and processes
1B: River landscapes and processes
Topic 2: Weather hazards and climate change
Topic 3: Ecosystems, biodiversity and management

In this component you will learn about the physical processes which create and change landscapes, and how people and environments interact.

Assessment overview
94 marks
1 hour 30 minutes

In Section A, students answer Questions 1, 2 and 3. (Not Q4)
Students answer all questions from Sections B and C.

Component 2. The Human Environment

Topic 4: Changing cities
Topic 5: Global development
Topic 6: Resource Management
Including sub-topics:
6B: Water resource management

In this component you will learn about human geography and issues about people and the environment.

Assessment overview
94 marks
1 hour 30 minutes
Students answer all questions from Section A and B. In Sec-tion C, students answer the op-tional question on Water re-source management.

3. Geographical Investigations: Fieldwork and UK Challenges

Topic 7: Geographical Investigations – fieldwork
Topic 8: Geographical investigations-UK challenges

In this component you will investigate physical and human environments through fieldwork.

Assessment overview
64 marks
1 hour 30 minutes
Students choose one from two optional questions (Rivers or Coasts)
Students choose one from two optional questions (Cen-tral/Inner Urban Area or Rural Settlements)

The exams include multiple-choice questions, short open, open response, calculations, 8-mark and 12-mark extended writing questions.

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