Welcome to the Geography Department


Curriculum Intent

Our geography curriculum strives to equip students to deal with a rapidly changing world, to appreciate their place in the world, to be ready and able to face the challenges of the world and to contribute to making their community a better place to live. We want to enable students to live as knowledgeable citizens, who are aware of their local community in a global setting and who strive to become proactive, positive members of society.

Subject Definition

The understanding of the complex relationship between humans and the physical earth, so that both can thrive.

How Geography Links to SMSC

SMSC is integral to our curriculum where we are educating students for a shared humanity. We have a purposeful and accidental interconnectedness with all forms of life on earth and our desire is to explicitly educate students about our impact. We aim to instil in students a belief that all we do must be for the good of all humankind, emanating compassion and demonstrating forethought. In order to understand, reflect on, and if they desire, seek to change society and their place within it, students must know about the world. We want students to have the knowledge that will empower you them be the author of their own lives.

How Geography Links  to our CARES Values


Students investigate and ask their own geographical questions


Students learn to appreciate the world and understand how physical and human landscapes are interdependent and interconnected


Students consider what places are like and how the past helps to explain the present and predict the future


Students identify and challenge bias when thinking critically about different viewpoints


Students learn to strengthen their arguments by justifying their views when reaching conclusions and making decisions

How Geography Links to British Values

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.

Subject Staffing

Head of Department: Mrs F. Rhodes
Teacher of History and Geography: Miss E. Bevan
Teacher of PE and Geography: Mr P. Cutler 
Teacher of English and Geography: Mr J. Coleman 

Key Stage 3 Overview

Through the exploration of a range of questions, students develop their knowledge of geography’s central concepts: place; space; scale; interdependence; physical processes; human processes, environmental interaction; sustainable development; cultural understanding and diversity.

  • What is a geographer?
  • Is the Earth running out of natural resources?
  • What is an economy?
  • What is weather and climate?
  • Is the geography of Russia a curse or a benefit
  • Why are rivers important?
  • What is development?
  • How are populations changing?
  • What happens where the land meets the sea?
  • How is Asia being transformed?
  • Can we ever know enough about earthquakes and volcanoes to live safely?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities facing Africa?
  • How does ice change the world?
  • Why is the Middle East is an important world region?
  • Climate change and the Earth’s future

By the end of the KS3 course, students should:

  1. Have extensive knowledge relating to a wide range of places, environments and features at a variety of scales, extending from local to global, including Russia, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
  2. Understand the physical and human conditions and processes which lead to the development of, and change in, a variety of geographical features, systems and places. Explain various ways in which places, physical and human processes are interdependent and interconnected. Make connections between different geographical phenomena they have studied.
  3. Be able, with increasing independence, to choose and use a wide range of data, including OS maps at different scales, to help investigate, interpret, make judgements and decisions, to draw conclusions about geographical questions, issues and problems, expressing and thinking critically about different points of view about these. Write at length and discuss their geographical ideas, using a wide-ranging geographical vocabulary

Key Stage 4 Overview

Course title: Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Geography A 

Component 1: The Physical Environment

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

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

Assessment overview

  • 37.5%
  • 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 1: The Physical Environment

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

Topic 4: Changing cities

Topic 5: Global development

Topic 6: Resource Management
Including sub-topics:
    - 6B: Water resource management

Assessment Overview

  • 37.5%
  • 94 marks
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Students answer all questions from Section A and B. In Section C, students answer the optional question on water resource management.

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

  • 25%
  • 64 marks
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Students choose one from two optional questions (Rivers or Coasts)
  • Students choose one from two optional questions (Central/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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