Welcome to the Geography page. Here you will find out everything you need to know about our department including what we teach and how we assess our pupils.

Curriculum Intent

The word geography derives from Latin and means to write the world. The Geography department’s curriculum intent is for students to learn and understand about the world around them and to be able to make predictions and live in a forever changing world. To achieve this, we strive to create knowledgeable students who confidently understand physical and human processes. Students learn through our teaching of thematic topics using the key concepts of sustainability, interdependence, scale (local, national and global), place and space. By studying a range of environments and processes, we hope students will have awe and wonder for the world around them and the power of Earth shaping forces.

In order for students to investigate the world around them, we seek to develop where knowledge comes from through the use of theories and models, as well as developing geographical skills e.g., interpreting maps, analytical and numerical skills while gaining knowledge through experience e.g., fieldwork.  Using metacognitive strategies — expert teachers making their thinking visible — students are taught to think, read, speak and write like geographers.

Through collaborative curriculum planning and regular evaluation, the KS3 and KS4 schemes of work are shaped by strong staff specialisms as well as kept up to date with a continually changing world by incorporating recent events and current affairs.

In Geography we implement our curriculum through a variety of teaching approaches which are adapted to class and individual student needs, as well as using a wide range of learning and teaching resources such as visualisers, laptops and textbooks. Geography lessons will provide opportunities for discussion and reflection to help students build confidence in their study of Geography, increase their use of subject specific terminology as well as ask questions about the complexity of the world around them.

Students are made aware of knowledge that must be learned and are given strategies and resources in which to learn key information through the use of knowledge organisers, dual coding and lessons on how to revise. Students in years 7-11 are supported to revisit key subject knowledge through low stake quizzing, recall activities and concept mapping. The frequent use of retrieval practice boosts memory and forges links between concepts.

Key Stage 3 - Curriculum Implementation

What will our pupils study?

The Key Stage 3 curriculum is designed around the five key concepts (sustainability, interdependence, scale, place and space); with the aim for Year 7 to discover, Year 8 to develop and Year 9 to master these concepts.

The Year 7 curriculum sequences knowledge and skills, cumulatively starting with the local scale and building towards the global. Year 7s will also have a lesson on ‘Global dimensions’ once a week which will teach them a better understanding of global events and how Geography affects day to day life. Examples of lessons covered include; World food day, World wildlife day, Maritime day and Disaster reduction day.

The Year 8 and Year 9 schemes of work allow students to demonstrate knowledge, re-visit and consolidate skills throughout a wide range of topics. The curriculum sequences knowledge and skills cumulatively gathering depth and detail of concepts and then putting this into context with real world examples. Y9 lessons will develop a deeper understanding of theme compared with Y7 - this will be achieved through interleaving key concepts and skills throughout the topics.

Curriculum Overview

How will our pupils be assessed?

Years 7- 9 are assessed internally based on numerical levels from 4-7. This usually takes the form of an end of unit test. Assessment will focus on students’ knowledge acquisition and understanding at specific stages of the course.

Key Stage 4 - Curriculum Implementation

What will our pupils study?

The Geography curriculum is a model of progression. Upon entering Year 10, students will have learnt about the concepts and ideas underpinning the Key Stage 4 curriculum through what they study in Year 7 - 9. Students in Years 10 and 11 will study Human geography, Physical geography and Geographical skills. The curriculum is appropriately and continuously challenging in line with the exam board specification to allow students a holistic approach to their studies showing links between topics as well as subjects such as Science, maths and English.

Students in all lessons are exposed to high quality modelling from teachers ensuring that they have the necessary skills to decode questions and apply knowledge to meet the exam board criteria.

Curriculum Overview

How will our pupils be assessed?

At GCSE, each unit has a final assessment which seeks to assess knowledge recall, key vocabulary and geographical skills. Assessments aim to test knowledge and understanding in a variety of ways from simple recall and multiple choice activities through to extended writing and finally application of content and skills to unfamiliar scenarios using unfamiliar data sources.

The current Year 11 students will be formally examined by the three examination papers and no coursework. There may be some changes to the exams next year but these have not been finalised by the examination board yet.

How have our KS4 pupils progressed so far?

4+ “standard” pass
5+ “strong” pass

What can it lead to?

Geography is useful in all occupations, is part of the English Baccalaureate and can help with college and apprenticeship applications. Occupations where Geographical skills and knowledge are important are:

  • Conservation Worker
  • Weather Forecaster
  • Teacher
  • Environmental Lawyer
  • Surveyor
  • Armed Forces
  • Travel & Tourism

Students develop a wide range of life skills; the ability to evaluate and make decisions effectively, the ability to work collaboratively and the ability to apply their skills to real world examples.