Our curriculum incorporates - Young People’s Geography – drawing on their own experiences and concerns and making it relevant to
them. Students are encouraged to make connections to themselves personally. Giving them confidence to take action and become
active local and global citizens who can envision future scenarios.
Our curriculum embeds the need for future sustainable development in the management of issues at a range of scales.
We support students in developing high order cognitive skills such as problem solving and thinking skills in their Geography
We are helping students to explore and discover the world, valuing their own (young peoples) experiences.
It is our ambition to achieve all of the above by exciting; motivating and challenging our students.
Teaching and Learning
Students are taught Geography in mixed ability groups.
Terms 1 and 2
Module 1: No place like Home
Investigation of personal Geography
Introduction to Atlases, latitude and longitude
Exploring the characteristics of different settlements
Module 2: Fantastic Places
Students explore some of the world's fantastic places including:
The South Downs
Terms 3 and 4
Moving Migration - A mini topic to examine Geographical trends in Population Distribution and the reasons why some people
Module 3: Money in my pocket
Investigations of the distribution of wealth and poverty across the world
Learning about the categories of economic activity
Terms 5 and 6
Module 4: Electrifying Energy
Different energy sources and their advantages and disadvantages
Ways we can save energy
Module 5: Wonderful Weather
How we measure the weather
Assessed through a microclimate investigation. Where shall we put the Geography Bench?
Terms 1 and 2
Module 6: Terrifying Tectonics
Using GIS to investigate patterns in the location of earthquakes and volcanoes
Understanding Plate boundaries
Investigating the Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami
Researching the reasons why people live on Plate boundaries
Module 7: Essential Ecosystems
Finding out what an ecosystem is
Investigating the tropical rainforest ecosystem
Find out why this essential ecosystem is under threat and what can be done to save it
Terms 3 and 4
Module 8: Globalisation
Investigate the distribution of resources and manufacturing around the world
Find out where things are made and why
Consider who benefits the most from product manufacture
Play the trading game
Terms 5 and 6
Module 9: Catastrophic Climate Change
Find out what is causing Climate Changes
Investigate what positive and negative effects may result
Examine how governments are responding to a global problem
Report on some of the local solution
Module 10: Cracking Crime
Unpick patterns in Crime
Consider the causes of Crime
Discover how Geography can help to reduce crime using maps and GIS
KS4 Course(s) offered
In Year 10 and 11 students are studying Geography and will be examined by the Eduquas Exam Board.
Theme 1 – Challenges of Living in a built environment. This will have covered:
• Variation in quality of life and access to housing
• Access to services and changing service provision
• Rural Change and planning issues
• Planning Issues and the built environment
• How can rural environments be managed – due to pressure from visitors
Theme 2 – Physical processes and relationships between people and environments. This includes:
• Coastal processes and coastal management
• River processes and landforms
• Weather and climate
• The issue of desertification
Theme 3 - Uneven development and sustainable environments. This includes:
• Employment structures and opportunities
• The location of economic activities
• Economic activity and the environment
• Development issues and water
Year 9 students starting the Geography GCSE will either be examined by AQA or OCRa.
At the time of writing the exam boards have yet to have their specifications verified.
Students being examined in 2016 and 2017 will have two terminal examinations. This is a tiered exam and so students
will either complete the Foundation of Higher Tiered papers.
Unit 1 exam – Based on Themes 1 and 2 (30%)
Unit 2a exam - Theme 3 and Unit 2b exam – DME based on all three themes. (45%)
The controlled assessment completed in Year 10 is worth 25% of the final exam.
Examinations have yet to be confirmed for students being examined in 2018.
Homework is set Once a week in accordance with the homework timetable. Examples of homework tasks include:
• Practise exam questions
• Research in preparation for a given topic/issue
• Decision making tasks, to review and decide which option would be best in a given situation and to explain the choices made
Homework is easily accessible to students through Show my Homework:
Mrs Nicola Boyd, Head of Geography: email@example.com
Ms Beccy Pook, Teacher of Geography and Humanities: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Colin Harris, Teacher of History and Humanities: email@example.com
Ms Lizzie Green, Teacher of Humanities: firstname.lastname@example.org