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The Geography curriculum is designed to challenge our students to develop a greater knowledge and understanding of our world and the challenges faced by people and the environments within it.   

What is taught and how?

Our students study a wide variety of Physical and Human Geography topics in 4 broad units of work per year. We use places to demonstrate key concepts on local and global scales. Embedded into our curriculum are skills that are essential to Geographers which include; decision making, mapwork and fieldwork.

A broad outline of what is taught in each year can be found below.


Geography students are assessed at the end of each unit of work. This includes a knowledge test and a GCSE exam style test which is an opportunity to show understanding and apply what has been learnt. Each year group sits an end of year exam to assess their accumulation of knowledge.


All students are expected to learn the content of a general Geography knowledge organiser. Students are tested regularly on this knowledge which enables them to access our subject and make better progress. Other homework tasks include researching places or bringing in items for use in class.

Key Stage 3

Year 7   Year 8  Year 9 
  1. Geography detectives 

  2. Urban environments 

  3. Climate change 

  4. Food resources and Farming

  1. Understanding rivers  

  2. Extreme weather  

  3. Tropical Rainforest ecosystems 

  4. Fantastic Places 

  1. Population

  2. UK Physical Landscapes: Coasts 

  3. Development & Migration

  4. Earth structure - volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis

Key Stage 4 GCSE Geography 

Year 10 Year 11
  1. UK Physical Landscapes 

  2. FIELDTRIP to Blackpool Brook 

  3. Changing Economic World and the development gap 

  4. Case study of Nigeria 

  5. Weather hazards: tropical storms and extreme UK weather 

  6. Climate change 

  7. Resources: Food, water and energy 

  8. FIELDTRIP to Bristol 

  1. Rainforest and Hot Desert ecosystems 

  2. Urban issues and challenges 

  3. UK economy 

  4. Tectonic hazards 

  5. Exam preparation