Geography is all around us!

In our rapidly changing world Geography has an important role to play in helping pupils to understand their relationship to others and to the global environment in the 21st century.

The aims of the Geography courses at all key stages are:

Encourage pupils to enjoy Geography

Develop pupil's analytical skills by exploring and questioning the world around them

Explore the relationship between the Earth and its people through the study of place, space and environment.

Explore the relationships between people, physical features, human activities and environmental resources.

Encourage pupils to question: Where? What? Why? How?

Make pupils aware that Geography matters to everyone.



At key stage 3 we cover four topics per year, progressing from local, national and international scale as time progresses. The topics are outlined below:-

Year 7

  1. Beautiful Britain
  2. Fragile Environments
  3. Extreme Environments
  4. You as a European

Year 8

  1. Cruel World
  2. Tourism in a Changing World
  3. Changing Nations
  4. Watery World



Key stage four Geography is studied from year 9 onwards. Currently AQA syllabus is being followed and includes the following:-

Paper 1: Living with the Physical Environment (1 hour 30 minutes / 35%). This unit includes the Challenge of Natural Hazards, physical landscapes in the UK and the Living World.

 Paper 2: Challenges in the Human Environment (1 hour 30 minutes / 35%). This unit includes Urban Issues and Challenges, The Changing Economic World and Resource Management (with focus on Food or Water or Energy)

 Paper 3: Geographical Application (1 hour / 30%) Issue Evaluation - a pre-released booklet is sent to schools 12 weeks before the exam. The issue changes each year but will be based on any topic from the course. Students will have the opportunity to work through the resources, enabling them to become familiar with the material in preparation for questions about it in the exam.



Key stage 5 Geography is currently following the OCR syllabus and includes the following:-


Paper 1 – Physical Systems – 1 hour 30 minutes worth 22%

Paper 2 – Human interactions – 1 hour 30 minutes also worth 22%

Paper 3 – Geographical Debates – 2 hours 30 minutes worth 36%


Enrichment opportunities

A Geography club meet on a weekly basis and is open to all students. The club are involved with many aspects of Geography including producing termly Geography in the News articles, assisting at Open Evenings, judging Geography competitions and many more activities.

Geography students at key stage 5 are encouraged to become mentors for students lower down in the school.

  The department believe strongly in the value of fieldwork that can help bring the classroom to life. Local based fieldwork is carried out in key stage 3 and at key stage 4 and 5 fieldwork forms a compulsory part of the courses. At key stage 4 two days of fieldwork is carried out in both urban and coastal areas and in key stage 5 a residential field visit is carried out in Somerset.







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