Geography

Years 7-9

Introduction and Overview

We aim for our students to be better informed about different parts of the world, as well as our own country, and to have the skills to investigate issues and make decisions.

Year 7

Year 7 students start off the year with an introduction to geography through studying ‘Fantastic Places’ around the world. We ‘visit’ locations such as Madagascar, The North Pole and Easter Island and students have their very own passport to record their journeys. ‘Map skills’ are then taught through various interactive activities both inside the classroom around the school site. Topics taught for the remainder of the year include ‘Energy’ which examines how energy is generated, the problems with fossil fuels, climate change and alternative sources of energy such as solar, nuclear and wind.  We finish year 7 by studying the physical processes of ‘Rivers’ which involves fieldwork using our local environment in the Cardingmill Valley

Year 8

During year 8 students’ study two of the worlds emerging economies, ‘India’ and ‘China’. Both topics study the physical and human geographical features within these countries. The ‘India’ topic covers lessons on things such as the monsoon climate, squatter settlements, globalisation and sustainable tourism. China includes lessons about population, the ‘one child’ policy, development, the Three Gorges Dam and Dongtan Eco-City. During the spring term students are taught the topic of ‘Coasts’ which explores the physical processes acting upon the coast and how humans can manage the coast. Year 8 finishes with the topic of ‘Food’ which analyses the impact of the global food system including issues surrounding the cattle and chicken industries. The future of our food supply is examined, and we question whether we should all eat insects to save the planet!

Year 9

Geography in year 9 is all about giving students a taster of the AQA GCSE geography course so that they are in good position to make decisions about their option subjects in the spring term. Three topics are taught in the style of GCSE geography and course content is embedded through the frequent practise of exam skills and techniques, putting our year 9’s ahead of the game when they begin the course in year 10. We start off the year studying ‘Rainforests’ which includes the physical processes and structure of rainforests. We then examine issues surrounding deforestation and the protection and management of rainforests. Our second topic is ‘Tectonics’ which is explored through learning about the physical processes that result in volcanoes and earthquakes, case study examples of past earthquakes in Nepal and Chile, how the effects of earthquakes can be reduced and the danger of volcanoes and why people live in places at risk. Our final topic is ‘Rio de Janeiro’ which examines the human features of the city including migration, economic growth, social and environmental challenges and improving favela life.

How to support your child

We are sure that you already do many of these things to support your child but here is a useful reminder for you to refer to:

  • Encourage wider reading
  • Ask them what they have learnt today
  • Help them to structure revision for tests and assessments
  • Support the completion of homework

Curriculum Overview 

Knowledge Organiser

Year 7 

Year 8 

Year 9

Web Links

Additional Reading

  • The library has many fiction and non-fiction books related to the topics studied above.
  • Geographers should keep up to date on the news as newspapers are a rich source of Geographical knowledge.

Years 10-11

Introduction and Overview

  • AQA
  • Paper 1
    • Living with the physical environment
    • Section A: The challenge of natural hazards; Volcanoes and earthquakes, hurricanes and climate change.
    • Section B: The living world Rainforests and either hot deserts or cold environments.
    • Section C: Physical landscapes in the UK; Overview, then coasts and rivers.
  • Paper 2
    • Challenges in the human environment
    • 3.2.1 Section A: Urban issues and challenges; problems and management of cities.
    • 3.2.2 Section B: The changing economic world; studies around global development gap, and a look at the economy of the UK.
    • 3.2.3 Section C: The challenge of resource management; Management of food, water or energy.
  • Paper 3
    • Geographical applications
    • Section A: Issue evaluation using pre released materials worked on in class.
    • Section B: Fieldwork Based on two field trips – one to the coast, and one to Birmingham.

How to support your child

We are sure that you already do many of these things to support your child but here is a useful reminder for you to refer to:

  • Encourage wider reading
  • Ask them what they have learnt today
  • Help them to structure revision for tests and assessments
  • Make good use of BBC Bitesize
  • Use revision guides to complete practice papers
  • Ensure homework is complete to the deadline

Curriculum Overview

Knowledge Organiser

 GCSE Geography

Web Links

Additional Reading

Stay up to date with current affairs in the papers – especially matters relating to units studied.