Geography Curriculum

Staff members with responsibilities

  • Mrs R. Sheikh - Subject Leader
  • Mr C. Seymour - Geography Teacher/ Deputy Headteacher
  • Mr D. Richardson - Geography Teacher/ Safeguarding Lead
  • Miss E. Welsh - Geography Teacher
  • Mrs N. Porritt - Nurture Group Geography Teacher


Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Year 7 Curriculum
  • Differences between physical, human and environmental geography.
  • Geographical map skills – Latitude and longitude, 4 and 6 figure grid references, direction, measuring distance using scale, reading OS maps. (Mid-unit assessment).
  • Exploring the UK and its countries. Where would I go during a tour of the UK? (End of unit assessment).
  • Locations around the world – the human and physical features of each location, climate, culture, opportunities, and challenges at each location. (Assessment)
  • Development using an international event (World Cup) learning events can benefit and cause problems for hosting nations. Includes learning about the human (Nenet native people’s culture) and physical features e.g. climate, of the location. (Assessment)
  • Water cycle, to include physical processes and case study reference to UK/India.
    Links with human and physical geography (Assessment).
Key Stage 3 Geography Curriculum Overview


Year 8 Curriculum
  • How are Volcanoes created, also the dangers and benefits of them (Assessment)
  • Development - What is it like to live in an NEE? case study - Brazil - links to sustainable management of the Rainforests (Assessment)
  • Why are Extreme Weather events becoming more common in the UK? Links to climate change - human and natural causes. (Assessment)
  • How and why has the climate and landscape changed since the Ice Age to the present day? (Assessment)
  • Why are our coastlines constantly changing? Links to local coast (Assessment)
Year 9 Curriculum
  • What causes Earthquakes to happen? - physical processes - impacts (Assessment)
  • Why does the UK experience such Extreme Weather? Links to climate change - human and natural causes (Assessment)
  • What are the key natural resources on our planet and how should we use them? - links to sustainability and how we can become more efficient (Assessment)
  • Why are the rainforests so amazing? – links to Amazon and native people’s Kayapo Indians – sustainable management of Rainforests (Assessment)
  • How does the world’s economy change over time? - what causes economies to change? (Assessment)

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Students are entered for GCSE Geography (AQA).

 Years 10 & 11 (G.C.S.E.)

  • Changing Economic world – how economies move through the various stages of development from Primary to Secondary, Tertiary, Quaternary and Quinary. The causes and drivers behind the change and the implications for the countries in which the change occurs. NEE/HIC case studies. (Assessment)
  • Urban issues and challenges – population increase and decline in rural areas, mega-cities, and the impacts of mass populations living in cramped spaces with limited resources. NEE/HIC case studies. (Assessment)
  • Physical Landscapes - UK coasts and glaciated areas, landforms, how they are shaped. Economic uses of these areas, management strategies. (Assessment)
  • Physical and Human Geography fieldwork enquiry. Local and Newcastle fieldtrips. (Assessment)
  • Resource management - Significance of resource management relating to human development. The rising global demand for energy/food/ water resources and how this can cause conflict. LIC/NEE case studies. (Assessment)
  • The living world – ecosystems, hot deserts, tropical rainforests. (Assessment)
  • Natural Hazards – earthquakes and volcanoes further learning. (Assessment)
  • Weather Hazards, hurricanes, and storms – further learning – LIC/NEE/HIC case studies case studies (Assessment).
  • Issue evaluation – pre-released booklet based on any compulsory unit to evaluate in preparation for final examination in Paper 3. 


Paper 1 – Living with the physical environment (35% of GCSE)

Paper 2 – Challenges in the human environment (35% of GCSE)

Paper 3 – Geographical applications (30% of GCSE)

Key Stage 4 Geography Curriculum Overview
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Qualifications gained 

G.C.S.E. Geography

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Pathways into further education 

Geography can open up a wealth of ‘A’ Level courses and also lead to degree courses in Geography, Law, Media, Teaching, Civil Engineering, Marketing and Business to name but a few.

Job opportunities

G.C.S.E. Geography is a qualification known to have high rates of employment in many fields, including

Environmental management
Civil engineering
Armed forces
Civel Service - including Police and Fire services.