The study of Geography will expand pupils’ knowledge and understanding, develop awareness of their own identity and the identity of others, while encouraging further investigation of the world around them.

Geography lessons will help students:

  • Learn more about the world we live in.
  • Develop skills that will help in other areas, such as IT and research. 
  • Complete some of their own practical work away from the classroom. 
  • Work in a team with other students.
  • Learn through investigating and doing, as well as listening and reading.
Year 7
Year 8
Year 9
Year 10
Year 11

By the end of the year, pupils will have:

  • Examined the unique features of geography and its many different aspects.
  • Explored a variety of map skills and built spatial sense and visual literacy, each of these skills being relevant in their daily lives.
  • Pupils will have explored the physical features and benefits provided by rainforests, with particular focus on the Amazon.
  • Pupils compared a variety of locations along with the growth and nature of settlements. They will have compared settlements from different locations around the world and identified the patterns they can find in settlements.
  • Pupils will have investigated the processes associated with the physical environment and some of the most prominent challenges that we face globally. This rewarding course will develop their abilities to analyse and predict future events, as well as manage and mitigate their effects to support communities when they need it most.

Pupils will have studied why a changing climate is important, and how it will affect people around the world.

By the end of the year, pupils will have:

  • Assessed how our need for energy is growing as our world becomes more advanced.
  • Students will have built up an understanding of how renewable energy sources will be crucial as non-renewable energy sources such as fossil fuels cannot meet demand.
  • Pupils will have time to analyse how to manage climate change through adaptation and examine fragileecosystems that are extremely sensitive to environmental changes and shifts that result from outside influences and presences.
  • Pupils will examine coasts as dynamic and changing systems.
  • Students will examine different types of coasts both in terms of their landforms and their uses and be provided with a framework within which students can explore different coastal features and processes.
  • Examine how the growth of tourism has had an economic, environmental and social effect on many countries.
  • Pupils will have explored how the development gap refers to the widening difference in levels of development between the world’s richest and poorest countries.

By the end of the year, pupils will be able to:

  • Examine the characteristics that define extreme environments in relation to temperature, rainfall, and accessibility to different energy sources.
  • Study how different countries manage an increasing population and attempt to balance a growing population with demand for resources and environmental concerns.
  • Explain how Kenya and other key African countries have been impacted by tourism, events such as the world cup and their geographical location. Students will develop an in-depth understanding of Kenya and have produced a comprehensive piece of coursework.
  • Explore the changing nature and distribution of countries along the development spectrum before examining the complex causes of uneven development. The future for LIDCs is uncertain and is investigated through an in-depth study of one country, considering its development journey so far, how its global connections may influence the future and possible alternative development strategies.
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of patterns of climate change from the start of the Quaternary period to the present day, considering the reliability of a range of evidence for the changes. Learners will be able to compare the theories relating to natural climate change and consider the influence of humans on the greenhouse effect. Social, economic, and environmental impacts of climate change at both local and global scales will be examined.

Pupils will be able to describe the geographical processes that make landscapes distinctive. Students will develop a deeper understanding of the geomorphic processes that shape river and coastal landscapes in consideration of the human influence on these.

KS4 pupils will follow the OCR Geography B syllabus. By the end of the year, pupils will be able to draw from multiple subjects and create a holistic world view of the world we live in. The topics alternate between ‘our natural world’ and ‘people and society’.

The focus of Year 10 is to work on breadth of knowledge. By the end of the year students should be able to:

  • Understand that the UK contains a diverse and distinct range of landscapes.
  • Use date accurately that the gap between prosperity and poverty is widening.
  • Use case study specific information to explain the impact of a variety of hazards that impact human lives both within the UK and worldwide.
  • Use a range of source and data to show how cities are growing at unprecedented rates.
  • Use real world examples to analyse how the earth is supported by global ecosystems and the how link between human wellbeing and ecosystem wellbeing is vital.
  • To draw on both the Our Natural World 01 and People and Society 02 components to begin to.

The focus of Year 11 is to develop a deeper understanding of the course topics and make connections across human and physical aspects to create a holistic understanding of the whole course.