“Geography is the subject which holds the key to our future” - Michael Palin

The Geography Department aims to provide our students with a very varied and interesting curriculum which will develop within them a love of learning. Geography also gives the students many transferable skills which they will be able to use in their future careers. We encourage students to make connections between different places around the world and to recognise change and continuity. We use a whole range of resources to stimulate students from the very beginning of Year 7 and try to encourage confident and enquiring geographers. In each year, we study a range of Human, Physical and Environmental Themes and incorporate lots of map skills, including GIS (Geographical Information Systems). In addition, we also study several countries or continents, whereby many of the themes are studied in context.

  • To start students will build their Geographical Skills from Primary School by looking at enquiry questioning, Ordinance Survey Maps, symbols, grid references, using atlases and fieldwork skills. Students will fully understand the differences between Physical, Human and Environmental Geography by the end of the first term.
  • We then move on to Fantastic Places and the extremes in our world: polar and arid areas.
  • The Physical and Human Geography of Britain is the next topic to be covered including introductions to weather, relief and population.
  • The following unit is on Geology entitled Geography Rocks! - How the earth was made and rock types. This unit also encompasses processes such as erosion, deposition and the creation of landforms.
  • Following this is a unit of work on urban areas entitled Settlement and Urbanisation looking at why people live in cities and the reasons why growth is causing problems in developing countries.
  • We end the year covering a human topic, Resources and Sustainability. This involves looking at water, energy and food resources and the issues related to them in the world we live in today.
  • To start students will study human and physical characteristics of China – their economy, population, physical landscapes and a case study of the Three Gorges Dam
  • The next unit links on nicely from China`s infamous One/Two Child Policy. In the unit on Population, students cover birth and death rates, World population numbers, overpopulation and the effects, population pyramids and migration.
  • In the popular Rivers and Coasts unit, students study the processes of erosion, transportation and deposition. They look at a case Study of the River Tees and learn the features of a river basin. Some students will be able to model a waterfall or meander.
  • Fieldwork Skills - The Geography Department has the opportunity to take students on a field trip to the coast to develop their field work skills. They then return to the classroom to write up a project entitled “What evidence is there for Coastal Erosion in Hunstanton?”.
  • In the unit entitled Brazil and The Living World, students will learn about the Amazonian Tropical Rainforest and ecosystems and in particular the reasons why the TRF is being destroyed. We look at Brazil in general (Physical and human characteristics) and specifically cover Rio de Janeiro as a case study.
  • We end the year with Weather and Climate, a physical unit covering the world`s climate zones, weather symbols and forecasts, The UK`s weather and how to collect and present climate data including drawing a climate graph.
  • To start students will study Development and the concept of economic geography. They will look at how development is measured and the causes of uneven development in the world. We look at the strategies to reduce the development gap – Fair Trade, Investment, Tourism, Aid, Microfinance and Debt relief.
  • Students then move to Physical geography and Tectonics Hazards (Climatic hazards already covered in Year 8) We cover the structure of the earth, plate tectonic theory and continental drift and look at multiple case studies of earthquakes and volcanoes in the world. Notably the Fukushima Tsunami in 2011, the Haiti Earthquake in 2010 and the Volcanic eruption in Nyiragongo. For each, students look at the causes, effects and responses to the hazard.
  • To follow on from Development, we study a small series of lessons on a newly Emerging Economy, notably Nigeria and the changes in recent years. Major Geographical concepts such as population, settlements, resources (oil), the growth of TNC`s and investment, and environmental issues in Nigeria are covered.
  • We then compare this knowledge to the UK Economy and how this is different and how it has changed in recent years.
  • Next topic is Changing Climates – the evidence for climate change and the causes and effects.
  • A popular topic is The Living World – in this unit students answer the following questions: What is an ecosystem? What is a biome and where are they in the world? How does change affect an ecosystem? We specifically look at the Tropical Rainforest in Brazil which links to introductory work started in Year 8.

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