Our Geography Team

An Introduction to Geography​

In geography we study the Earth’s landscapes, peoples, places and environments. It is, quite simply, about the world in which we live.

Geography is unique in bridging the social sciences (human geography) with the natural sciences (physical geography). Human geography concerns the understanding of the dynamics of cultures, societies and economies, and physical geography concerns the understanding of the dynamics of physical landscapes and the environment.

Year 7

During year 7, we aim to develop the pupils sense of place and the interrelationships between physical and human geography. We also focus on geographical skills so that pupils can locate places and features accurately at both local and global scale.

  • Unit 1 – World of Wonder
  • Unit 2 – Me and My Country
  • Unit 3 – Rivers
  • Unit 4 – Brazil
  • Unit 5 – Ecosystems
  • Unit 6 – Local Area Enquiry
Year 8

In year 8, pupils begin to take into consideration how economic development effects different locations. They will start to consider how location and wealth effect quality of life and standard of living.

  • Unit 1 – Flooding
  • Unit 2 – Location, Location, Location
  • Unit 3 – Development
  • Unit 4 –  Europe the EU and Italy
  • Unit 5 – Volcanoes
  • Unit 6 – Geographical Enquiry
Year 9

By Year 9, pupils have a greater understanding of their place in the world and how they can effect local, national and global communities. We now begin to foster an appreciation of sustainable development and the co-operation that is required to achieve this. Pupils will be able to give informed and justified opinions using their diverse knowledge of places, features and environments.

  • Unit 1 – Population
  • Unit 2 – Tectonics and Earthquakes
  • Unit 3 – Amazing World
  • Unit 4 – Challenges for the future
  • Unit 5 – Risky World
  • Unit 6 – Issues Enquiry

Key Stage 4 – AQA GCSE Geography​

The specification enables a variety of teaching and learning approaches. The course studies geography in a balanced framework of physical and human themes and investigates the link between them.

Pupils will travel the world from their classroom, exploring case studies in the United Kingdom (UK), higher income countries (HICs), newly emerging economies (NEEs) and lower income countries (LICs).

Topics of study include climate change, poverty, deprivation, global shifts in economic power and the challenge of sustainable resource use. Pupils are also encouraged to understand their role in society, by considering different viewpoints, values and attitudes.

Living with the physical environment

Section A: The challenge of natural hazards

Section B: The living world

Section C: Physical landscapes in the UK

Challenges in the human environment

Section A: Urban issues and challenges

Section B: The changing economic world

Section C: The challenge of resource management

Geographical applications

Section A: Issue evaluation

Section B: Fieldwork

Geographical skills