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Geography Curriculum Intent

Geography is a ‘real world’ subject, applicable to every aspect of life. The study of geography should create more globally conscious and informed citizens.

Geographers should understand how the world works and know their actions can have impacts upon it.  Our aim is to give learners the skills to ‘think like a Geographer’; be socially and environmentally aware, think critically about the world in which they live and analyse situations from an environmental, social, political, and economic perspective. 

Keeping Geography current is crucial to make it engaging and relevant and fieldwork is an essential part of the geography curriculum, developing transferable skills such as teamwork and adaptability.

In physical geography, students will gain an understanding of the physical processes at work shaping the landscape, how climate operates and influences all aspects of physical and human life at local to global scale.  

In human geography, students will develop an understanding of how humans interact with the world and that our actions can have consequences if not managed carefully.  We aim to develop an understanding that not all people live in the same circumstances and the reasons for and consequences of this.

The key theme of sustainability threads through the KS3 curriculum and is built on at KS4.  The KS3 curriculum is designed to underpin KS4 by developing the relevant knowledge, geographical and extended writing skills needed for success.  

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Content

Year 7

  • Fantastic Places
  • Map Skills
  • UK Geography
  • Weather and Climate
  • Ecosystems


Year 8

  • Tectonics
  • Population
  • Physical Landscapes


Year 9

  • Frozen Planet
  • The Geography of Development
  • Global Issues
  • The Challenge of Resource Management


Key Stage 4 Curriculum Content

Order of study:

Year 10

  • Urban Issues and Challenges, including fieldwork
  • Physical Landscapes in the UK, including fieldwork
  • The Living World

Year 11

  • The Living World (if not completed)
  • Changing Economic World
  • Hazards
  • Pre-release preparation for paper 3
  • Revision

Students follow the AQA syllabus at GCSE. This course has been chosen as it covers a wide range of geographical topics. Students are assessed through 3 exams:

Paper 1 – Physical Geography

·         The challenge of natural hazards

·         The living world

·         Physical landscapes in the UK

Paper 2 – Human Geography

·         Urban issues and challenges

·         The changing economic world

·         The challenge of resource management

Paper 3 – Geographical Applications

·         Issue evaluation

·         Geographical skills

·      Fieldwork – students will be asked questions about two specific types of fieldwork, covering the hypotheses below:

Human Geography – ‘To what extent has the redevelopment of Sheffield city centre created social and economic opportunities.’ Fieldtrip in Sheffield.

Physical Geography – ‘Sea defences are positive for the area in which they are built.’ Field trip to Holderness Coast (Mappleton and Bridlington).


Geography Revision Resources:

The Geography area of the student SharePoint has lesson Power Points, knowledge organisers and links to other resources to support student revision at all stages of the curriculum.  Click on the link below to access this - students will need to log in using their usual school username and password.