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What will I Learn?

Geography is a fascinating and varied subject which helps pupils to understand more about the world in which you live. It develops a number of different skills including describing and analysing data, map skills and encouraging attitudes and views. Our aim is to promote a love of geography, both human and physical. All pupils study geography in Years 7 and 8, after which it becomes an optional subject.

Year 7

  • Around the world – pupils begin with an introduction to the characteristics of the world’s continents and the skills an outstanding geographer will develop.
  • Map skills – the use of OS maps and atlases.
  • Ethical geographies – an exploration of the ethical and moral debates in development geography in the context of the geography of food.
  • Weather and climate – exploring what shapes the weather at a variety of different scales from local microclimates to global climate belts.

Year 8

  • Ecosystems – understanding the location and characteristics of the earth’s main ecosystems; focusing ultimately on rainforests and our dependence and effects on them.
  • Fire – investigating plate tectonics and the distribution, impacts and management of volcanic hazards.
  • National Parks and tourism – exploring the characteristics of the UK’s National Parks and the positive and negative impacts of tourism on them.

Year 9

  • Global challenges – investigating the causes and impacts of the global ‘development gap’ and strategies to minimise it.
  • UK challenges – in preparation for GCSE study pupils explore a range of challenges facing the UK over the next 50 years. This include the impacts of population change, the UK’s two speed economy, migration and climate change. Pupils will also consider the ways we can manage these challenges.
  • Coasts – pupils will gain an understanding of the coastal processes that shape our island and the growing importance of coastal management.


Pearson Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Geography A

Pupils will find that the course extends their knowledge gained from year 7-9 and that there is progression and continuity through the course.

Paper 1: The Physical Environment.

  • The changing landscape of the UK
  • Weather hazards and climate change
  • Ecosystems, biodiversity and management

Paper 2: The Human Environment

  • Changing cities
  • Global development
  • Resource management

Paper 3: Geographical Investigations: Fieldwork and UK Challenges

Pupils attend two fieldwork days, the first being in year 10 to Doncaster for an urban study and the second being in year 11 to the Peak District for a river study.