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Geography Curriculum Overview 2017/18

Why study Geography?


Geography is not only up-to-date and relevant, it is one of the most exciting,

adventurous and valuable subjects to study today. So many of the world's current

problems boil down to geography, and need the geographers of the future to help

us understand them.

Geography stimulates your mind and gives pupils the attitude to go out

and see for themselves, rather than be told by others.


Key Stage 3

Year 7

Where am I? It’s all about Location, Location, Location! What is Geography? Place knowledge (continents, oceans, countries, capitals)

Where am I going? Compass points, scale, grid references, contours.

What if I? Imagine if the worst happened, could you survive?

Further map skills The Water Cycle, Ecosystems

Who am I? Knowing me, knowing you!

My Spaces and connections, Britain and Britishness. Settlement, Pop Densities, Weather and Economic activities

Year 8

Red Gold: Is China a new superpower? Population and urbanisation, economic activity. Why China is investing in Africa.

Blue Gold:  Water and its importance. Can the risk of desertification and famine in Africa be reduced? Africa and hot deserts, human and physical processes and interactions, international development.

Black Gold Is oil a blessing or a curse? The Middle East (UAE, Saudi Arabia) and Russia’s polar regions (Arctic 30 etc) Natural resources and climate change.

Year 9

Living on the edge: Plates, plate boundaries volcanoes, earthquakes & Tsunamis.

India: Location, geography, culture & traditions, trade, key physical & human characteristics & major cities.

Geography Rocks :Rocks, weathering and soils, rivers and coasts.

Weather & climate from Ice Age to the present & Glaciation


Key Stage 4

The Geography GCSE (WJEC Spec B) aims to build on the topics covered in Years 7-9 as well as introducing a new development study. The course is split into 3 themes.

1.  Challenges of living in a built environment.

2. Physical processes & relationships between people & the environment.

3. Uneven development & sustainable environments.


Unit 1 is assessed by a 1 hour paper. It is worth 30% of the total marks.

The paper consists of two compulsory questions from theme 1 & 2, each worth 30 marks.

Unit 2a is assessed by a 30 minute paper based on Theme 3.

Unit 2B is a 1 hour 30 minute paper. It is a problem solving paper and may assess knowledge and understanding of any part of the specification. Together Unit 2 makes up 45% of the total marks.

Controlled Assessment – A coursework unit of work based on a key question set by the exam board. Worth a total of 25%


Future Opportunities

GCSE Geography opens up a wide range of possibilities for a career in the future. Many GCSE Geography students go on to study the subject at A level and degree level at university, whilst others use the skills they have developed to study Geology, Meteorology or various careers in scientific research and the civil service.


Extra-Curricular Opportunities

At Key Stage 4 extra revision and coursework preparation sessions are held each week after school. Revision days are also held during the Easter and half term holidays. Key stage 4 pupils also complete a field work day to collect data for their controlled assessment. In Key Stage 3 there are numerous field work opportunities both within and outside the local area.


KS3 Fieldwork

Learning outside of the classroom is equally as important as learning within it. Pupils in KS3 are encouraged to participate in a variety of fieldwork trips from Chester Zoo in Year7 to an Urban study in Year 9.