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Geography

"The study of geography is more than just memorising places on a map. It is about understanding the complexity of our world." Barack Obama

The Geography Team (part of the Humanities Faculty)

Geography is all about both the physical and human world around us and by its nature is constantly changing.  The Geography team work together to create and follow detailed schemes of work in order to provide up-to-date and interesting lessons that deliver the curriculum in an engaging way that is relevant to the lives of our students.

For revision materials please see the bottom of this page.

The Curriculum

Key Stage 3

Students in Years 7, 8 & 9 receive four 60 minute lessons per fortnight.  Students are taught in mixed ability groups throughout Key Stage 3 (KS3).  Progress is tracked and monitored by the department to provide additional support and intervention. Students complete a baseline assessment on entry  The topics studied at KS3 are the building blocks of those studied in KS4, with some GCSE topics being introduced in parts of year 9.

Click here to see the KS3 long term curriculum plan.

Key Stage 4

Students in Years 10 & 11 receive five 60 minute lessons a fortnight. The two year GCSE course is taken with the AQA examination board.  There are 3 exams:

The topics for Paper 1 are studied in Year 10 while the topics for Paper 2 are studied in Year 11.

The Physical Environment fieldwork trip is completed in Year 10 and the Human Environment fieldwork trip in Year 11; Paper 3 examines what the students learn on these trips, it is therefore essential that students attend them. They are an opportunity to experience Geography in the real world and can be fun!

For a brief overview of what is on each of the three exam papers, please click here.  

Students are taught in mixed ability groups and progress is tracked and monitored by the department to provide additional support and intervention. Students complete a range of both formal and informal assessments in class, as well as mock and real examinations.  Exam questions will contain 'command words' that indicate how they should be answered, e.g. 'describe' or 'explain'.  For a full list of command words and what they mean, click here.

Click here to see the KS4 long term curriculum plan.

Revision and catch-up sessions

Each Tuesday and Thursday students are welcome to come to room 104 to revise or catch-up work they have missed.  Teachers may also direct students to come for either 30 or 60 minutes to these sessions if they have classwork or homework to complete.

Revision and useful Links

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Enrichment

A variety of field trips take place that are linked to the curriculum and are designed to enhance students' learning and appreciation of the geography around them.

Year 7 -  Local school site study

Year 8 - Weather and Climate 


Year 9 – Bolton Abbey and tourism


Year 10 – Holderness coast (Physical environment)


Year 11 – Halifax (Human environment)

The field trips in Years 10 and 11 are essential components of Paper 3 as this exam will directly refer to the work students complete on the day and in follow-up lessons.

GCSE students also have the opportunity to go to Italy on a residential field trip in October 2020.