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Students will develop a clear understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes that have shaped our landscape and environments.

The learning in geography will enhance students’ interchangeable skills in communication, numeracy and ICT. We want students to develop geographical skills: collecting and analysing data, using maps, atlases, globes, aerial photographs and digital mapping to name, identify and locate countries, continents and oceans. We aim to ensure that students are able to communicate their learning in a variety of ways, including sketch maps with a key and diagrams, tables and graphs and writing.

The department aims to provide a breadth of study in geography. The course enables all students to apply their knowledge and understanding of key concepts to new situations with confidence and to solve problems independently, as well as developing critical thinking. We encourage all students to be able to pose questions, hypothesise, observe and evaluate, using their knowledge and understanding of geography and moral issues. Our department aims to encourage all students to be aware of the technological, social, political, ethical, environmental and economic implications of geography. The topics we study are interlinked and build on previous skills and content whilst introducing new knowledge and concepts. 

To further demonstrate the importance of geography, the department will continue to foster relationships with other subjects outside of the humanities umbrella to make links clear to students. These include a wide variety of topics such as climate change, earth science, maths skills, literacy, SMSC, superpowers and study of the local area. 

We want students to enjoy and love learning about geography both inside and outside the classroom, including educational visits to develop fieldwork and to practice their geographical skills. We will do this through visits to the coastline, nearby cities, the local area, including the River Lea and inside our school grounds. We feel that this demonstrates how even our most local surroundings can offer an insight into the wider world. 

At all times in geography classes we encourage students to develop and build on our school values. This can be seen through the attitude both inside and outside of the classroom towards the subject among the students. We use these skills as a basis for enhancing students' awareness, encouraging them to think about the local, national and international world around them - we fully believe that we are developing true “world citizens”. 


Year 7 Topics:

  • Our Island Home
  • Deserts (hot and cold)
  • World Issues – tourism, Fairtrade, food miles
  • Weather and Climate
  • Population and Settlement
  • Rivers

Year 8 Topics:

  • Restless Earth – volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis
  • Brazil
  • Climate and Energy
  • Crime and Conflict
  • Amazing Landscapes – coasts and glaciation
  • Globalisation

Year 9 Topics

  • Tropical Rainforests
  • Superpowers
  • Population and Settlement*
  • Rivers*
  • Biomes
  • Decision Making Exercises (DME)

Assessments will be in a variety of formats including;

  • written pieces of work, for example a Decision Making Exercise (DME)
  • multiple choice style questions
  • recall of knowledge from previous topics
  • presentations

*Some topics that were not delivered due to lockdown have been reorganised to ensure all key concepts and knowledge are taught at Key Stage 3. All lessons are well adapted to year groups and abilities to ensure all students are challenged.

Key Stage 4

We deliver the Edexcel B Specification (Pearson) to our Key Stage 4 students. To prepare students for their terminal exams we ensure that we practice all skills and knowledge required, and expose students to the different formats of questions that they could be faced with in the exams.

Paper 1

Paper 2

Paper 3

Name of the paper

Global Geographical Issues

UK Geographical Issues

People and Environment Issues – Making Geographical Decisions

Length of paper

1 hour and 30 minutes

1 hour and 30 minutes

1 hour and 30 minutes

Type of questions

Contains a range of multiple choice, short answer questions, extended questions, calculations and 8 mark extended answer questions.

Contains a range of multiple choice, short answer questions, extended questions, calculations and 8 mark extended answer questions.

Contains a range of multiple-choice questions, short answer questions and extended answer questions. There will also be a choice of one decision making question worth 12 marks. 

Amount of GCSE the paper is worth




Topics in the paper

Topic 1: Hazardous Earth

Topic 2: Development dynamics

Topic 3: Challenges of an urbanising world

Topic 4: The UK’s evolving physical landscape – including sub-topics 4A: Coastal change and conflict and 4B: River processes and pressures.

Topic 5: The UK’s evolving human landscape – including a Case Study - Dynamic UK cities.

Topic 6: Geographical investigations – including one physical fieldwork investigation and one human fieldwork investigation linked to Topics 4 and 5.

Topic 7: People and the biosphere

Topic 8: Forests under threat

Topic 9: Consuming energy resources


  • Fieldwork opportunities
  • National competitions
  • Reading lists and geography in the news
  • Online webinars
  • Eco Council

Our team has worked together with students to gain the Eco Schools Green Flag. This involved working through the steps to success and implementing our Eco Schools Council Plan in the school. All year groups are able to get involved in our Eco Council.

Key Skills you will learn:

  • Locational knowledge, including map and atlas work
  • Place knowledge
  • Human and physical geography – the characteristics of locations and the processes affecting them and their populations. How people interact with their environments
  • GIS (Geographical Information Systems)
  • Literacy and numeracy development
  • Critical thinking and problem solving.

Geographic skills provide the necessary tools and techniques for us to think geographically. They are central to geography’s distinctive approach to understanding Earth’s physical and human patterns and processes… Geographic skills are used in making decisions important to everyday life - where to buy or rent a home; where to get a job; how to get to work or to a friend’s house; and where to shop, vacation, or go to school.
National Geographic

Next Steps:


  • A Levels e.g. geography, geology, environmental science, sociology, psychology, politics, ethics and philosophy
  • BTECs and other vocational routes such as T Levels e.g. travel and tourism, sciences, agriculture, land management and production, design, surveying and planning for construction
  • University Courses such as: geography BA or BSc, environmental science, architecture, geology, archaeology, law, town planning, global studies, international relations, anthropology

To find out More:

Why you should study geography

Jobs and careers in geography

Going places with geography


Head of Department: Miss E Gill - egill@qesluton.co.uk