Geography

Year 7

Units Taught   

  • Why is weather important? 
  • Is Thorne special and unique?  
  • Can rivers be controlled?  
  • What impacts where we live? 
  • How can the effects of visitors be managed in National Parks?  

 

Main Skills Developed   

In year 7, students begin to study the Key Stage 3 National Curriculum for Geography, building on their geographical understanding developed at Key Stage 2. Through the topics studied, students will investigate different themes of physical and human geography. They will be able to make connections between what they study, considering how both their local area and places further away change over time.  

 Students will continue to build on the geographical skills learnt at Key Stage 2. Expanding the range of cartographic, graphical, numerical, and statistical skills, throughout their study. 

 How can parents help to support learning?  

 Support with homework tasks, ensuring that key terminology and themes are understood. Encourage an interest in geography-related issues in the news, on a journey or a visit to a new place. Take an active interest in the topics being studied through discussion at home. 

 

Useful Websites   

http://www.coolgeography.co.uk/   

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zrw76sg   

http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/mapzone/   

   

 SMSC & British Values   

We encourage all students to show an interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues and appreciate the viewpoints of others. 

Students acquire a broad general knowledge of different places on a local, national, and international scale. 

Geography also helps pupils to understand society better, for example a comparison between Low Income Countries (LIC’s) and High-Income Countries (HIC’s). Appreciating diversity encourages positive relationships and shared values. It promotes tolerance and partnership, within local and wider communities and encourages students to express their views on key geographical issues. 

These values are also encouraged and rewarded in our day‐to‐day teaching, showing that tolerance, mutual respect, teamwork, and resilience are valued as we aim to build students’ self-esteem. 

  

Year 8 

Units Taught   

  • There is no Planet B (Climate Change focus) 
  • What are the impacts of globalisation?  
  • How is Asia being transformed? (China, India, Russia and The Middle East) 
  • How powerful is water? (Coastal and Glacial focus) 

 

Main Skills Developed   

In year 8, students continue to study the Key Stage 3 National Curriculum for Geography, building on their geographical understanding developed in year 7. Through the topics studied students will investigate different themes of physical and human geography. They will be able to make connections between what they study, considering how past geographical changes impact us today and how our actions will impact others in the future. The extent to which glacial and coastal processes have shaped our landscapes and how this will continue in the future. Students will study population and urban growth, along with climatic and biome comparisons, along with other key themes through a study of Asia and how this has developed as a continent, focusing on the rise of Russia, China, India and the Middle East.   

Students will further improve their emerging use of geographical skills including map skills, analysis of graphs and maps to reach conclusions.   

How can parents help to support learning?   

Support with homework tasks, ensuring that key terminology and themes are understood. Encourage an interest in geography-related issues in the news, on a journey or a visit to a new place. Take an active interest in the topics being studied through discussion at home. 

 

Useful Websites   

http://www.coolgeography.co.uk/   

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zrw76sg   

http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/mapzone/      

 

SMSC & British Values   

We encourage all students to show an interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues and appreciate the viewpoints of others. 

Students acquire a broad general knowledge of different places on a local, national, and international scale. 

Geography also helps pupils to understand society better, for example a comparison between Low Income Countries (LIC’s) and High-Income Countries (HIC’s). Appreciating diversity encourages positive relationships and shared values. It promotes tolerance and partnership, within local and wider communities and encourages students to express their views on key geographical issues. 

These values are also encouraged and rewarded in our day‐to‐day teaching, showing that tolerance, mutual respect, teamwork, and resilience are valued as we aim to build students’ self-esteem. 

 

Year 9

Units Taught  

  • Why is geography a risky business? 
  • Why are ecosystems important? (Tropical Rainforests, Deserts, Tundra Biome focus) 
  • Africa is not a country. 
  • Geographical Enquiry (Fieldwork Focus) 

 

Main Skills Developed  

 In year 9, students continue to study the Key Stage 3 National Curriculum for Geography, expanding their understanding built from year 7 and 8, learning about both familiar and unfamiliar contexts. Initially they will study the impact of tectonic hazards and how these can be managed. Studying a range of biomes, students will consider the links to climate, adaptations and human impacts. Investigating the continent of Africa, its human and physical processes within contrasting countries, alongside the links it makes to other places such as China.   

Students will develop and demonstrate a range of geographical skills, including cartographic, graphical, numerical, and statistical skills, throughout their study.  

Students also develop their investigative, research and enquiry skills. With an ability to think, write and act as a geographer.  

 

How can parents help to support learning?   

Support with homework tasks, ensuring that key terminology and themes are understood. Encourage an interest in geography-related issues in the news, on a journey or a visit to a new place. Take an active interest in the topics being studied through discussion at home, supporting with revision and recap.  

 

Useful Websites   

http://www.coolgeography.co.uk/   

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/zy3ptyc 

http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/mapzone/   

   

SMSC & British Values   

We encourage all students to show an interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues and appreciate the viewpoints of others. 

Students acquire a broad general knowledge of different places on a local, national, and international scale. 

Geography also helps pupils to understand society better, for example a comparison between Low Income Countries (LIC’s) and High-Income Countries (HIC’s). Appreciating diversity encourages positive relationships and shared values. It promotes tolerance and partnership, within local and wider communities and encourages students to express their views on key geographical issues. 

These values are also encouraged and rewarded in our day‐to‐day teaching, showing that tolerance, mutual respect, teamwork, and resilience are valued as we aim to build students’ self-esteem. 

 

Year 10 

Units Taught   

  • Do cold environments bring opportunities or challenges? 
  • How does urbanisation impact LICs/NEEs/HICs? 
  • How do waves shape our coastlines? 
  • Fieldwork Investigation 
  • Why do countries have varying levels of economic development and how can this gap be reduced? 

 

Main Skills Developed   

In year 10, Students begin studying GCSE Geography. Students will contrast and interlink learning from Key Stage 3. Initially considering how ecosystems develop in a cold environment and how fragile they are to human impacts. They will consider the impacts of varying levels of development and how this gap can be reduced. Evaluate the impact of marine and fluvial processes on our Earth, exploring these first hand with a fieldwork visit to Hornsea. Through these units’ students will gain an understanding of the interconnections between physical and human geography by studying the urbanisation of Rio de Janeiro and London.  

Students will develop and demonstrate a range of geographical skills, including cartographic, graphical, numerical, and statistical skills, throughout their study. Students will have many opportunities to make use of Ordnance Survey maps. 

Students also develop their investigative, research and enquiry skills. With an ability to think, write and act as a geographer.  

 

How can parents help to support learning?   

Support with homework tasks, ensuring that key terminology and themes are understood. Encourage an interest in geography-related issues in the news, on a journey or a visit to a new place. Take an active interest in the topics being studied through discussion at home, supporting with revision and recap.  

 

Useful Websites   

http://www.coolgeography.co.uk/   

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/zy3ptyc 

http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/mapzone/   

    

SMSC & British Values  

 

We encourage all students to show an interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues and appreciate the viewpoints of others. 

Students acquire a broad general knowledge of different places on a local, national, and international scale. 

Geography also helps pupils to understand society better, for example a comparison between Low Income Countries (LIC’s) and High-Income Countries (HIC’s). Appreciating diversity encourages positive relationships and shared values. It promotes tolerance and partnership, within local and wider communities and encourages students to express their views on key geographical issues. 

These values are also encouraged and rewarded in our day‐to‐day teaching, showing that tolerance, mutual respect, teamwork, and resilience are valued as we aim to build students’ self-esteem. 

  

Year 11

 

Units Taught  

  • Can we control climate? 
  • How do rivers shape our landscape? 
  • How can we manage our resources? 
  • Geographical Enquiry 

 

Main Skills Developed   

In year 11, students continue to study GCSE Geography and will complete the final units towards their examination. They will create synoptic links from what they have studied in previous years. Drawing on this to understand the formation and nature of tropical storms, changes in climate, and the management of key resources. Further enhancing their geographical skills through analysis of a pre-release document. Through these units’ students will gain an understanding of the interconnections between physical, environmental, and human geography.  

Students will consolidate a range of geographical skills, including cartographic, graphical, numerical, and statistical skills. Students will have opportunities to make use of Ordnance Survey maps  

Students also develop their investigative, research and enquiry skills. With an ability to think, write and act as a geographer.  

 

How can parents help to support learning?   

Support with homework tasks, ensuring that key terminology and themes are understood. Encourage an interest in geography-related issues in the news, on a journey or a visit to a new place. Take an active interest in the topics being studied through discussion at home, supporting with revision and recap.  

 

Useful Websites  

http://www.coolgeography.co.uk/   

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/zy3ptyc 

http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/mapzone/   

    

SMSC & British Values   

We encourage all students to show an interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues and appreciate the viewpoints of others. 

Students acquire a broad general knowledge of different places on a local, national, and international scale. 

Geography also helps pupils to understand society better, for example a comparison between Low Income Countries (LIC’s) and High-Income Countries (HIC’s). Appreciating diversity encourages positive relationships and shared values. It promotes tolerance and partnership, within local and wider communities and encourages students to express their views on key geographical issues. 

These values are also encouraged and rewarded in our day‐to‐day teaching, showing that tolerance, mutual respect, teamwork, and resilience are valued as we aim to build students’ self-esteem. 

 

Year 12

 

Units Taught  

  • How do water and carbon cycles control Earth’s processes? 
  • To what extent can contemporary urban environments be managed? 
  • To what extent does the coastal zone operate as a system? 
  • Geographical Investigation (NEA) 

 

Main Skills Developed   

In year 12, students begin to study A-level Geography. Students build and extend their understanding learnt from GCSE. In doing this, they explore how water and carbon moves around the earth, how urban areas grow and change, how we impact coastal environments and how the world is becoming more interconnected.  

Through studying these topics, students will develop an ability to use key geographical vocabulary, making connections, drawing upon examples, applying understanding to new contexts and an ability to analyse. Students will develop skills in using a range of images, graphs, and maps with an ability to analyse and draw conclusions. 

Through fieldwork, students will connect theory into real life, studying how urban areas change, how coastal processes operate and how ecosystems evolve.  

Students will establish themselves to speak, write and act as geographers. 

 

How can parents help to support learning?   

Support with homework tasks, ensuring that key terminology and themes are understood. Encourage an interest in geography-related issues in the news, on a journey or a visit to a new place. Take an active interest in the topics being studied through discussion at home, supporting with revision and recap.  

 

Useful Websites   

http://www.coolgeography.co.uk/   

https://www.tutor2u.net/geography/collections/a-level-geography-revision-quizzes  

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/as-and-a-level/geography-7037  

   

 

SMSC & British Values   

We encourage all students to show an interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues and appreciate the viewpoints of others. 

Students acquire a broad general knowledge of different places on a local, national, and international scale. 

Geography also helps pupils to understand society better, for example a comparison between Low Income Countries (LIC’s) and High-Income Countries (HIC’s). Appreciating diversity encourages positive relationships and shared values. It promotes tolerance and partnership, within local and wider communities and encourages students to express their views on key geographical issues. 

These values are also encouraged and rewarded in our day‐to‐day teaching, showing that tolerance, mutual respect, teamwork, and resilience are valued as we aim to build students’ self-esteem. 

 

Year 13 

Units Taught   

  • How do places change and adapt over time? 
  • Geographical Investigation (NEA) 
  • How do hazards shape our Earth? 
  • How globalised are we? 

 

Main Skills Developed  

In year 13, students continue their A-level study by building and extending their understanding, creating synoptic links between each of the units of study. In doing this, they explore how contrasting hazards form, how they impact our earth and how they can be managed. Students will evaluate how places change over time, how people influence place decisions and what future places may be like.  

Through studying these topics, students will develop an ability to use key geographical vocabulary, making connections, drawing upon examples, applying understanding to new contexts and an ability to analyse. Students will develop skills in using a range of images, graphs, and maps with an ability to analyse and draw conclusions. 

Through fieldwork, students will connect theory into real life, studying how urban areas change, how coastal processes operate and how ecosystems evolve.  

Students will establish themselves to speak, write and act as geographers. 

 

How can parents help to support learning?   

Support with homework tasks, ensuring that key terminology and themes are understood. Encourage an interest in geography-related issues in the news, on a journey or a visit to a new place. Take an active interest in the topics being studied through discussion at home, supporting with revision and recap.  

 

Useful Websites  

http://www.coolgeography.co.uk/   

https://www.tutor2u.net/geography/collections/a-level-geography-revision-quizzes  

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/as-and-a-level/geography-7037  

   

 

SMSC & British Values  

We encourage all students to show an interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues and appreciate the viewpoints of others. 

Students acquire a broad general knowledge of different places on a local, national, and international scale. 

Geography also helps pupils to understand society better, for example a comparison between Low Income Countries (LIC’s) and High-Income Countries (HIC’s). Appreciating diversity encourages positive relationships and shared values. It promotes tolerance and partnership, within local and wider communities and encourages students to express their views on key geographical issues. 

These values are also encouraged and rewarded in our day‐to‐day teaching, showing that tolerance, mutual respect, teamwork, and resilience are valued as we aim to build students’ self-esteem.