Department Information

Year 7 Geography

Where in the World?

  • What is Geography
  • Geography in the News
  • Compass Directions
  • Continents
  • Oceans
  • UK Geography

Map Skills

  • Map symbols
  • Four figure grid references
  • Six figure grid references
  • Scale
  • Distance
  • Contour Lines

Tropical Rainforest

  • Distribution
  • Structure
  • Tribes
  • Animal Adaptations
  • Deforestation

Earthquakes & Volcanoes

  • Structure of the Earth
  • Plates
  • Volcanoes
  • Earthquakes
  • Tsunamis

Extreme Environments

  • Antarctic vs Arctic
  • Antarctic Exploration
  • Indigenous Communities
  • Polar Bear Adaptation
  • Threats to Polar Environments
  • Desert Climate
  • Desert Adaptation
  • Desert Survival (Bear Grylls)


Year 8 – Contextual Curriculum


  • Introduction to conflict – what is conflict, causes of conflict, conflict over water, child soldiers, heroin trail in Afghanistan.
  • Are the USA the World’s Policemen? – Is the USA a superpower?, vulnerable nation, war on terror
  • Syria – misconceptions of Syria, physical geography of Syria, impacts of conflict in Syria, impacts of conflict in the UK.

Social Justice

  • Population – development indicators, population pyramids, China’s One/Two child policy, emancipation of women, UK Ageing population
  • Migration – push and pull factors, rural-urban migration, international migration, impacts of migration.
  • Urban Deprivation – crime, health and unemployment in Leeds.


  • What is weather and climate
  • Why does it rain
  • Climate Graphs
  • Anticyclones and Depressions
  • Drought
  • Snow
  • Hurricanes


Year 9 – GCSE Pre Option


  • The Formation of the Galapagos Islands
  • Origins of Plants & Animals
  • Adaptions
  • Discovery and Evolution
  • Conservation
  • Ecotourism


  • Geography of Brazil
  • Ecosystems
  • Stereotypes in Brazil
  • Impacts of Tourism
  • Cocaine
  • Deforestation

Rivers & Coasts

  • Coastal processes
  • Coastal landforms
  • Coastal erosion
  • Hydrological cycle
  • River processes
  • River landforms
  • Flooding


  • MDCs and LDCs
  • Measuring development
  • Debt and Aid
  • Fairtrade
  • Drought


GCSE – Year 10 and 11

Paper 1: Living with the Physical Environment (35%)

  • The Challenge of Natural Hazards – earthquakes, volcanoes, tropical storms, extreme weather, climate change
  • The Living World – ecosystems, tropical rainforests, hot deserts
  • Physical Landscapes in the UK – rivers and coasts.

Paper 2: Challenges in the Human Environment (35%)

  • Urban Issues and Challenges – Urbanisation, megacities, environmental issues, case study of a major city in the UK, urban regeneration, sustainable development.
  • The Changing Economic World – economic development, demographic transition model, tourism, transnational corporations, sustainable development.
  • The Challenge of Resource Management – global inequalities in food, water and energy, areas of surplus and deficit, strategies to increase food supply.

Paper 3: Geographical Applications (30%)

  • Issues Evaluation – Pre release resources available 12 weeks before the exam. The assessment will provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate geographical skills and applied knowledge and understanding by looking at a particular issue derived from the specification using secondary sources.
  • Fieldwork – Students undertake two geographical enquiries, involving the collection of primary data. Students are questioned on their fieldwork in the exam.


Departmental Staff

Miss Marsh – Subject Leader of Geography

Miss Fillingham

Mr Sandford


Support Your Child – Useful links and advice

  • The AQA website, past paper questions, mark schemes and examiners reports for Geography
  • BBC Bitesize
  • Students should also keep up to date with current events through TV news or a quality newspaper/website.


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