Year 7

Geography aims to provide pupils with an understanding of the environment in which they live, from a local to a national scale. Topics studied include exploring Britain, extreme environments and weather/climate.

As well as offering a broad knowledge base, the course enables pupils to use a range of skills both specific to geography and relating to other subjects. 

In Year 7, pupils develop map skills and become more familiar with the Geography of the UK, and participate in a field visit to Manchester to study urban regeneration through sport. We also investigate a range of extreme environments around the globe, as well as developing a deeper understanding of the structure and history of planet earth.

Fieldwork plays an important role in Year 7 with pupils participating in an orienteering event in the school grounds and exploring York as part of the Humanities Day. 

Year 8 

In Year 8, Geography helps pupils to understand the nature of the physical and human world around them and, importantly, how they are interconnected.  Interesting topics include ecosystems and the rainforest biome, coasts and an investigation of the links we have with Africa. 

Map work is taken further in Year 8 along with communication, numerical and graphical skills. 

Primary data collection analysis and interpretation are encouraged throughout the year and through fieldwork. 

The coastlines unit of work is supported and enhanced by a fieldtrip to Flamborough Head and the Holderness Coast.

Year 9

In Year 9, Geography pupils will gain an awareness of physical environments and resources, an understanding of the differences between places and the diversity of cultures on a global scale, with particular reference to global development and inequalities, Fairtrade, the Geography of crime and coping with natural hazards.

Problem solving, thinking skills and decision making exercises form essential elements of the course, preparing students for the challenges of GCSE. Homework is 30 minutes once per week for all year groups. 

Key Stage 4

All of our GCSE pupils follow the AQA Geography specification (8035 Teaching from September 2016 onwards), which allows them to explore geography in a balanced framework of physical and human themes and investigate the link between them. There is a focus on ‘real world’ examples and case studies in the United Kingdom, higher income countries (HICs), newly emerging economies (NEEs) and lower income countries (LICs). Topics of study include a balance between physical and human geography, building on ideas and themes that pupils have experienced at Key Stage 3. Pupils are therefore encouraged to understand their role in society by considering different viewpoints, values and attitudes in a broad spectrum of geographical themes.

Pupils will be required to take part in fieldwork during the course which will be assessed as part of the examinations in Year 11. Pupils participate in two fieldwork days during Year 11. We investigate coastal processes and management along the Holderness Coast and visit Beverley to assess the sustainability of the Flemingate retail and leisure development.

Subject Content:

Living with the Physical Environment

  • The challenge of natural hazards
  • The living world
  • Physical landscapes in the UK

Challenges in the Human Environment

  • Urban issues and challenges
  • The changing economic world
  • The challenge of resource management

Geographical Applications

  • Issue evaluation
  • Fieldwork
  • Geographical skills

Written examinations:

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

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

Paper 3: Issue Evaluation (30% of the GCSE)