Geography is a subject dedicated to study of the lands, the features, the people, and the phenomena of the Earth. The aim of the Geography department is to help our students understand the changing world around them. We want our students to develop the skills they need to help them in doing this.

Geography is now taught for the equivalent of two (50 Minute) lessons in Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9. At KS4, Geography is taught for three lessons a week, over Year 10 and Year 11. Geography is taught in mixed ability groups. There are two field trips at KS4. An Urban Geography field trip takes place in the middle of Year 10 and Physical Geography field trip takes place at the start of Year 11. At KS3, Y8 go on a field trip to Malham in the Yorkshire Dales. A residential trip to Iceland is also offered to GCSE Geography students and then to other students. The nature of Geography means that the content of schemes of work and lesson plans are updated and changed regularly, so that we are able to react quickly to significant world events. We aim to provide our pupils with a rich, varied and engaging curriculum.

Year 7 pupils begin the year with an introductory unit called Fantastic Places. They then do a unit that focuses on the Map Skills they need to be successful in Geography. The third unit is an introduction to Global Warming. They then study plastics and its effects on our oceans. They will then study a unit about Water Resources, followed by a unit of Urbanisation and Sustainable Cities. Finally, Year 7 will study a unit about Globalisation. These units are designed to provide a good foundation for the rest of KS3 Geography and beyond.

Year 8 start the year with a unit studying Earthquake Hazards, part of which includes an assessment relating to a recent earthquake. Other units they study include China, Weather & Climate, and a penultimate unit about Limestone Scenery in the North of England (which forms the basis for their main field trip in KS3). The last unit they study is Russia.

Year 9 begin the year with a unit that includes a mixture of lessons & topics about Africa and Development. The second unit is a study of rainforests and deserts around the world. Then there are units about Geographical Issues making the news, Tourism, and, finally, a unit about coasts which includes a detailed study of the Jurassic Coast in the South of England.

At KS4, Geography is a subject students can opt to take. Geography is a successful and popular subject at KS4. There are three lessons a week for GCSE. Students in Y10 and Y11 follow GCSE AQA Geography. This includes units about ‘The Challenge of Natural Hazards’, ‘Physical Landscapes in the UK’, ‘The Changing Economic World’. ‘The Living World’, ‘The Challenge of Resource management’ and ‘Urban Issues & Challenges’. There is no Controlled Assessment in this syllabus, but there is instead a third exam paper about field work skills and also includes a problem solving/ decision making exercise.

The department offers a variety of extra-curricular activities including a four day trip to Iceland. As previously mentioned, the main field trip the department runs is a day trip to Malham in the Yorkshire Dales in Year 8. At KS4 field work takes place in Manchester & Liverpool, Rivington and sometimes also in Derbyshire,. There are though further opportunities to take part in fieldwork such as trips to the Lake District and a residential trip to Dorset.


Staff permanently in the Geography Department are:

Mr M Makin (HoD)

Mrs D Harvey

Ms S Wade



Year 7

Fantastic Places

Map Skills

Global Warming




Fashion and Globalisation

Introduction to Geography


Moving Rocks

Weathering and erosion.

Coastal Stacks

Pop up Headland

Continents and Oceans

Latitude and Longitude

Grid References

Direction, Distance and Symbols

Scale and Contours


Global Warming- an introduction/ Causes

Global Warming- effects

Responses to Global Warming

Global Warming- Causes, effects and Responses- A letter from the future.

What is the plastic problem?

Plastic in our oceans


How can we fix the plastics problem?

How does the water cycle work?

How much water do we use/need?

Where is all the water?

A World without water

Do we all have a right to water?

Who owns the World’s water?

Where has the Aral sea gone?

How our towns and cities grew

Manchester’s story 1

Manchester’s story 2

Urbanisation around the World

Why do people move to urban areas?

What’s good and bad about urban life?

Life in the slums

A city of the future?

The Global fashion industry

The Nike operation

Why go Global

A fashion victim

Is globalisation a good thing?

Against globalisation




Year 8

Earthquake and volcano Hazards


Weather in Europe

Limestone Landscapes in England


What is our Earth like?

Why do we get earthquakes and volcanoes?

Where do earthquakes and volcanoes occur?

What is an earthquake?

What are the effects of earthquakes?

Why did so many die in the 2010 Haiti earthquake?

Comparing the effects of earthquakes in poor and rich countries

What to do in an earthquake

What do we know about China?

China’s physical features

History of China

Where do people live?

How is China developing?

How is China linked with the rest of the World?

How sustainable is China’s 3 Gorges dam?

Dogtan Ecocity

How does China compare with other countries?

Characteristics of Europe

How can we measure the weather?

Britain’s climate

How does it rain?



What affects climate in Europe?

Climate in Europe

Limestone landscapes in England- an introduction

Where are the upland and lowland areas in England?

Why is limestone special?

What are typical limestone features?

Why should we protect the limestone areas of the Yorkshire Dales?

(Fieldwork Summative Assessment)

Russia- an introduction

Physical features of Russia

Russia’s climate

Russia’s population

Rural vs urban Russia

Russia’s natural resources


Russia and conflict

Russia in our lives

Tourism in Russia


Year 9

Africa’s Changing Economic Development

Ecosystems- Deserts and Rainforests

Geographical Issues



How do holidays connect us to Africa?

How does food connect us to Africa?

Shopping facilities in an African village

What is development?

Ways of measuring development


Comparing development

Formative 1 HDI

Development Gap

Consequences of uneven development

Solutions- closing the development gap

Trade Game

Formative 2 Trade & Aid

Fair Trade


Rural & Urban Kenya

Why do people move- Kenya

Squatter Settlements

Improving squatter settlements

World Biomes and climate zones

Layers and adaption




Rainforest Tribes


Animal adaptations

People in the desert

Introduction to Global Issues

Mexico to USA migration

Environmental Issues

Energy Supply

North sea oil

Sustainable energy futures

Sustainable energy example

What is the tourist industry?

What problems does it cause?

What causes conflict in tourism?

Tourism example in the UK

Tourism example – outside the UK

Sustainable tourism

Tourism fieldwork

Location of major upland and lowland areas in the UK

Wave types

Coastal processes

Erosional landforms


Depositional Landforms

The Dorset coast- Swanage

Coastal Management




Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 7

Coastal Stacks

Map skills

Global Warming

Plastics Pollution Impacts

Water Resources

Sustainable Urban areas

Global Fashion Test

Year 8


Hazards Test

China Test

Weather Forecasts

Limestone Landscapes Test


Year 9

Measuring Development

Development Unit Test

Deserts and Rainforests Test

Geographical Issues Test Question.


Coasts Unit Test



Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 10

The Challenge of Natural Hazards - Tectonic Hazards.

The Challenge of Natural Hazards - Weather Hazards & Climate Change.

Urban Issues and Challenges - Urban Change & A UK City Case Study; Human Geography Fieldwork

Urban Issues and Challenges - A LIC City Case Study; Sustainable Urban Living. 

Physical Landscapes in the UK - Coasts

Physical Landscapes in the UK - Rivers.

Year 11

Physical Geography Fieldwork. Changing Economic World - Economic Development; The Development Gap

Changing Economic World - A Case Study of a LIC/NEE; Economic Futures in The UK.

The Living World - Ecosystems - A Case Study of a Hot Desert & a Case Study of a Tropical Rainforest.

The Challenge of Resource Management - Focusing on Water.

Issue Evaluation & Revision.





Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 10

Earthquakes Test

Atmospheric Hazards and Climate Change Test

Fieldwork Assessment

Challenges in Urban Environment Test

Y10 Exam

Coasts Test

Year 11

Fieldwork Assessment;

Rivers Test

Mock Exams

Changing Economic World Test

Mock Exam (2)

Deserts/ Rainforests Test



Updated: Jan 2022