Geography is a subject dedicated to the study of the lands, the features, the people, and the phenomena of the Earth. The Geography department aims 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 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 a 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 can 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 Plastic & Pollution. 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 urbanisation and sustainable cities. They will then study a unit about Water Resources. 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 Development. The second unit is a study of rainforests and deserts around the world. Then there are units about Geographical Issues making the news and tourism.

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 fieldwork 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 to learn about tourism in Bowness and, sometimes, a residential trip to Dorset.


Staff permanently in the Geography Department are:

Mr M Makin (HoD)

Mrs D Harvey

Ms S Wade



Introduction to Geography


Map Skills

Global Warming



Fashion and Globalisation

Introduction to Geography

What is the plastic problem?

Plastic in our oceans

How can we fix the plastics problem?

Continents and Oceans

Latitude and Longitude

Grid References

Direction, Distance,  Symbols & contours

Scale and distance

Global Warming- an introduction

Global Warming- Causes.

Global Warming- effects

Responses to Global Warming

What is Urbanisation?

Why live in cities?


Life in the slums

A city of the future?

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?

The Global fashion industry

The Nike operation

Why go global

A fashion victim

Is globalisation a good thing?

Against globalisation



Earthquake and volcano Hazards China Weather in Europe Limestone Landscapes in England Russia

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

One Child Policy

Weather and Climate

How can we measure the weather?

Britain’s climate

How does it rain?



Weathering & Erosion

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



Africa’s Changing Economic Development Ecosystems - Deserts and Rainforests Geographical Issues Tourism

How do holidays connect us to Africa?

What is development?

Ways of measuring development


Formative 1 HDI

Development Gap

Solutions- closing the development gap.

Formative 2 Trade & Aid

Tourism used to close the development gap.

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  UK National Parks

Tourism example – outside the UK

Sustainable tourism

Tourism fieldwork




Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 7

Plastics Pollution

Map skills

Global Warming

Sustainable Urban areas

Water Resources

Global Fashion

Year 8


Hazards Test

China Test


Limestone Landscapes


Year 9

Measuring Development

Development Unit Test

Deserts and Rainforests Test

Geographical Issues Test Question


Tourism fieldwork



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: Aug 2022