field tripWhat is geography?

Geography is the study of our world, its landscapes, peoples, atmosphere and environments.  It is also about the role we play in all aspects of our world.

How we study geography:

Lessons involve a wide variety of teaching methods to encourage enjoyment of the subject and to encourage all pupils to take part in classes.  Pupils work together in groups creating arguments and opinions; ICT is used as much as possible to allow pupils to research their own interests and to expand their knowledge as well as to allow them to present material in their own unique ways; Practical work such as fieldtrips and experiments  are used frequently to reinforce the practical nature of the subject and to boost pupils’ skills; Pupils are also encouraged to ask questions themselves to encourage their interest in geography and to allow them to see the relevance to their everyday lives.

The department has also recently received a weather station for the school so pupils will have the opportunities to collect their own local data and to analyse this data and make their own local weather forecasts.


The teachers in the geography department expect pupils to work to the best of their ability at all times whether in class or in their homework’s.  All work is expected to be on time and neatly produced as this encourages useful work skills for later in life.  At the same time, pupils can expect the staff to be hard working, interested and fair at all times. 

An ethos of hard work and respect is fostered within the department.

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Programme of study

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In Years 8 to 10 we study:

  • Geography and myself
  • How to use maps
  • Settlements
  • Weather
  • Rocks
  • Population
  • Ecosystems
  • Energy
  • Agriculture
  • Development
  • Industry
  • Earthquakes and volcanoes

Many of these topics lay the foundations for further study at GCSE level.

We study everyday issues and try to understand other people’s opinions.

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GCSE Geography

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GCSE Geography follows the CCEA Specification. This boosts understanding and knowledge of our country through local Case Studies alongside Case Studies from around our world.

The course breakdown is as follows:

Unit 1 – Understanding our Natural World.

This is physical geography and covers the following themes:

Theme A – The Dynamic Landscape (rivers and coasts)

Theme B – Our Changing Weather and Climate

Theme C – The Restless Earth (earth structure, plates and volcanoes)

Unit 2 – Living in Our World

This is human geography:

Theme A – People and Where they love (population and settlement)

Theme B – Contrasts in World Development (LEDCs and MEDCs)

Theme C – Managing World Resources (use of resources, environmental impacts)

Unit 3 – Fieldwork Report

This is a piece of Controlled Assessment, completed under controlled classroom activities based on a fieldtrip, usually a river study.

Assessment is via exams for units 1 and 2, each worth 37.5% of the total mark.

The Controlled Assessment Report is worth 25% overall.

Unit 1 is usually examined in year 11, allowing for greater focus on Controlled Assessment and Unit 2 in year 12.

There are 2 tiers available. Foundation Tier can allows for grades C - G and Higher Tier allows for grades A* - D.


We also learn many skills in geography:

  • Using maps and creating route plans
  • Understanding graphs
  • Organising information
  • Working as part of a team
  • Using a variety of computer programmes
  • Thinking in many different ways
  • Solving problems
  • Making sensible arguments about issues
  • The geography department also take an active role in improving the literacy and numeracy of the pupils within their studies of geography

These skills can be used in many walks of life.

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