Overview of KS3

In Year 7 students cover a variety of topics including the Physical Geography topics of cold environments, Rivers, Map skills and Tropical Rainforests; while Human Geography focuses on Changing populations and Nigeria.

Moving into Year 8, students further develop their understanding of complex world ideas through a range of engaging and topical schemes of work: Coasts, Resource Security, Climate Change, Natural Hazard, Globalisation and you, food and farming and impossible places, before finishing with an independent fieldwork study that looks at the quality of their local area.

Year 9 is a year that starts the GCSE course. Up to Christmas students study Geographical skills, development around the world and the Problem of Plastic. After Christmas, students start the GCSE course with natural hazards and urban challenges topics.

Throughout KS3 students are developing their literacy skills through working on the quality of their explanation and then evaluation skills, whilst supporting their arguments with real-life examples; oracy plays a key role in helping students to develop reasoned points of view about a wide range of topical issues. Students also have the opportunity to build up their analytical skills through developing their ability to interpret information presented to them in a non-written form, for example through maps, graphs and photos.

Overview of KS4


The GCSE course builds on the skills developed in key stage 3. There are 3 exam papers which cover the following topics.

How will I be assessed?

Paper 1 and 2 are 1 hour 30 minutes; they include a range of multiple-choice, short and long answer questions. Each paper is worth 35%. Paper 3 is 1 hour 15 minutes worth 30% of the GCSE, this has similar styles of exam questions and covers a pre-release element which asks students to answer questions about a particular Geographical issue. The second part of the paper covers fieldwork skills and is based on the fieldwork trips we carry out at the end of Y10/start of Y11.


Grade Ladders

Grade ladders show the skills/content that a pupil is required to demonstrate to reach each particular grade. These can be used by pupils and parents in targeting what they need to do to make progress in each subject.


Curriculum Intent

Please be aware these documents are only draft versions.


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