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Curriculum Map

Key Stage Three

At KS3, schemes of work are designed to deliver a broad and interesting range of content and to develop a range of geographical skills.

Year 7

In Year 7 Students learn about how they are connected to the world in ‘Making Connections,’ and ‘Our Wonderful World.’ From this students will make ‘A Landscape In A Box’ and develop their wonder of the Wider World. Map skills are interspersed through the units and these are developed later through the Key Stage.

In term two, students embark on a cross-curricular project on Fairtrade and what it means in combination with RS and History. This leads to development in student knowledge of sustainability and their carbon footprint and the ‘Geography of My Stuff.’ In this unit we look at where our everyday items come from and the impacts this has on global people and the Environment.

The year ends in the study of “The Rise and Rise of China” investigates the factors which affect and effect the rapid changes in contemporary China, offering students opportunities to investigate traditional geographical principles in the context of place-specific knowledge. Based on these investigations, and critical consideration of sources, students will be able to form grounded opinions and re-evaluate their views of contrasting cultures in the context of their own lives and experiences.

Year 8

In Year Eight topics focus on the “Earth our home” promoting physical studies of weathering, erosion, rivers and limestone. Students will understand about Britain’s climate and how our weather is formed, and how all these factors often culminate in major flooding. Students go deeper in to their awareness of sustainability issues and link this to globalisation, tourism and diversification.

Year 9

In Year Nine the focus is upon preparing students for the GCSE course. Students study Coastal and Tectonic Processes and their resulting environments in depth. This is then followed by the issues of urbanisation – with an emphasis on sustainability, which further leads to development of G.I.S. skills and data interpretation.

Guide to assessment linked to topic areas


Key Stage Four

The GCSE Geography course builds upon areas already studied in Key Stage 3 which gives students a solid base from which to start. The topics on this AQA B course covered over the two year course are …


Unit 1 – Managing Coastal and Urban Environments (37.5 % – 90 minute exam)

 A.    Managing The Coastal Environment

With over four billion people living in coastal areas and numbers growing rapidly the need to manage these areas is critical. You will explore key questions such as:

Why are coastal areas a valuable economic and environmental resource?

How have physical processes created the coastal landforms that exist today?

Why are decisions made to manage coastal areas?

How can the management of coastal areas be increasingly sustainable?


B.    Managing The Urban Environment

By 2020 over 70% of the world’s population will live in urban areas. In developing

countries large numbers of people are moving to cities in the hope of improving their quality of life. This rapid urbanisation creates challenges for urban planners in relation to housing, services and the environment. But how can this be managed ?

You will explore key questions such as:

How can urban growth create challenges?

How are inequalities being reduced in urban areas in developed countries?

What are the opportunities and challenges created by urbanisation in developing countries?

How can urban living be increasingly sustainable in our future?


Unit 2 – Investigating a Hostile and Shrinking World (37.5 % – 90 minute exam)

  1.  The Hostile World

Our world is increasingly full of dangers, yet people still live in hazardous areas. We live around plate boundaries; on volcanoes; in the paths of tropical storms and in areas prone to huge wildfires.  We have to be able to understand the causes of these hazards in order to prepare for and respond to them.

You will explore key questions such as:

What are the causes & effects of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions and how do people prepare & respond to them?

What are the causes and effects of tropical storms and wildfires and how do people prepare for and respond to them?


  1. Investigating Global Tourism

The rapid growth of tourism impacts on people and places and requires careful management in order to ensure that it is sustainable and therefore does not damage our environment for good.

You will explore key questions such as:

What opportunities does the growth of the tourism industry create for places?

How does tourism create challenges and conflicts?

How can the tourist industry promote sustainable development?


Unit 3 – Controlled Assessment (25%)

This consists of two pieces of work undertaken at school only.

C.A.1 is a field trip write up of only 1200 words (worth 15%).

C.A.2 is an internet research question that is 800 words long (worth 10%).This piece of work requires you to undertake both primary and secondary research that you can use in examined conditions to write a report approximately 1,200 words in length.  This report will be worth 15% of your final GCSE grade.

There will be two tiers of entry:      Foundation Tier =  C-G Grade

Higher Tier        = A*-D Grade