“John Hall, my geography teacher at school inspired me to a lifelong interest in geography and a curiosity about our world which has stayed with me through my life. Geography is a living, breathing subject, constantly adapting itself to change. It is dynamic and relevant. For me geography is a great adventure with a purpose.”

Michael Palin

In Geography lessons students will be encouraged to view the world around them through a range of eyes.  Understanding how people feel allows students to empathise with others in different circumstances around the world. They will learn how the planet has evolved over time and the role that humans play in many of those changes.

KS3 Geography covers a wide range of topics, both from the human and physical world. As students progress through the years they will build on the previous years topics and skills as they focus on the six key areas of study: Weather and climate; Population; Global hazards; Development; Geomorphic processes; Ecosystems. Each year the topics develop both in complexity and scale. For example, in the population half term Year 7 will study the population of Manchester, Year 8 will look at urbanisation in different countries and Year 9 look at population control (focusing on China).

In KS4 students are following the OCR B specification and apply their knowledge and skills gained in KS3 to the exam boards criteria. The strong foundation built in KS3 allows students to be confident in developing their understanding of more complex topics.

In all Year groups there will be an opportunity to attend a field trip and learn about some topics using real life examples. In KS4 these trips are part of the curriculum and will be assessed in the exams.

Focus for Assessments:

Ecosystems, Weather & Climate, Population, Geomorphic, Development and Global Hazards.