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Curriculum Leader: Mrs C Leeke -

Geography is the subject which holds the key to our future

Sir Michael Palin - President of the Royal Geographical Society

Learning deepens and children continue to investigate a wide range of people, places and environments. They start to learn about the geographical patterns and processes and the political, economic, social and environmental factors affecting people and places.

View our Learning Journey for Geography here


Our aim is to provide students with a curriculum that is relevant and engaging, and that develops students as global citizens. Geography helps us to explore and understand space and place - recognising the great differences in cultures, political systems, economies, landscapes and environments across the world, and exploring the links between them. It is therefore our aim, to not only develop students’ love for the subject but also their understanding of the world’s current issues, so that they may play their part in finding solutions.

Our curriculum is constantly reviewed to not only ensure that the needs of all students are met but to ensure that students are educated about the most recent geographical issues. 


Geography at Saint George’s provides students with the opportunity to develop a breadth of Geographical knowledge that challenges them academically. They are encouraged to reflect on how our world is changing and challenged to consider how their lives have local and global impacts. The curriculum allows students to develop critical thinking, problem-solving and creativity, linking to real-world problems and the challenges that our world faces. 

We ensure that SEND and disadvantaged children are given the necessary support in class to access the Curriculum fully and that equal opportunities are given to all.


Assessment practices at Saint George’s aim to ensure students have a breadth of geographical knowledge, focusing on both human and physical geography equally. Additionally, it builds students’ geographical skills in map reading, decision-making and data analysis. As well as developing their skills in literacy and numeracy.  


Geography in Key Stage 3 (KS3)

Per fortnight: 3 Lessons

Geography at Key Stage 3 focuses on developing students’ knowledge of the world in which they live. A key focus is developing knowledge of map skills and where places are, applying those skills to population and biome distribution as well as exploring some of the more topical issues that the world is facing. Students are encouraged to develop critical thinking as well as problem-solving.

As students progress there is a greater emphasis on the following areas:

  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Term 1 Map Skills Geology & Glaciation People & The Biosphere
Term 2 Weather & Climate Coasts Forest Under Threat
Term 3 Climate Change Urbanisation Development Dynamics
Term 4 The Geography of Russia Population & World of Work Development Dynamics
Term 5 Rivers Energy Tectonic Hazards
Term 6 The Geography of Africa The Geography of the Middle East Tectonic Hazards

Geography in Key Stage 4 (KS4) 

Per Fortnight: 5 Lessons

Students in Years 10 and 11 follow the Edexcel B Geography specification, which enables students to develop knowledge of key human and physical geography, underpinned through local and global case studies and fieldwork. Students in this course and provided with fundamental transferrable skills and knowledge to help them succeed within Post-16 courses and beyond.

  Year 10 Year 11
Term 1 Tropical Storms Challenges of Urbanisation
Term 2 Climate Change & Energy UK Physical Landscapes - Rivers
Term 3 UK Human Landscapes Development Dynamics
Term 4 UK Human Landscapes People & The Biosphere & Forests Under Threat
Term 5 Uk Physical Landscapes - Geology & Coasts Tectonic Hazards
Term 6 Fieldwork Human & Physical Revision

GCSE Assessments

The course comprises three main themes, which are assessed by examination.

Global Geographical Issues (37.5%) The UK’s Geographical Issues (37.5%) People and Environmental Issues (25%)
Written Examination. 1 Hour 30 minutes. 94 Marks. Written Examination. 1 Hour 30 minutes. 94 Marks. Written Examination. 1 Hour 30 minutes. 64 Marks.
  • Topic 1: Hazardous Earth
  • Topic 2: Development dynamics
  • Topic 3: Challenges of an urbanising world
  • Topic 4: The UK’s evolving physical landscape – including sub-topics
    • 4A: Coastal change and conflict
    • 4B: River processes and pressures.
  • Topic 5: The UK’s evolving human landscape – including a Case Study - Dynamic UK cities.
  • Topic 6: Geographical investigations – including one physical fieldwork investigation and one human fieldwork investigation linked to Topics 4 and 5.
  • Topic 7: People and the biosphere
  • Topic 8: Forests under threat
  • Topic 9: Consuming energy resources

Exam Board: Edexcel GCSE Geography B (9-1) 

Geography Future Paths

Students can progress further to obtain an A Level in Geography 

From environmental consultancies to planning departments, geography can lead you to a variety of careers including data analyst, construction manager, architectural technologist, landscape architect, transport planner and more.

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