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Head of department  Ms E Fearnley
Email e.fearnley@haaf.org.uk 

subject overview 

The HAF Geography curriculum is concerned with the world, including the influences we have on it, the natural processes that shape it and ultimately what sustains it. Students learn about the world at different scales so that they understand the big picture but are still able to locate the particular. The curriculum is highly relevant to the current day, concerning itself with everything from climate change to earthquakes to global population growth. Where possible, contextualisation and case studies are used to develop students’ understanding of geographical theory. Students develop a rich geographic vocabulary and learn to write, talk, collect data, analyse and evaluate as geographers. The vertical integration of knowledge throughout each year ensures that essential skills can be developed from Year 7 onwards.  Finally, the curriculum serves a moral purpose: all students complete Key Stage 3 equipped with a love of the world.  


Key Stage 3 Overview

The students all receive a ‘Geography Learning Journey’ at the start of a new academic year. This document maps out how the topics are taught, the order in which they are taught and how the necessary skills and knowledge are connected and subsequently support one another and are revisited through Key Stage 3. The curriculum is divided into three key strands: Our World, Changing World and Challenging World.


Year 7 topics

Our World:

Geography and Me

Fantastic Places

Weather and Climate

Population and Migration


Ice and Polar Regions.


Year 8 topics

Changing World:

Development and Globalisation


Risky World

Coastal Landscapes

Change and Superpowers


 Year 9 Topics

Challenging World



Climate Change


Edexcel GCSE unit: Development Dynamics



Key Stage 3 Homework

Homework is set at least every other lesson to include a variety of activities such as extended writing, using IT to research or a quiz.


Key Stage 4 Overview

Please refer to ‘Geography Learning Journey’ and ‘mapping Key Stage 3 curriculum’ document which map out how the subjects are taught, the order in which they are taught and how the necessary skills and knowledge are connected and subsequently support one another and are revisited through Key Stage 4


Year 10 topics

UK’s Evolving Physical Landscape

Geographical Investigations (physical)

Challenges of an Urbanising World

Hazardous Earth.


Year 11 topics

UK’s Evolving Human Landscape

Unit 3: People and the Biosphere


Consuming Energy resources



How is this qualification assessed?

Edexcel B Geography

Paper 1 Global Geographical Issues (94 marks)

Paper 2 UK Geographical Issues (94 marks)

Paper 3: Making a Geographical Decision (64 marks)

All 1 hour 30 minutes.


Key Stage 4 Homework

Every lesson exam questions are set to be completed for homework.


How is this subject assessed?

There are regular cumulative summative assessments using past papers. Formative and summative assessment is used in every lesson using exam questions. The department marking policy is focussed on exam questions with student responses to improve their answers and every lesson starts with revision of previous unit using a workbook. The department marking policy is that exam questions are marked at least twice a term.


How does this subject fulfil SMSC needs?

Social: Social issues are common themes within Geography. At Key Stage 3 we study the causes of migration and tackle the issue of immigration in the UK and pupils look at the views of asylum seekers and refugees to develop compassion. Year 9 pupils study global warming with an emphasis on how they can make a difference by making small changes to their lifestyles and the differences between mitigation and adaptation. At GCSE, impacts on society are studied in detail from natural disasters to meeting the increasing demand for resources such as oil. Pupils also develop leadership and teamwork both in the classroom and on fieldwork visits.

Moral: Moral issues are a vital part of many of the topics covered in Geography. We look at how the development of cites has put pressure on wildlife and the rural-urban fringe. At GCSE, we cover the issues of an ever-increasing population and the different approaches taken by countries to tackle the problem. Examples include the ‘one child policy’ in China, the education of women in India and the aging population in the UK. We explore issues of poverty and the development of shanty towns and the issues in geopolitics. Students study the moral dilemmas of globalisation and the consequences of it on global warming.

Spiritual: The study of Geography is promoting a sense of wonder and fascination with the physical and human world. An understanding of scale is an important aspect of Geography and how small changes in climate can have far-reaching consequences. Pupils develop an understanding that all life is linked together and create the processes that make Earth the only known inhabited planet. Pupils reflect on the long and short term impacts noting the rights and wrongs linking into the value of justice. The value of stewardship is covered looking at reduce, reuse and recycle.

Cultural: We look at how different cultures and beliefs can impact on issues such as birth control. Students look at the development of settlement within the United Kingdom. At GCSE pupils look at different places such as India and China and are introduced to their customs and traditions allowing pupils to develop their humility and an understanding of the world as a global community.


How does the subject challenge more able pupils?

All planning incorporates the GCSE skills throughout Key Stage 3, using the skills audit to ensure we prepare students to make progress at GCSE. We use ‘challenge’ activities in all lessons and teachers all use data to identify the more able pupils.


What provision is made for pupils with SEND?

Schemes of learning are planned using SEND ‘pupil passport’ recommendations for activities for a wide range of SEND needs such as Powerpoints with blue text on a yellow background, no use of Italics or underlining. Activities are scaffolded and key term lists made to support students. All teachers use seating plans with data and pupil passports to plan for students on an individual basis.


Enrichment and extra-curricular opportunities

There are weekly after-school revision sessions for GCSE students. Fieldwork will be embedded into the Key Stage 3 curriculum in 2020-21.


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