Our Geography curriculum

KS3 Geography curriculum

Intent: The Geography curriculum at St Leonard’s is designed for all students to grow in confidence and give them the ability to make informed decisions and develop ideas about the ever changing and challenging spaces around them; to be curious about the physical processes that evolve our landscapes and appreciate that the growth of our human environment creates both opportunities and challenges.
The curriculum enables students to be confident in the use of cultural literacy enabling them to successfully engage in issues at local, national and global scale. It provides opportunities for St Leonard’s students to develop the skills of effective evaluation in economic concepts versus environmentally sustainable issues and come to validated conclusions and decisions. The curriculum also fully allows students to explore, experience and appreciate diversity and culture in its many forms and hence to help prepare for future life experiences in an increasingly globalizing world.
Students are multi skilled using a broad range of Geographical skills such as cartographic, graphicacy, numeracy and data collection methods, which they build up and refine across the curriculum content and in their application to fieldwork enquiries.
Students can appreciate the breadth of study that Geography develops, by applying the physical processes from Science; empathy from RE and the quantitative skills of Mathematics. In addition, they have developed the skills for lifelong learning and appreciation of how geographical knowledge and skills can apply to future careers at every level of society.

Year 7Year 8Year 9
Half term 1Mighty mapsDestination: ChinaEcosystems of Africa
Half term 2Our home islandWater world coastsDevelopment of Africa
Half term 3Weather and climateWater world riversTectonic hazards- earthquakes
Half term 4Fieldwork enquiryOur uneven worldAtmospheric hazards
Half term 5Our connected worldThe Middle EastExtreme weather
Half term 6Summer assessmentSummer assessmentSummer assessment

KS4 GCSE Geography

Exam board: AQA
Course code: 8035
Examinations: Paper 1: Living with the physical environment – 35%, Paper 2: Challenges in the human environment – 35%, Paper 3: Geographical applications – 30%. All papers are 1 hour 30 minutes.
Progression routes: Geographers are multi-talented, the subject allows you to develop skills literacy, numeracy, decision making, presenting and ICT. Geography related careers include: academic, teacher, urban planner, policy analyst, rural planner, aid worker, diplomat, researcher, politician, cartographer.

Year 10Year 11
Half term 1The challenge of natural hazardsUrban issues and challenges
Half term 2Changing economic worldFieldwork – Durham
Half term 3UK physical landscapes – coastal environmentThe living world
Half term 4Fieldwork – SeahamThe challenge of resource management
Half term 5UK physical landscapes – river environmentsPre-release and paper 3
Half term 6UK physical landscapes – river environmentsRevision

KS5 courses

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Updated | 23rd January, 2024 |

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