Geography “Inspiring awe and wonder in the world around us”

Our Geography Curriculum intends to:

  • Inspire pupils all-through to develop curiosity and fascination about the world and its people.

  • Equip pupils all-through with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.

  • Give pupils all-through the geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time..

Year 9 course content:

In Year 9, we develop the skills, knowledge and understanding of the subject, building on what pupils learned in Years 7 and 8.

Autumn term

  • Fieldwork skills- Pupils will learn about the process of a geographical enquiry and have the opportunity to conduct their own investigation on the effect of retail in Winchester.

  • Population change and management- This topic focuses on how populations are changing worldwide, the issues which arise as a result and how it can be managed.

Spring term

  • Resource management- Pupils will investigate how water, food and energy are being managed in the UK. There will also be a specific focus on how food is being managed around the world and how we are to meet global demands for food in the 21st century.

Summer term

  • Ecosystems- Pupils will learn about the distribution of ecosystems around the world. There will be specific case studies focusing on the challenges, opportunities and management of the tropical rain forest and cold environments.

Year 10 and 11 course content:

Pupils will be following the AQA GCSE Geography course which will cover the following topics:

Paper 1: Living with the Physical Environment

Section A: The challenge of natural hazards- pupils will gain a deeper understanding of tectonic and climatic hazards, climate change and weather hazards in the UK.

Section B: The Living World- pupils will consider the key characteristics of ecosystems around the world, with a more in depth study of cold environments.

Section C: Physical Landscapes in the UK- pupils will learn about the physical and human processes which impact fluvial and coastal environments in the UK

Paper 2: Challenges in the Human Environment

Section A: Urban issues and Challenges- pupils will gain an insight into the opportunities and challenges which face urban environments in the context of a newly emerging economy and a high income country.

Section B: The Changing Economic World- pupils will explore how economies evolve and change over time, with a particular focus on the economies of Nigeria and the UK.

Section C: The Challenge of Resource Management- pupils will develop an understanding of how resources are managed both in the UK and the wider world, with a particular focus on the management of food.

Paper 3: Geographical Applications

Section A: Issue Evaluation- pupils will have to evaluate and analyse the challenges, impacts and management of a geographical issue. The topic will be provided in the form of a pre-release booklet 12 weeks prior to the exam.

Section B: Fieldwork- pupils will have the opportunity to complete fieldwork in an urban and rural setting.


  • After each unit of work there will be a summative assessment, using GCSE practice questions.

  • During lessons and home learning tasks, pupils will be assessed through a range of key marking points which will focus on different skills such as writing longer mark answers,