Notre Dame Catholic College
and Sixth Form

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

Geography

Our geography curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential geographical knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It introduces students to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.

Miss J McNulty

Miss J McNulty

Head of Geography

Our geography curriculum is carefully designed and delivered to:

 

  • inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives” (OPENING HEARTS through inspiration)
  • equip pupils 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. (OPENING MINDS to new knowledge)
  • deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments (OPENING MINDS to deeper understanding)
  • further develop geographical disciplines including data analysis, source interpretation and the effective communication of geographical information (OPENING DOORS through the application of developing scholarly disciplines)

 

Year 7, 8 and 9 Curriculum Content

Our Key Stage 3 geography curriculum honours the breadth and ambition of the geography national curriculum for Key Stage 3.

Year 7Unit/Topic
AutumnUnit 1: Understanding the world around us - What makes Liverpool a great place?
SpringUnit 3: Understanding the world around us. – What is the weather and climate like around the world?
SummerUnit 5: Understanding the world around us – What features make up The UK’s landscape?

Year 7 Geography Curriculum Map

Year 8Unit/Topic
AutumnHow is our climate changing?
SpringHow are urban areas developing?
SummerHow are ecosystems changing?

Year 8 Geography Curriculum Map

Year 9Unit/Topic
AutumnWill it ever be safe to live near plate boundaries?
SpringWill population growth ever slow down?
SummerWill there be enough resources for everybody?

Year 9 Geography Curriculum Map

At GCSE, each unit selected allows students to develop their knowledge clearly.

Year 10 Unit/Topic
Autumn HT1Tectonic Hazards - Understand the formation and tectonic hazards and why risk differs around the world.
Autumn HT2Climate Change - Understand the natural and human causes of climate change and evidence of past and future change.
Spring HT1Ecosystems - Understand the abiotic and biotic characteristics of hot deserts and the challenges and opportunities to development in these regions.
Spring HT2Rivers - Understand the features of rivers relating to river processes from source to mouth and flooding
Spring HT2Coasts - Understand the coastal processes that lead to changes in the landscape, linking to landforms and management.
Summer HT1Resource Management (Food) - Understand the global inequalities of resources; changes in demand and sustainable strategies to tackle issues related to food shortages.
Summer HT2Fieldwork and Geographical Investigation

Year 10 Geography Curriculum Map

Year 11Unit/Topic
Autumn HT1Urban Issues and Challenges - Understand the development gap and its indicators, in addition to ways it can be reduced around the world and in a UK setting.
Autumn HT2Changing Economic World - Understand the development gap and its indicators, in addition to ways it can be reduced around the world and in a UK setting.
Spring HT1Resource Management (Food) - Understand the global inequalities of resources; changes in demand and sustainable strategies to tackle issues related to food shortages
Spring HT2Understand the pre-release booklet and its geographical issues associated
Summer HT1Revision
Summer HT2Revision

Year 11 Geography Curriculum Map

Key Stage 4 Geography students follow the AQA GCSE Geography specification and BTEC Travel and Tourism. For further details, please follow the link below.

Download Full GCSE Geography specification

Download Full BTEC Travel and Tourism specification

 

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A Student’s View

Studying geography has opened my eyes to the world around me and really made me think about the impact my generation can have on the future of our planet. I studied GCSE and A-Level Geography at Notre Dame and went on to study Geography at the University of Liverpool.  I enjoyed it so much I have recently returned to Notre Dame as a Geography Teacher! 

Miss Allen