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Newman Catholic College

NewmanCatholic College

A UNICEF Rights Respecting School


Geography is concerned with the study of places, the human and physical processes that shape them and the people who live in them. It helps students make sense of their surroundings and the wider world.




Keystage 3 overview 

The programme of study is based on the requirements of the National Curriculum.

Our department aims to provide a stimulating and rewarding geographical experience for all, and help students become thoughtful geographers and independent thinkers.

To achieve this we will:

  • Provide a geography curriculum that is relevant to our pupils
  • Develop pupil's independence and confidence through geographical enquiry
  • Ensure that all pupils are able to access the curriculum and make good progress.

Year 7

In Year 7 pupils study 4 units: •What is Geography?

  • Map Skills
  • Rivers and Flooding
  • Settlements

Year 8

Year 8 pupils study 5 units:

  • Weather and Climate
  • Extreme Weather
  • Ecosystems
  • Population
  • Tourism

Year 9

In Year 9 pupils study 4 units

  • Development
  • Globalisation
  • Environmental Issues
  • Earthquakes and Volcanoes

Key stage 4 overview 

At GCSE we follow OCR Specification A
Unit 1 – Contemporary Themes in Geography

  • Extreme Environments
  • The Global Citizen
  • Similarities and Differences

Unit 2 - Geographical Skills
Unit 3 – Local Geographical Investigation Assessment

  • One 1 hour and 45 minutes exam 50% •One 1 hour and 15 minutes exam 25% Controlled Assessment 2000 words 25%

Year 10

In Year 10 Pupils will cover

Extreme Environments

  • Mountains
  • Deserts

Similarities and differences

  • Population
  • Settlement