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Newman Catholic College

NewmanCatholic College

A UNICEF Rights Respecting School


 ​​“Geography explains the past, illuminates the present and prepares us for the future. What could be more important than that?"

 Michael Palin, Ex-president of the Royal Geographical Society

At Newman Catholic College, we provide a Geography curriculum that inspires in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. The Curriculum equips pupils with knowledge about diverse places and people together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge helps them to deepen their understanding of the world and their place in it.

Geography at Newman is dynamic, contemporary and relevant because we expose our pupils to issues and environments outside of their every day , lived  experience. Some students may have limited cultural and travel experience outside of their immediate environment. We aim to address this through opportunities for fieldwork and investigations, which allows pupils to consider our changing world, and their role within it.

Our geography students will become global citizens and  leave Newman Catholic College  with the ability to apply geographical skills to their everyday life. These skills are transferable and valuable in an evolving job market.

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