Geography is the study of the world in which we live.  This subject explores the Earth’s landscapes, peoples, places and environments and helps us understand and explain how these are changing.

At The Connaught School we seek to help pupils recognise the differences between cultures, societies, economies, and physical environments across the world whilst also establishing what links us all together.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Year 7

Wow – that’s amazing!
This is an introductory topic that visits some of the key skills and themes used in the study of geography.  The concept of sustainability underpins much of this unit.

Rivers 1
This unit explores key features of the drainage basin including landforms and the processes that shape them.

Location of industry
The key idea in this unit is to explore the factors that influence decisions about where economic activities are located.

Tectonic hazards 1
Tectonic plates and their connection to volcanic activity are looked at in this unit.

The characteristics of retail service provision are looked at here.

Decision Making Exercise
This unit provides an opportunity for pupils to explore the significance of values and attitudes to development in earthquake zones.

This unit involves the collection and interpretation of primary data.

Rivers 2
This unit returns to the drainage basin but this time with a focus on the question ‘are we flood ready?’

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Year 8

Diverse coastlines
This unit explores coastal landforms and the processes that shape them.

Economic activity and the physical environment
This unit looks at a range of environmental issues associated with economic development from local issues to global problems and considers how to manage them.

Climatic hazards 1
The causes of drought are explored here.

Population structures
The age and gender profiles of countries are explored here.

Population policies
This unit considers how population change can be managed in a country.

Vulnerable coasts
This unit explores the possible need to protect coastlines and considers methods of coastal management.

The movement of populations is explored in the continent of Africa in this unit.

Decision Making Exercise 
This unit provides an opportunity for pupils to explore the significance of values and attitudes to the development of renewable energy.

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Year 9

This topic questions why we live in a world apart in terms of economic wealth.

Economic activity and the physical environment
The focus here is on the development of tropical rainforests and the need for a balance between economic development and environmental conservation.

Climatic hazards 2
Tropical storms and their impacts are considered in this unit.

Diverse World
We follow a transect through Russia in this topic.

Decision making Exercise
This unit provides an opportunity for pupils to explore the significance of values and attitudes to the development of settlements.

A look at the causes, consequences and management of cities forms the foundation of this topic.

Urban enquiry
Southampton City will be the setting for an investigation into land use in this unit.

We consider who the ‘super powers’ are in this topic.

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Key Stage 4 Curriculum

At Key Stage 4 Pupils follow the OCR GCSE Geography B Specification.  Four key themes are studied in this specification;

  1. Rivers and Coasts
  2. Population and Settlement
  3. Natural Hazards
  4. Economic Development.

The GCSE course is assessed through three methods:

Sustainable Decision Making Exercise: 1 hour 30 minute written paper based on the selection of an approach to sustainable development and a justification of the candidate’s decisions, this is 25% of the qualification.

Geographical Enquiry:  2000 word controlled assessment based on the collection of primary data, this is 25% of the qualification.

Key Geographical Themes Exam:  1 hour 45 minute written paper based on the themes of Rivers & Coasts, Population & Settlement, Natural hazards and Economic Development, this is 50% of the qualification.

For a detailed look at the specification please follow the link below:

GCSE Geography Specification

Year 10 Overview

Year 11 Overview

Extra-curricular activities in Geography

Opportunities exist to attend the Geography Surgery for support with classwork and examination technique.  In addition there are a range of educational visits and experiences for pupils to participate in including a Year 7 trip to Aldershot Water Treatment Works, a Year 9 trip to Southampton City, a visit from Zoolab animal workshops and a GCSE residential trip to the South Coast.  We also compete in the Worldwise Geographical Association quiz, entering teams from a variety of year groups.

Where can Geography take you?

The skills you learn in Geography (such as analysis, interpreting, justifying and reporting) are widely valued by employers and can lead to a variety of different careers.

Just some of the areas people have been employed in through studying geography include:

  • Earth scientist
  • Teacher
  • Surveyor
  • Armed forces
  • Travel writer
  • Cartographer
  • Conservation worker
  • Charity officer
  • Civil Servant
  • Coastal engineer
  • Hydrologist
  • Weather presenter
  • Urban planner
  • Lawyer
  • Tourism