Subject Information - Geography


The Geography department aims to enable students to make sense of the physical and human world around them and inspire a love for Geography through quality first teaching. Not only will this include knowledge of the natural features on Earth, but also the people, cultures, economic and historic features that make each place unique and diverse.

The Geography department at FHES is an enthusiastic and friendly department within a school that is driven to achieve the highest standards. This means we are expecting all students to leave the subject equipped with the tools to not only decipher and understand the complexities of the Earth, but to express this in verbal and written form with confidence.

Studying Geography will enable students to develop their written and verbal skills. They will also develop key transferable skills to other subjects and within the wider world past FHES. For example, data analysis, critically evaluating global events whilst being able to make an informed judgement. All students will be able to participate in discussion, answer cold called questions by being answer ready and feel confident they can approach their teacher to clear up any misunderstanding and all to leave with a greater knowledge of the world around them. It is also an English Baccalaureate (EBacc) subject which, a study by UCL found, effectively opens the door to further routes of study post secondary school.

Students will undertake compulsory fieldwork at GCSE and also some fieldwork to be incorporated in KS3 to solidify learning from within the classroom, to what they can see in the tangible world around them.



Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 7

Bridging the gap.

  • We will know more about basic Geography. What is Geography and the key concepts?

Weather and climate

  • We will know more about: the difference between climate and weather; how to measure them; how they impact biome distribution; adaptations; and  climatic hazards.

Global development of countries.

  • Including measures of development, why countries are able to develop and barriers to development.

Climate Change

  • We will know more about: What climate change is; what has caused climate change in the past; what is the greenhouse effect and the enhanced greenhouse effect; how humans cause the EGhE; what the effects of global warming around the world are.

Geology, Rivers and Flooding

  • We will know more about: The water cycle; what floods are and the causes of them; types of rock and how they relate to rivers and flooding; flood prevention strategies and their advantages and disadvantages; using a concept map to bring ideas together.


  • We will know more about: the different types of settlements; the factors that influence location and land use within a settlement.

Year 8


  • We will know more about: tectonic hazards; the structure of the earth; tectonic plates (including the different types) and where they are found; causes of earthquakes and volcanoes and impacts of tectonic hazards.


  • We will know more about: types of tourism; growth of and decline of tourist industries; development of place due to tourism and advantages and disadvantages of tourism.


  • We will know more about: Where Africa is and basic facts about it classified into SEE. Challenging stereotypes and misconceptions of Africa; Africa’s ranging biomes; where people live in Africa and why this may be.

Coasts (including fieldwork trip)

  • We will know more about: What is the coast and what is it used for; what are waves and the different types; coastal erosion processes; coastal landforms; what is longshore drift and why does it matter; how can we and why should we protect the coast from the power of waves and weathering processes.


  • We will know more about: What is globalisation? How global trade and movement of people has changed over time. How are jeans a great example of globalisation? Where do our clothes come from and is trade always fair? What are some of the benefits and problems of globalisation?

Sustaining Ecosystems 

  • We will know more about: biomes;  how biotic and abiotic elements work together; what the main characteristics of biomes around the world are; tropical rainforest water and nutrient cycle; structure of the tropical rainforest; why is deforestation happening and what are its impacts?


GCSE Geography

Exam Board


Paper 1

Global Geographical Issues

Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes 37.5% of the qualification 94 marks

Content overview

● Topic 1: Hazardous Earth

● Topic 2: Development dynamics

● Topic 3: Challenges of an urbanising world

Paper 2

UK Geographical Issues

 Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes 37.5% of the qualification 94 marks

Content overview

● Topic 4: The UK’s evolving physical landscape – including sub-topics 4A: Coastal change and conflict and 4B: River processes and pressures.

● Topic 5: The UK’s evolving human landscape – including a Case Study - Dynamic UK cities.

● Topic 6: Geographical investigations – including one physical fieldwork investigation and one human fieldwork investigation linked to Topics 4 and 5

Paper 3

People and Environment Issues – Making Geographical Decisions

Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes 25% of the qualification 64 marks

Content overview

● Topic 7: People and the biosphere

● Topic 8: Forests under threat

● Topic 9: Consuming energy resources

Link to the Specification








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