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.

In addition, we offer a bi-annual Iceland trip and have another exciting trip in the pipeline for the year in between. Students will also 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.

Further information can be requested from the Head of Department, Ms Rebecca Rogers,



Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 7

Bridging the gap.

  • Basic Geography. What is Geography and key concepts?

Global development of countries.

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

Global Population Distribution.

  • What are the different population structures and where in the world? What causes these structures? Benefits and problems of different population structures.

Weather and climate

  • What are the two, how to measure them, how they impact biome distribution, adaptations, climatic hazards


  • Types of tourism, growth of and decline of tourist industries, development of place due to tourism, advantages and disadvantages of tourism.



The UK’s place in the World

  • How the UK is where it is. Physical features, geology and landforms and why they exist. Human features of the UK. Why is it able to develop? Why are settlements where they are?  Why have cities grown.?

Link the UK with what students have previously studied this year to create synoptic links between all topics.


Year 8

All of year 8 is place based studies which tie in everything students learnt in year 7 and looking at the human and physical geography of a place.


East Africa and the Middle East.

South America.


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 Decisios

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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