Geography Curriculum Overview 2019-20

The grid below gives an overview of the curriculum for this academic year

Year 7

Global Connections

  • How people and places are connected at a variety of scales (local, regional, national and global) and how they interact over time;
  • How to ask geographical questions, think critically and constructively and expand their personal experiences of geography.

Map Skills

  • To read, interpret and analyse a variety of maps and scales, including Ordnance Survey maps.

Exploring Britain

  • About the physical and human environments around the UK;
  • Understand the diverse nature of Britain.


  • Students look at how settlements have changed over time and why.


  • About tropical rainforests to include how people live in the Amazon and the plants and animals that are found there;
  • The river Amazon and its features.


  • Factors that cause microclimates;
  • Study the school’s microclimate.

Year 8

Climate Change

  • How and why global climate is changing over time, the impacts of climatic change on people and places, the management strategies available to develop enquiry skills.

Hot, arid environments

  • How and why hot, arid environments are changing over time;
  • How people and wildlife are adapted to hot, arid environments;
  • How hot, arid environments can be sustainably managed.

Building a dam

  • Students learn the reasons why such structures are constructed and the advantages and disadvantages that large scale water management schemes can have;
  • Decision making skills developed.

The Arctic Environment

  • How and why the Arctic environment is changing over time;
  • How people and wildlife are adapted to the Arctic environment;
  • How the Arctic environment can be sustainably managed.

Saving Endangered Species

  • How and why some wildlife species are endangered;
  • How wildlife has adapted to their environment;
  • How wildlife and their environment can be sustainably managed.

Cultural diversity and conflict

  • How and why do cultures conflict?
  • How can cultural conflicts be managed?

Year 9


  • What are tornadoes and how do they form?
  • What are the impacts of tornadoes?
  • How can tornadoes be managed?

Development and globalisation

  • Understand what development and globalization are
  • Understand that countries are at different stages of development and how we measure development
  • The key differences between ACs and LIDCs
  • The barriers to development
  • Positive and negative impacts of globalization
  • The role fair trade can play in tackling exploitation of workers in LIDCs


  • What is the human and physical environment in Australia like
  • What are the push and pull factors for life in Australia
  • What are the benefits and drawbacks of migration to Australia
  • Causes and impacts of wildfires in Australia.


  • To understand the responsibility of protecting and sustaining our wildlife, ecosystems, and entire planet lies with their generation;
  • Understand the causes of this global issue and the impacts it has;
  • Explore solutions both at a small and large scale.

Geographical skills revision

    • A short recap of map skills.


OCR B – Geography for enquiring minds

Our Natural World

Changing Climate

  • Analyse patterns of climate change from the start of the Quaternary period to the present day, considering the reliability of a range of evidence for the changes
  • Theories relating to natural climate change and consider the influence of humans on the greenhouse effect.
  • Social, economic and environmental impacts of climate change at both local and global scales

Distinctive Landscapes

  • To understand how processes make landscapes distinctive.
  • An understanding of how the geomorphic processes shape river and coastal landscapes
  • Consider the impact of human influence on these

Sustaining Ecosystems

  • Explore the distribution and characteristics of the Earth’s ecological wonders;
  • Investigate two contrasting ecosystems of tropical rainforests and polar environments, exploring physical cycles and processes that make these ecosystems distinctive, the threats posed to their existence and how humans are attempting to manage them for a more sustainable future

People and Society

Urban Futures

  • Explore why, and consider how the global pattern of urbanisation is changing;
  • Study two cities, one from an advanced country (AC) and one from either an emerging and developing country (EDC) or a low-income developing country (LIDC). Within each city, contrasting ways of life, geographical processes, problems and solutions.

Dynamic Development

  • Consider the changing nature and distribution of countries along the development spectrum
  • Examine the causes of uneven development
  • In-depth study of one country, considering its development journey so far, how its global connections may influence the future and possible alternative development strategies

UK in the 21st Century

  • Study the diverse range of cultures, identities and economies make up the patchwork of the UK
    Consider some of the drivers for change
  • Look at the global significance of the UK
  • Investigate the UK’s political and cultural connections with the rest of the world

Resource Reliance

  • Investigates emerging patterns, where demand is outstripping supply
  • Consider the question ‘can we feed nine billion people?’
  • Study what it means to be food secure, how countries try to achieve this and reflect upon the sustainability of strategies to increase food security

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