About Geography 

The geography department area comprises of three subject specialists, two classrooms, one office, and an additional learning space. Each classroom has an interactive digital display to make full use of the extensive library of engaging media to support our teaching of the various topics at both Key Stages. 

Our Philosophy and Aims

The teaching and learning of Geography aims to develop knowledge, skills, concepts, values, and attitudes through an approach that sees Geography as an integral part of the whole school curriculum. Geography offers a unique importance in equipping pupils with key attributes needed for Key Stage 4 and beyond. As a department, we are aware that the secondary level can be the final experience of school geography; therefore, we aim to ensure all students leave with the essential and necessary geography skills needed for all further education and employment opportunities. The following aims and objectives relate directly to Kingsway Park High School and show our contribution as a department towards every student’s aspirations, learning, and achievement. 

Our aims for students studying Geography

Geography seeks to develop a sense of place and helps students make sense of their surroundings and to gain a better appreciation and understanding of the variety of physical and human conditions on the Earth’s surface. The subject extends students interest and knowledge beyond their immediate experiences, using images and information to help them interpret about people and concepts that they acquire from media, internet and textbooks. Geography develops major skill areas: Map and fieldwork skills; cross-curricular skills such as ICT, Literacy and Numeracy; as well as an increasing awareness of the world around us and the idea of sustainability. We want students to become global citizens and show a keen awareness of the geography around them. Geography is everywhere and students at KPHS develop a keen awareness and appreciation of the geography around them. 

Year 7 and 8 

In years 7 and 8, students study skills in geography through topics that are relevant and modern in today’s ever-changing world. 

Curriculum Information for Y7 and Y8 

Year 9,10 and 11

Curriculum Intent for Geography

We study Geography because it is a multi-faceted discipline that combines the analysis of social questions, environmental issues, and modern real world solutions. Geographers investigate interactions between the human and physical environments such as the causes and impacts of climate change. We equip learners with empathy of other cultures through the study of real world examples. Using practical fieldwork and research skills, we investigate problems on variety of scales from local (food banks) to global (water shortages). 

Content of Course:

Paper 1: Living with the physical environment 

  • Section A – The challenge of natural hazards – Tectonic Hazards, Weather Hazards and Climate Change. 
  • Section B – The Living World – Ecosystems, Tropical Rainforests and Hot Deserts. 
  • Section C – UK Physical Landscapes – Coastal erosion in Hornsea Yorkshire. 

Paper 2: Living with the human environment 

  • Section A – Urban Issues and Challenges – The Urban World (Rio de Janeiro), Urban change in the UK(Manchester), Sustainable urban development (Manchester). 
  • Section B – The Changing Economic World – The Development Gap, Nigeria (NEE), The changing UK economy. 
  • Section C – The challenge of resource management – Energy, food and water management. 

Paper 3: Geographical Applications and Skills 

  • Issue evaluation and fieldwork. 
  • Physical Geography fieldwork: River study in Malham. 
  • Human Geography fieldwork: Castleton study. 


Exam 1 (35%) 

  • Living with the Physical Environment(1 Hour 30 Minutes) 

Exam 2 (35%) 

  • Living with the Human Environment(1 Hour 30 Minutes) 

Exam 3 (30%) 

  • This exam includes two compulsory fieldwork visits to rural and urban areas. Geographical Applications and Skills (Fieldwork) (1 hour 15 Minutes) 


Course link: AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Geography 

Student Voice

Home Learning Policy

Home Learning Intent:

In geography, we set home learning to support the teaching and learning from the classroom to help to broaden the knowledge and understand of the world around us. 

Home learning will support the area of study as part of the departments spiral curriculum through Years 7 to 11. 

Students who complete home learning for your geography will gain a better understanding of the subject and become more aware of the human and physical interaction of the world around us. 

Students who complete homework have a better chance of getting a higher grade in because they are more likely to remember the content needed for GCSE.  

Revision and self-study links 

  • Links are provided in the relevant home learning policies per year group 
  • Seneca learning widget to AQA GCSE Business 

The school gave my son all of the help & support that he needed,which has made him much more confident in himself


The school gave my son all of the help & support that he needed,which has made him much more confident in himself


The school gave my son all of the help & support that he needed,which has made him much more confident in himself

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