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Stewards Academy

Stewards Academy

Science Specialist


Subject Intent

Geography is the study of the world; exploring the interdependence and relationships between people and the environment. A high-quality geography education will teach pupils to think critically about the world in which they live and develop an appreciation for the human and physical phenomena that shape our world. Students will develop their human and physical geographical knowledge and their wider skills such as interpretation of sources, numeracy and literacy. Students will engage in broad geographical concepts such as space, place, scale, sustainability and interdependence; supporting their acquisition of knowledge. Through this, students can become thoughtful, critical, passionate and globally aware citizens.


The overarching aim for Geography is for all pupils to develop a critical understanding of the world around them, how it is rapidly changing and how these changes will impact both people and the physical environment.

The curriculum for Geography aims to ensure all pupils:

  • Develop their passion and fascination for Geography as a subject and how it is relevant to their lives both now and in the future.
  • Understand how the human and physical world is rapidly changing and to appreciate the potential impacts of these changes.
  • To appreciate the inequalities which exist on regional, national and global scales, including the origins and consequences of these.
  • To understand the complex interrelationships between people and the physical environment.
  • Enhance their understanding of the United Kingdom and its place within the world and their role as young global citizens.

Key Stage 3

Students are taught in mixed ability tutor groups and have three lessons a fortnight. They will explore the following units:

Year 7 Year 8
  • Maps and Britain
  • Population and migration
  • Natural Hazards
  • Africa
  • Casts
  • Weather and Climate
  • Development
  • Cold environments
  • Asia
  • Superpowers
  • Rivers
  • Crime

Extended homework projects may include:

  • Research into topics such as natural hazards
  • Revising and preparing for exams
  • Building models to explain how volcanoes are formed and how they work

Key Stage 4

GCSE Geography

What will I study for GCSE level Geography at Stewards Academy?

At Stewards Academy we follow the new AQA ‘A’ syllabus. The course runs throughout years 9, 10 and 11. The syllabus covers a very wide and interesting range of Geographical topics, many of which are regularly in the news.

The course is split into THREE main components. 

Living with the Physical environment (35% of total marks)

  • The challenge of natural hazards – Volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis & tropical storms.
  • Physical landscapes of the UK – Rivers and coastlines.
  • Living World – Rainforests and fragile ecosystems.

Challenges in the human environment (35% of total marks)

  • Urban issues and challenges.
  • The changing economic world.
  • The challenge of resource management.

 Geographical applications (30% of total marks)

  • Issue evaluation: pre-released exam material.
  • Fieldwork (written in exam conditions)

The course is currently assessed 100% by exams. There will be a strong emphasis on Geographical Skills such as map and graph reading in all the exams.