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 Welcome to the Geography Department

Aims of the subject

We are small but committed department and our main aim is to deliver an exciting and relevant curriculum. We hope that as pupils develop their geographical skills they gain a knowledge and understanding of the world around them and an ability to make sense of how and why the world is changing.

Learning through geography equips pupils with an understanding of people and places at a range of scales. They will learn about their own locality, but also see how we are connected to other places globally. We want them to appreciate how an action in one part of the world may have an impact elsewhere.

Pupils are encouraged to develop enquiry skills and conduct their own investigations. When possible we give them opportunities to conduct fieldwork. We also aim to foster life-long skills such as literacy and numeracy, problem solving, working with others, collecting and presenting information.

Key Stage 3

Year 7 follow a Humanities curriculum. This adopts a thematic approach and gives an introduction to geography, history, religious studies and ICT. They are taught 13 hours over a fortnight.

Year 8 geography lessons – 3 lessons a fortnight

Year 9 geography lessons – 3 lessons a fortnight

During Key Stage 3 pupils are taught about people and places through a diverse range of case studies. As they investigate the wider world they learn about the physical and human landscape, the links between them and how to achieve sustainable futures.

Topics covered include the physical world – rivers, weather and climate, plate tectonics and our coastline. The human world includes – population, migration, development and trade.

Pupils are given real life problems to solve and encouraged to suggest sustainable solutions.

Key Stage 4 ( Years 10 and 11)

The Department enters students for the WJEC examination board exams at GCSE Level. 

The GCSE assessment breaks down into the following components:- 


Unit 1 examines the core
with six compulsory questions, each worth 15 marks

Unit 2 examines the three chosen optional themes. Candidates answer three 20 mark questions

Candidates complete two pieces of Controlled Assessment


●Climate change 

  • Our changing coasts 
  • Weather and climate 
  • Living things 
  • Tourism 
  • Retail and urban change 
  • Economic geography of Wales.

One Controlled assessment is based on the collection and interpretation of fieldwork data ( worth 10% ).

The second assessment is a written report based on a decision making exercise (worth 15%).



The GSCE course is accessible to all pupils and builds on the skills, knowledge and understanding acquired throughout Key Stage 3.

We fully support and nurture our GCSE pupils, and provide revision support outside of timetabled lessons.

 Useful Resources.




Specification A is the award we are studying. This website gives details of the syllabus, plus past papers.




A revision site for Key Stage 4 pupils





A Key Stage 3 resource, useful for homework projects.



A virtual learning environment for teachers and learners. 



Revision and homework tips, quizzes.




A site for all, with revision notes and animations to help with homework.



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