Curriculum - Geography

Why is the study of Geography important?

Michael Palin, a renowned explorer and geographer, states that ‘Geography students hold the key to the world’s problems’ and for that very reason studying Geography is important for the students of Sirius Academy West. We all live our everyday lives geographically. Earth is our home. It is awe-inspiring, diverse, dynamic, exciting and ever changing. The study of geography draws on personal experience to help us better understand the places we live in, why they matter and how these places are connected to a globalised world. Geography is the study of the Earth’s people, places, environments, landscapes and cultures and it looks at issues from physical, cultural, economic and political perspectives, highlighting key issues for the present and future, from issues affecting us in Hull to global issues and the connection and impact we can have. Through geography, we learn to appreciate the diversity of landscapes, peoples and cultures with our world and local communities. Geography is therefore a vital subject for 21st century global citizens, enabling us to ask questions and explore what it means to live sustainably in an interdependent world.  Geography helps us investigate and to think critically and creatively about the difficulties of different places, and views and feelings relating to countries on a range of scales. Geography is a subject, which builds on young people’s own experiences, helping them to develop their intellectual skills and find answers to issues affecting their lives. It also introduces them to distinctive investigative tools such as maps, fieldwork and the use of powerful digital communication technologies. It opens their eyes to the beauty and wonder around them and acts as a source of inspiration and creativity. Geography at Sirius Academy West aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to be successful global citizens and realise they really do hold the key too many of the world’s problems.

What will the study of Geography teach you?

Geography at Sirius has two main aims; to make the student’s successful learners and confident individuals. This will be done through a variety of engaging and exciting topics, which will concentrate on the student’s as global citizens with an emphasis on human, physical and environmental topics. The study of Geography will teach students to appreciate their local area of Hull and East Yorkshire and to expand their horizons beyond the area, acquiring a thirst for knowledge about the world they live in. There will be a huge emphasis of geographic skills across all key stages allowing students to confidently use a range of sources of information to identify patterns and create graphs and maps. The study of Geography will also teach you a range of vital skills such as:

  • Developing written and verbal arguments using evidence on a range of key topics.
  • Analysing issues, processes and decisions.
  • Gathering primary and secondary information and using this to complete fieldwork tasks.
  • Presenting a range of graphs, maps and diagrams using data.
  • Assess the effectiveness of scheme, processes and management strategies.
  • Evaluate a range of methods, events and patterns,
  • Asking questions and developing an inquisitive mind.

How does the study of Geography support your study in other subjects?

Many of the skills that we focus on in Geography lessons at Sirius Academy West can be transferred into their study of other subjects and, into making the students rounded global citizens. We feel that once the skills have been taught and through continued development, the students are allowing themselves to apply this to the understanding of every topic across the curriculum. No other subject in school will link so many factors together as one.
Geography has links across the whole curriculum with subjects such as Science, Maths, English, History and even more creative subjects like Art, Drama and Music. Through the range of exciting topics and themes, students are able to see how Geography compliments all areas of the curriculum. Geography, like English and History focuses on student’s interpretation of texts and sources and the development of verbal and written skills in English. Our links with maths are through the use of data to both interpret and analyse and through data presentation techniques. There are many areas of the curriculum where Science overlaps, such as through the study of climate change, energy and the hydrological cycle. You will also develop skills such as independent learning, research method that can be used widely across all subject areas.
Cross-curricular links will always be highlighted in lessons and will be encouraged throughout Key Stage 3-5.

Key Assessment Objectives
There are 4 assessment objectives:
Demonstrating knowledge of locations, places, processes, environments and different scales.
Demonstrates geographical understanding of concepts and how they are used in relation to places, environments and processes; the interrelationships between places, environments and processes.
Apply knowledge and understanding to interpret, analyse and evaluate geographical information and issues to make judgements.
Select, adapt and use a variety of skills and techniques to investigate questions and issues and communicate findings.

How can the study of Geography support you in the future?

The range of skills developed from studying Geography at Key Stage 3, GCSE, A-level and even up to degree level are relevant to almost any job or workplace. The study of Geography develops a wide range of transferable skills such as explanation, analysis, evaluation, interpretation as well as the use of statistical skills and fieldwork, which are highly regarded by colleges, universities and employers.

Geography is studied at all major universities across the UK and students can study this alongside other subjects of interest or as a single honour.

The job market has become increasingly competitive and international. However, the transferable knowledge and skills developed by studying geography are actively sought out by employers allowing graduate geographers to consistently experience lower than average levels of unemployment. Geography graduates are currently less likely to be unemployed than graduates who have studied other degrees.

Geographers fulfil a wide range of careers; here are a few examples of the field of work you could go into;

  • Town Planning
  • Travel and tourism
  • Teaching
  • Retail
  • Management
  • Transport
  • Financial services
  • Cartographer
  • Commercial/residential surveyor
  • Environmental consultant
  • Geographical information systems officer
  • Planning and development surveyor
  • Data Quality officer
  • Commercial/residential surveyor
  • Environmental consultant
  • Geographical information systems officer
  • Planning and development surveyor

There are many famous people who have studied Geography, the Duke of Cambridge, Mother Teresa and Michael Palin are a few examples. Others include Immanuel Kant, the philosopher; Alexander von Humboldt, the naturalist and explorer; Hugh Dennis, the comedian; and television presenter Chris Tarrant.

Top athletes have also graduated in the subject, including Michael Jordan, the basketball player; Olympic gold medal-winning rowers Sir Matthew Pinsent and James Cracknell; and former England rugby player Rob Andrew.

Anita Roddick, the founder of the Body Shop, and David Harvey, the geographer and anthropologist, also hold degrees in the subject.

Geography Subject Overview

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  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11

Autumn 1

What is our world like?
An in-depth look at our amazing world and the countries within it. This unit focuses on many aspects of human and physical geography.

What is it like to live in Europe?
An overview of the human and physical geography of Europe with links to topics such as the EU debate and migration.

Why is Brazil a country of contrasts?
A focus on the colourful and vibrant country of Brazil. Students will look at both human and physical factors, which have shaped the country.

The Living World
Ecosystems exist at a range of scales and involve the interaction between biotic and abiotic components. Distinctive characteristics and issues in ecosystems will be studied.

Fieldwork Enquiry
2 contrasting fieldwork opportunities for all students.


Autumn 2

Geography and Me
A look at our links from Hull to countries across the world and our ‘place’ within society.

How can we use our resources more sustainably?
A detailed look at the changing and increasing demand for renewable and sustainable resources.

Where can I go on holiday?
Tourism is one of the world’s most economically active sectors and an important part of live for many people around the world. The challenges and threats as well as the opportunities for tourism are explored in this unit.

The Living World (Continued)


River landscapes in the UK
A closer look at the distinctive fluvial landforms which result from different physical processes and the management strategies

Changing Economic World
Global variations in economic development and quality of life is a controversial issue and the strategies, which exist to reduce the gap, is important globally.

Spring 1

Where are the World’s fantastic Places?
A topic to stimulate an interest in and a sense of wonder about places around the world. The main emphasis is the key concept of place, developing students’ ‘geographical imaginations’ of places at a variety of scales and understanding the physical and human characteristics of them.

Why is Geography in the news?
An up to date and relevant overview of geographical concepts and themes, which are in the news. This will help students understand how geography affects their everyday lives.

Why is our Earth so unstable?
A look at our dynamic earth and how natural hazards pose major risks to people and property.

River Landscapes in the UK (Continued)


Coastal landscapes in the UK
A detailed look at the distinctive Holderness Coast and the landforms created through the rock type and physical processes.

Changing Economic World (Continued)
Global variations in economic development and quality of life is a controversial issue and the strategies, which exist to reduce the gap, is important globally.
Resource Management
The changing demand for energy and resources in the UK and globally and how it creates opportunities and challenges for the population. A focus on sustainability.


Revision of key themes identified through student voice and examination analysis.

Spring 2

Why is our weather so changeable?
A look at the different weather and climate concepts, which effect the world in which we live.

Why is Geography in the news? (Continued)

Why is our Earth so unstable? (Continued)



Why is our atmosphere unstable?
Students will study the global atmospheric circulation system and how it determines patterns of weather and climate. Focus will be on hazards such as tropical storms and the way the weather affects people and environments.

Urban Issues and Challenges
Living in an urbanised world has its major challenges and students will have the opportunity to look at the challenges cities are faced with due to the ever-growing population. Urban sustainability is also a key concept to be discussed.

Pre-Release Material

Exam board pre-release preparation.

Summer 1

What are the opportunities and challenges facing
An overview of the physical and human geography in the diverse continent of Africa. Students will develop their understanding about the challenges and opportunities, which exist.

How are populations changing?
A look at the changing populations on a global scale and within the UK. Students will develop an understand of what countries are doing to control populations.

Is the UK’s weather getting extreme?
A key question, which is currently a hot topic of discussion in the media. Links to climate change and the impact of these extreme weather events is studied.

Urban Issues and Challenges (Continued)

As above


Revision of key themes identified through student voice and examination analysis.

Summer 2

How does a river change downstream?
Students will look at why rivers are important and the different processes, which create landforms from source to mouth.

Why the UK’s are coasts changing?
The Holderness Coastline is the fasting eroding coastline in Europe and forms the backbone of this unit. Students will understand the impact of the changes on both people and the environment.

Why is climate change a threat?
Climate change is a controversial topic, which has sparked many debates in recent years. Students will look at the threats within Hull and globally.

Geographical Applications

Consolidation of geographical skills.


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