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Stewards Academy

Science Specialist


Geography is the study of the people and the world around us. Geography covers many different topic areas such as the study of natural hazards, weather & climate, population and the formation of landscapes such as coastlines.

The Geography department at Stewards is a thriving department within the Academy. All pupils study Geography at KS3 and Geography is an extremely popular option at GCSE level. We currently have four classes in years 9, 10 and 11 for GCSE Geography.

Geography is taught by three specialists within dedicated teaching rooms. The department is very well resourced and pupils are given the opportunity to learn through a range of exciting topics and lesson activities.   

A key focus for Geography is developing the analytical skills of our pupils and exploring the differences between places is a key element of Geography. Our pupils develop a much deeper understanding of the complex world around them.

Starting in Year 7 and continuing through to year 11, all pupils will be given the opportunity to examine a wide variety of issues. Pupils are encouraged to think critically about the world, a good example would include studying the impacts of natural hazards such as earthquakes. Pupils are given the opportunity to analyse why rich countries can cope far more effectively with the impacts of an earthquake compared to poor countries and how these differences affect the lives of people around the world.

Geography is an ideal subject to support the development of the 5Rs – reflection, responsibility, resilience, respect and resourcefulness. We expect pupils to develop their skills in listening, concentration and taking personal responsibility for their own work and learning. We have very high expectations of our pupils and the quality of the work they produce. With help and guidance we expect all pupils to work to the best of their abilities at all times and with no excuses for poor quality work.

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.