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Subject: Geography

Subject/Curriculum Leader: Miss C Weale

An enquiry-based approach is at the heart of the Geography curriculum.  The well sequenced curriculum is designed to spiral the geographical knowledge and skills in order for students to constantly revisit and progress their Geographical awareness of the whole world, from a local, national and global perspective. 

The Geography Department seeks to teach powerful geography to inspire students to be interested and curious about their knowledge of the dynamic world they are connected to.  It is our aim that the students should leave looking and sounding like mastered Geographers.

The delivery of the curriculum is inter-linked with other curriculum areas to create a holistic approach to learning in a fun and engaging way.  We offer a variety of current up to date topics with different experiments, field work and activities built in to allow students to explore learning in different ways. 

An understanding of the natural world and what’s in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfilment.” David Attenborough


Key Stage 3

In year 7, 8 and 9 we deliver five Geography lessons a fortnight that build on the foundations of Geography taught at Key Stage 2.   The enquiry-based approach is designed to develop students to be critical thinkers and encourages them to question the world in which they live.  Their Geography skills and knowledge are built up over the three years through a variety of enjoyable yet ambitious application tasks that process and develop their learning as well as making links to other subject areas studied.

Each scheme of work includes a range of different and challenging processes and concepts to learn and the broad nature of Geography utilises learning and skills from all other subject areas, including in particular English, maths and science.

Fieldwork is an integral component of the Geography curriculum and is built into the enquiry-based approach through a variety of different fieldwork approaches from virtual, school based, local and further afield trips. 

Year 7 - Autumn term

How fantastic is our world?

Is the earth running out of natural resources?

How does ice change the world?


Year 7 - Spring term

What is an economy?


Year 7 - Summer term

Why is the Holderness coastline so famous?

Is the Geography of Russia a curse or benefit?


Year 8 - Autumn term

What is development?

How are populations changing?


Year 8 - Spring term

Is it safe to live in a hazard zone?


Year 8 - Summer term

Why do oceans matter?

Why does Norton flood?


Year 9 - Autumn term

How does Geography influence conflict?

How is Asia being transformed?


Year 9 - Spring term

Why is the Middle East an important world region?

What is the Earth’s future?


Year 9 - Summer term

GCSE The UK’s evolving human landscape


Key Stage 4

The popularity of the Geography department can be seen with large numbers of students choosing to study Geography at GCSE at both Norton College and nationally.  

At Key Stage 4, students study the Edexcel Geography Spec B programme of learning.

Final assessment of these GCSEs will take place at the end of Year 11, in the form of three separate examinations with the third being a decision-making exercise.  In preparation for these examinations, students study three main components Global issues, UK geographical issues and People and the environment issues – making geographical decisions.

Over the course of the two years and half years, students study these components in an enquiry-based approach with a variety of different applications to process their learning.  Fieldwork is a significant part of the GCSE course thoroughly enjoyed by students.


Year 10 - Autumn term

People and the biosphere

Forests under threat


Year 10 - Spring term

Consuming energy resources


Year 10 - Summer term

The UK’s evolving physical landscape

Geographical investigations


Year 11 - Autumn term

Hazardous earth


Year 11 - Spring term

Development dynamics

Challenges of an urbanising world


Year 11 - Summer term



Key Stage 5

The popularity of the Geography Department can be seen increasing numbers into A Level Geography where the Edexcel course is followed, which continues from the GCSE programme of study.

The academic rigor of the course is support by students having access to the Royal Geographical Society and Geographical Association sites where journals, podcasts and materials can be utilised by students to gain deeper understanding of the topics being taught.  The course covers a wide breadth of Geographical content that examines the Earth and how systems work and interact as well as how the dynamic world is constantly changing.


Year 12 - Autumn term

Dynamic Landscapes


Year 12 - Spring term

Dynamic places


Year 12 - Summer term

Physical systems and sustainability


Year 13

Autumn term

Human systems and Geopolitics


Year 13 - Spring term

Field work

Independent investigation


Year 13 - Summer term