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Curriculum Overview


Study of Geography at Leventhorpe helps create global citizens that are aware of their place and responsibility in the world. They understand the processes and challenges we face and aspire to make a difference.


Students follow the full KS3 Geography National Curriculum in year 7 & 8. Key core content is explored explicitly, initially, and then underpins further study through recall of knowledge and implementation and development of skills learned. In year 9 students enhance their understanding of human and physical global issues and processes.  They focus on their role as global citizens through greater mastery of content and skills studied and developed in year 7 & 8

Underpinning Content & Skills

Students are introduced to key National Curriculum content and skills explicitly. These are then revisited to build understanding and to allow access to deeper thinking. For example, map skills & locational knowledge are used in all investigations, GIS use is a core part of knowledge and research based homework, data collection and interpretation is a standard tool for understanding content.

Geography Topics Year by Year

Year 7
Autumn Term  

  • What is Geography?
  • Map Skills
  • Big Bang
  • Structure of the Earth
  • Plate Tectonics
  • Key dates in Earth’s history
  • The world today (Biomes) 

Spring Term

  • Exploring Britain
  • In to Britain
  • Features (Human)
  • Features (Physical)
  • Where do we live and why?
  • British identity and movement of people?
  • Exploring Locally
  • Where we live
  • Settlement
  • Land use 

Summer Term

  • Weather & Climate
  • What is weather?
  • Microclimates
  • Extreme Weather
  • Climate Change
  • Sustainable Living
  • Eco footprint
  • Waste and recycling
  • Food and Water

Explicit delivery of National Curriculum Core Content and Skills in Year 7:

OS Maps
Locational Knowledge
Interpretation of Data
Plate Tectonics
Locational Knowledge
Data Collection and Interpretation
Natural Resources

Year 8
Autumn Term  

  • Tectonic Hazards     
    What are hazards?
  • Earthquakes
  • Consequences
  • Volcanoes
  • Consequences
  • Development Gap
  • Where are we?
  • Indicators of development
  • Inequalities
  • NEES
  • Aid

Spring Term

  • Living World
  • Rainforests
  • Deserts
  • Biomes 
  • Changing Places
  • Nation based case studies
  • China
  • India
  • Syria
  • Dubai

Summer Term

  • Coastal Processes
  • Land Form
  • Hard & Soft Engineering
  • Glaciation
  • Russia / Global Citizen
  • Russia
  • Interplay of physical and human Geography
  • Recent development and comparisons
  • End KS3 - Am I a Global Citizen?

Explicit delivery of National Curriculum Core Content and Skills in Year 8:

Plate Tectonics
Economic Sectors
Natural Resources
Middle East
Economic Sectors
Human & Physical Interaction
Locational Knowledge

Year 9

Autumn Term

  • The Global Citizen
  • Autumn Term  
  • Individual to Global
  • Local Human and Physical Geography
  • Making connections to national and international
  • Economic Sectors
  • Migration
  • Sustainability
  • Development Gap
  • Global Understanding
  • UK in the wider world
  • Human and Physical interaction in a global market

Spring Term

  • Global Change (past to present)
  • Economic Development i.e BRICS
  • Widening Development Gap
  • Climate and extreme weather 
  • Global Future
  • Human
  • Newly developing countries
  • Role of China, USA, Russia
  • Consumerism
  • Physical
  • Climate Change
  • Stainability
  • Zero emission plans
  • Biomes 

Summer Term

  • Global Responsibility
  • UK Citizen is a world citizen
  • Aid - Focus on tectonic and atmospheric hazard areas
  • Closing the development gap
  • Independent research project and presentation using data collection, interpretation, GIS and web design.

Key Stage 4

Students follow AQA GCSE Geography 

Units are broken down as follows

Year 10
• Natural Hazards
• The Living World
• Urban Issues and Challenges
• Physical Landscapes in the UK

Year 11
• The Changing Economic World
• The Challenge of Resource Management
• Issues Evaluation

Students will also complete a residential field study at Flatford Mill, Suffolk during the Autumn term of Year 11

Key Stage 5

Students follow Edexcel A Level Geography

Units are broken down as follows

Year 12

  • Dynamic Landscapes
  • Tectonic Hazards and Processes
  • Coastal Landscapes
  • Dynamic Places
  • Globalisation
  • Regenerating Places

Year 13

  • Physical Systems and Sustainability
  • The Water Cycle & Water Insecurity
  • The Carbon Cycle & Energy Security
  • Human System
  • Superpowers
  • Health, Human Rights & Intervention
  • Independent Investigation (NEA)

Students also complete a residential field study at Kingswood Overstrand, Norfolk during September Year 13

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