Curriculum Statement – Geography

Lead teacher: Mr D Martin

Geography seeks to develop a sense of place and helps students make sense of their surroundings and to gain a better appreciation and understanding of the variety of physical and human conditions on the Earth’s surface. The subject extends students’ interest and knowledge beyond their immediate experiences, using images and information to help them interpret about people and concepts that they acquire from media, internet and textbooks. Geography develops major skill areas: Map and fieldwork skills; cross-curricular skills such as ICT, Literacy and Numeracy; as well as an increasing awareness of the world around us and the idea of sustainability. We want students to become global citizens and show a keen awareness of the geography around them. Geography is everywhere and students at Settlebeck develop a keen awareness and appreciation of the geography around them.

Geography is a sprawling, hybrid discipline that spans both the natural and social sciences. Geography provides students with new ways of thinking about the world using ‘big ideas’ such as Place, Space and Interconnection. Geography Provides students with powerful ways of analysing, explaining and understanding the world. Further, geography gives students power over their own knowledge- students need to know about the discipline and how knowledge has been developed and tested. Geography enables students to follow and participate in debates in significant local, national and global issues and takes students beyond their own local environment allowing them to become global citizens.


Pupils in year 7 and 8 will be exposed to a wide variety of local, national and global issues within both the human and physical worlds and learn how the two realms interconnect with each other as well as the multiple impacts of our own actions on social, economic and environmental issues. Some of the issues that we cover within our topics include climate change, our dwindling resources, the development gap, natural hazards and processes, and our impacts on the human and physical environment. The subject aims to build skills in fieldwork, mapping, graphical skills as well as cross curricular skills such as literacy and numeracy which are prevalent within geography.


We study Geography because it is a multi-faceted discipline that combines the analysis of social questions, environmental issues, and modern real-world solutions. Geographers investigate interactions between the human and physical environments such as the causes and impacts of climate change or the development gap. We equip learners with empathy of other cultures and the variety of local, national and global issues and their solutions through the study of real-world examples as well as using practical fieldwork, investigatory skills and research skills.

Paper 1: Living with the physical environment

  • Section A – The challenge of natural hazards – Tectonic Hazards, Weather Hazards and Climate Change (Haiti earthquake and Typhoon Haiyan).
  • Section B – The Living World – Ecosystems, Tropical Rainforests and Cold environments (Svalbard).
  • Section C – UK Physical Landscapes – Coastal erosion and management (Swanage bay).

Paper 2: Living with the human environment

  • Section A – Urban Issues and Challenges – The Urban World (Rio de Janeiro), Urban change in the UK(Bristol), Sustainable urban development (Bristol).
  • Section B – The Changing Economic World – The Development Gap, Nigeria (NEE), The changing UK economy.
  • Section C – The challenge of resource management – Energy, food and water management.

Paper 3: Geographical Applications and Skills

  • Issue evaluation and fieldwork.
  • Physical Geography fieldwork.
  • Human Geography fieldwork