The first lesson we learn in Geography is…… Geography is everything!

Geography permeates all aspects of our everyday life. It affects us all, from our journey to school and the factors of current economics that make us decide whether to drive or walk to exploring in the far-flung reaches of the world and seeing how climate change has affected sinking tropical islands in the pacific or how economics can affect development.

The Geography Department at Edgbarrow School is a vibrant, popular and very successful department. Our students achieve great things and become outstanding geographers.

Our geography curriculum is designed with enjoyment at its core, because to learn and be engaged, you must also be enjoying your studies. This is why the Geography curriculum at Edgbarrow school is designed to be relevant, engaging and topical. This is backed up with high quality first teaching from our experienced group of teachers who all work towards the same goals but who each have their own outstanding styles of teaching.

We are a forward-thinking department who are always looking to innovate in the classroom. We use modern pedagogical techniques to encourage deep learning and excellent knowledge recall.

We in the department believe it is crucially important for students to be able to discuss openly the issues of a changing global environment and we encourage the students to share their experiences along the way.

Key Staff

Mr Russell-Smith - Head of Department
Mr Bibby
Mr Birch
Mr Burges
Mr Macfarlane
Mrs Noss

Curriculum Intent

Geography helps students experience the awe and wonder of the world, to understand their place in it and how they can have a positive impact at a local, national and global scale. Geography is essentially the study of everything!

Key Stage 3

By the end of Key Stage 3 all students will become “skilled Geographers”. Through the teaching of various topics, students will learn and be assessed on the following core geographical skills:

  • Describe
  • Explain
  • Evaluate
  • Map Skills
  • Numeracy

Each lesson taught incorporates at least one of these skills. This leads the students to be equipped with the right core Geographical skills to move on to GCSE Geography.

Students are also encouraged to use their skills of investigation and fieldwork alongside developing knowledge recall, deep learning and revision skills. This all helps to create independent learners who have a love of learning and a thirst for knowledge.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Map

Assessment Bands

Students will follow national guidelines throughout Key Stage 3 to support and prepare them for their Key Stage 4 courses. The school operates a banding system of 1-9 (9 being the highest band). Students will be given a target based upon their Key Stage 2 scores and baseline assessments on arrival at Edgbarrow.  The band they are awarded at the end of the Key Stage is intended to be indicative of the grade they may achieve at GCSE.


Summary Curriculum Plan

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Key Stage 4

We aim to further develop the key skills and knowledge learnt at both Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 in order to be successful in Geography GCSE.

Students will improve their knowledge of locations, places, processes and environments at different scales (AO1) and be able to demonstrate geographical understanding of concepts and how they are used in relation to places, environments and processes and the interrelationships between places, environments and processes (AO2).

Students will learn how to apply knowledge and understanding to interpret, analyse and evaluate geographical information and issues to make judgements (AO3) and will be able to select, adapt and use a variety of skills and techniques to investigate questions and issues and communicate findings (AO4).

A particular focus will be on the more advanced evaluative skills, as these are important when answering many 6-mark and 9-mark questions in their exam.

We will continue to encourage a love of learning and make sure the students are ready for their GCSEs and their next step in their journey whatever that might be.

Summary Curriculum Plan

Year 10

Year 11

Key Stage 5

A-Level Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of places, environments, concepts, processes, interactions and change at a variety of scales (AO1). A particular area of focus will be developing how students can apply this knowledge and understanding in different contexts to interpret, analyse and evaluate geographical information and issues (AO2).

They will also build on their knowledge of relevant quantitative, qualitative and fieldwork skills (AO3) to:

  • investigate geographical questions and issues

  • interpret, analyse and evaluate data and evidence

  • construct arguments and draw conclusions

Students will also develop their independence as young adults, particularly in the completion of their NEA, which will also help develop their investigative and research skills, preparing them for the next stage after A-Levels.

Summary Curriculum Plan

Year 12

Year 13


It is our intent that pupils with special educational needs/disabilities (SEND) follow the same curriculum, learn alongside their peers and achieve similar outcomes.

In addition, they may benefit from additional opportunities in the lessons and in the co-curricular activities that are arranged especially for them.

SEND Implementation and Impact

Pupil Premium Intent


Reading Aims:

  • To ensure students are equipped to understand command words in questions.
  • To ensure students are equipped with a range of independent reading strategies to aid comprehension when reading.
  • To support students in understanding complex vocabulary that they encounter in their reading.
  • To encourage students to read geographical literature for pleasure outside of the lessons.

Writing aims:

  • To ensure students are equipped with strategies to construct their answers.
  • To ensure students are equipped with a range of independent strategies to enable them to plan their answers carefully.
  • To equip students with strategies to reflect on their written responses.
  • To explicitly teach subject specific key terms and their application within written tasks.
  • To support students in writing clearly and concisely making good use of subject specific vocabulary.

Spoken Language Aims:

  • To ensure students are equipped to use a range of vocabulary as well as subject specific vocabulary in their spoken language
  • To support students to use spoken Standard English
  • To teach students how to listen and respond formally
  • To provide students with opportunities for structured talk

Select for Literacy Strategies


Geography offers opportunities for students to take part in clubs, trips and fieldtrips.



Year Group

 Natural History museum

December each year

Year 7

Cheddar Gorge


Year 8

Cotswold Animal Park

Summer (enrichment)

Year 9

GCSE fieldwork trip to Reading


Year 10 Geography students

GCSE fieldwork trip to Bournemouth


Year 10 Geography students


Feb half term (every two years)

All GCSE and A-Level students (Years 10 to 13)

Nettlecombe fieldwork trip

Summer (July)

Year 12 A-Level students


Bournemouth fieldwork

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Iceland Trip

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Natural History Museum

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Cheddar Gorge

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Geography Club

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Nettlecombe Fieldtrip

Independent Study

Key Stage 3

Independent Study details

Reading List Suggestions 

Key Stage 4

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Key Stage 5

Select to view current reading lists.

For further information regarding our Geography Curriculum please contact:
Mr Russell-Smith