Meet the Department

Miss Allsopp Curriculum Leader
Mrs K York Teacher
Mrs P Wingham Teacher/Assistant Head
Miss Hawkey Teacher

Subject Overview

At Bishop Challoner Catholic School we aim to provide a high quality geography education which inspire students to develop a fascination and curiosity about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.

Our topics should equip learners with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources, and environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. The skills and activities geography students cover (collaboration, analysing evidence, problem-solving, making decisions and critically evaluating information, ideas and viewpoints) stands them in good stead for further education and the workplace.

The geography team are ready to assist students beyond the classroom should the need arise.

Click or tap here to see the Learning Journey

Curriculum Map

Autumn Spring Summer
Year 7 Wonderful World

Map skills and world geography

Weather and Climate

Causes of weather, weather events and factors affecting climate.



Locations, places and cultures

Africa (continued)

Locations, places and cultures


Urbanisation and Economic Activity

Settlement, urban change and managing urban areas

Year 8 Rivers

Water cycling, river basin, landforms.



Causes and consequences of flooding events

Flooding (continued)

Causes and consequences of flooding events


Population and Migration

Population statistics, population pyramids, population management strategies.

Population and Migration (continued)

Population statistics, population pyramids, population management strategies.


Natural Hazards

Tectonic hazards – volcanoes and earthquakes

Year 9




Development across the world and examples of changes in levels of development.

Glacial landforms

Glacial processes, landforms and management.


What is fair trade and its links to climate change.

Coasts landforms in the UK

Coastal processes, landforms and management.



Year 10 Year 11
Physical Landscapes in the UK

  • UK upland/lowland areas and river systems
  • coastal processes, landforms, features & management
  • river processes, landforms, features & flooding
Urban Issues and Challenges

  • rapid urbanisation and change
  • urban growth and change in LICs/NEEs and the UK
  • sustainable living
The Challenge of Natural Hazards

  • types of natural hazards
  • tectonic hazards – cause, effects, responses & management
  • patterns of weather and climate
  • tropical storms – causes, features, distribution & effects
  • extreme weather in the UK & climate change
The Changing Economic World

  • global variations in development
  • reducing the development gap
  • rapid economic development (LICs and NEEs)
  • changes to the UK economy and growth
The Living World

  • small-scale ecosystems (UK), global ecosystems location & features
  • tropical rainforest – features, deforestation & management
  • hot deserts – features, opportunities, challenges & risks.
Fieldwork Projects (x2) (urban and coastal)

  • data collection at a teacher chosen study area
  • data presentation, analysis, conclusions and evaluation.
The Challenge of Resource Management

  • inequalities in supply and consumption of resources
  • supply and demand of resources in the UK
  • demand for energy resources, insecurities and strategies to increase supply

This should be conducted both at home, in class (where time permits) and during lunchtime and/or after school revision sessions.

Assessments (examinations):

There are a variety of ways in which our students, across KS3 and KS4 are assessed from mid unit tests, end of unit assessments, mocks, extended writing answers and low stakes quizzes.

Exam Board/Criteria:

You are studying the AQA (8035) GCSE Specification (

You will complete three written examinations:

  • Paper 1 (35%) – Living with the Physical Environment (The Challenges of Natural Hazards, The Living World, Physical Landscapes in the UK and Geographical Skills)
  • Paper 2 (35%) – Challenges in the Human Environment (Urban Issues and Challenges, The Changing Economic World, The Challenges of Resource Management and Geographical Skills)

Paper 3 (30%) – Geographical Applications (Issue Evaluations, Assessing Fieldwork Skills and Geographical Skills)

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

Fieldtrips are an important part of geography and inspiring curiosity about our world.

We are looking at the opportunities on offer in each year group to grow our current provision.  Residential trips to Iceland take place and are very popular with our students.

The Eco-school’s group is also part of the geography department.  We meet weekly on a Wednesday lunchtime to help improve out local environment.

Helpful Links

AQA Geography Specification:

All of the content covered within the course


All students have a login for the student book which covers most of the course)

Seneca Learning:

Students can sign up with their school email address.  Please note that all year 10 and 11 students have already been invited to join Seneca specific classes by their geography teacher.  This website is great for both pre learning and revision.


This links takes you to a revision section on all topics, but be careful with regard to examples/case studies as they may not match what we have studied.


Brainscape: to make own flashcards or download theirs

Gojimo: Question and Answer (some of the content we do not do)

For further information on the curriculum please email

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