Intent - At KS3, Geography is about understanding the world we live in. It helps to provide answers to questions about the natural and human aspects of the world. At Saxon Mount School children are encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it.

The geography curriculum at Saxon Mount enables children to develop knowledge and skills that are transferrable to other curriculum areas.  When teaching geography, our intent is to inspire a curiosity and fascination about the world and people within it; to promote the children’s interest and understanding of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with an understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.

At KS4, the pupils will be studying the Developing World, Urban Change in the UK, changing UK Economy and Urbanisation.  This is to include case studies on Nigeria and Bristol.



The Geography curriculum is shaped by our school vision which aims to enable all children, regardless of background, ability or learning need, to flourish. We teach the National Curriculum, ensuring that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children. The local area is fully utilised to achieve desired outcomes, with opportunities for learning outside the classroom on school trips and fieldwork, further embedding the learning that has already taken place. It is hoped that the knowledge and skills will allow the students the opportunity to have access to and undertake GCSE Geography at the end of KS4

Topics studied in Year 7 –

Where on Earth am I - Finding out about the UK and where we live.

Rivers – Learning about the structure and hazards of rivers.

Russia – Learning includes the physical and human features of Russia.


Topics studied in Year 8 –

Coasts – Learning about waves, wave processes and erosion landforms

Weather and Climate – the difference between them and the hazards

Brazil and Rio – Location, rainforest climate, favelas and tourism


Topics covered in Year 9 –

China – Human and Physical features of China.

Energy and Climate Change – Introduction to DTM and development Indicators

Africa and Nigeria – Location climate and development.



GCSE 8035 Exam Board: AQA             Qualification: GCSE 9-1 Level: 1 and 2

This qualification allows pupils the opportunity to develop: communication and interpersonal skills through class discussions and personal opinion, map reading, location and environmental skills with field trips and outdoor activities. Geography also supports literacy and numeracy skills throughout the course.

The specification is made up of the following units;

Living with the physical environment

A: Challenge of natural hazards

B: The living world

C: Physical Landscapes in the UK


Paper 1 – Written – 35%

1 hour 30

88 marks

Challenges in the human environment

A: Urban issues and challenges

B: The changing economic world

C: The challenge of resource management


Paper 2 – Written – 35%

1 hour 30 

88 marks

Geographical Applications

A: Issue evaluation

B: Fieldwork

Geographical Skills


Paper 3 – Controlled

Assessment – 30%

1 hour 15

76 marks