At Great Academy Ashton our aim is, through the teaching of Geography to provide students with an understanding of the diverse world they live in, and how it is constantly changing. We aim to create world citizens with the skills and knowledge to progress further in Geography if desired. 

Our curriculum builds on previous knowledge to support students whilst developing their knowledge and skills further. It allows for a variety of teaching and learning approaches that are used to deliver an exciting and relevant course which allows students to study both physical and human themes and investigate the links between them.

In Year 7 Geography students will extend their locational knowledge and deepen their spatial awareness of the world’s regions. Students will develop geographical skills such as reading maps across a range of scales, interpreting photographs and analysing data to identify geographical patterns and processes.  Students are introduced to geography by focusing on what geography is and how geographical knowledge and skills will help them understand the world.

Students will study:

  • Geography and the Uk
  • Weather
  • Map skills
  • Africa

In Year 8 Geography students will further develop their understanding of physical and human geography by building on the units of work taught in Year 7 with a more global dimension. The curriculum is sequenced to reflect the interconnected nature of geography on varying scales which broadens and deepens their knowledge and understanding. They will use the skills developed in Year to analyse geographical patterns, processes and changes.

Students will study:

  • World climates
  • Climate change and Antarctica
  • Natural hazards
  • Rivers

In Year 9 students will develop a deeper understanding and appreciate the interactions between physical and human processes by building on the units of work taught in Year 7 and 8. Students go on to look at several contemporary issues that help to bring geography to life and understand that places are interdependent. The curriculum is sequenced to ensure that by the end of key stage three, students are ready to start GCSE.

Students will study:

  • Landscapes (Glacial and Coastal)
  • Risky world
  • Urban studies
  • Land of ice and fire

At Key Stage 4 (Year 10 and 11) the AQA GCSE curriculum will drive the students learning and broaden their understanding and knowledge of contrasting places. By drawing on a solid foundation from KS3, students are well placed to access the curriculum allowing them to progress.

In Year 10 students will study:

Paper 1: Living with the physical environment

  • The challenge of natural hazards
  • The living world
  • Physical landscapes in the UK

Paper 3: Geographical applications

  • Fieldwork

In Year 11 students will study:

Paper 2: Challenges in the human environment

  • Urban issues and challenges
  • The changing economic world
  • The challenge of resource management

Paper 3: Geographical applications

  • Issue evaluation