Geography at Stanley High School encourages students to not only understand the skills and techniques of the subject, but to also develop a broad knowledge of Geography. This is achieved via fieldwork, guided homework questions and a wide selection of audio-visual aids. Students are taught using a wide variety of texts and teaching methods and there is an emphasis on current evens to help relate Geography to the present day.

Extra sessions are provided to support GCSE students on a weekly basis after school. Students also have access to a wide range of online resources including PowerPoints, work booklets, past papers and revision activities.

Throughout KS3 and KS4, students are encouraged to be independent in their learning and to take an interest in the subject beyond the classroom door. It is essential that pupils studying Geography, particularly at KS4, devote some time after school to continue their studies.

Students in Y7, Y8 and Y9 are also able to take advantage of drop-in sessions after school for support with their work. We pride ourselves on engagement with students and will always offer a friendly, supportive and helping hand.

KS3 Geography

Geography is made accessible to all students by carefully adapting and differentiating a wide range of materials. Students currently receive two lessons of Geography each week at KS3. KS4 students begin a two-year GCSE option course, starting in Y10.

Below is a guide to show what your child will be studying during Years 7-9. The course is designed to give pupils an understanding of the world around them, to raise awareness of issues affecting our world and to lay a solid foundation for further study at KS4.

We assess work at KS3 in line with the Curriculum Area policy. Students will generally complete two assessed pieces of work for each unit. One of these will be a ‘checkpoint’… an assessed piece of classwork or homework. The other will be an end of unit assessment.

Year 7

Autumn Term
Introducing Geography and Map Skills

Spring Term
Is the geography of Russia a curse or a benefit?
What is an economy?

Summer Term
How do we use our planet?
How does ice change the World?

Year 8

Autumn Term
What is weather and climate?
What is the future for our planet?

Spring Term
What are the challenges and opportunities facing Africa?
What is development?

Summer Term
Why is the Middle East an important World region?
What challenges and opportunities are facing the UK?

Year 9

Autumn Term
Why are rivers important?
How is Asia being transformed?

Spring Term
How are populations changing?
How has Manchester changed?

Summer Term
Can we know enough about tectonic hazards to live safely?
What happens where the land meets the sea?


Students follow the AQA GCSE (9-1) specification which comprises of three exam papers that are sat at the end of Year 11.

Paper 1 examines Physical Geography. Students cover topics such as Natural Hazards (Earthquakes, Hurricanes, Extreme Weather and Climate Change); the Living World (Ecosystems, Tropical Rainforests and Hot Deserts); Rivers and Coasts.

Paper 2 examines Urban Environments, Development and Resources including Energy.

Paper 3 includes an exam pre-release and questions on two pieces of fieldwork that students have undertaken.


In KS3, homework tasks can take a variety of forms such as literacy tasks, further research or project work.

At KS4, homework will include additional research and past exam papers. Many GCSE homework tasks are in the form of GRIT (Geography Review and Improvement Tasks) booklets. These enable students to summarise their learning before completing a range of associate examination questions. These are provided for most topics within each unit studied.

Assessment Policy

In Years 7 to 9 feedback is given on a regular basis in a variety of forms, including verbal and written comments. Students will receive detailed feedback on a checkpoint piece of work once every half term. They will also undertake a summative assessment at the end of each unit. Students also participate in knowledge checks as part of their lessons.

In Years 10 and 11 students undertake regular assessments. There are three of these within each section of the syllabus.

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