Welcome to Geography!

Geography is a vibrant subject in which we try to make sense of the earth around us. We cover many different topics which we will explain further on this page.

We learn about the world in three main sections: physical, human and environmental.

Physical geography looks at the natural world; we study topics such as tsunamis and earthquakes, as well as volcanoes, rivers and coasts.

Human geography looks at the effect of humans on the planet. This covers cities, urbanisation (the movement to cities) and overpopulation (too many people) in these areas.

Environmental geography studies the things that should matter to the future generations, such as climate change, plastic waste and lack of resources around the world.

Meet the Geography Department

Mr Bewley

Head of Geography

Favourite places - Rome, Italy and Cairo, Egypt. These were places I could literally feel the history. Both beautiful cities that I could have stayed in for a lot longer.

Places I would most like to visit - USA and Australia. I'm a huge sports fan and would love to see golf and basketball in USA, and rugby in Australia.

Why I love geography - I fell in love with geography at high school. I remember watching football matches and trying to find out information about that city or country. I also love being outdoors and love visiting new places.

Miss Foster

Teacher of Geography

Favourite place - Amazon Rainforest, Brazil because it's so colourful, tranquil and full of nature.

Place I would most like to visit - Banff in Canada to explore the mountains, glacier lakes and see the grizzly bears.

Why I love geography - I've always liked to explore and relax outdoors. Geography helps me to understand the world around me and how landscapes have formed. I've always loved animals (little and large) and studying geography has allowed me to work closely with them.

Miss Nissen

Teacher of Geography

Favourite place - Machu Picchu, Peru because of its interesting past, its beautiful surroundings and the adventure it takes to get there.

Place I would most like to visit - Japan to explore the lively cities, temples and active volcanoes.

Why I love geography - It helps me to make sense of the world we live in, from how volcanoes form to why cities grow. I have always been interested in the issues that people around the world face, such as climate change, and geography helps me understand the world today and how it might change in the future.

What do we study in Year 7?

In year 7, we start off with an introduction to geography and map skills. This should build on some skills you learnt in primary school, but don't worry if you haven't learnt much about geography, we will support you if you need help.

After the Christmas break we move onto water in the world; looking at various topics such as rivers, erosion and tsunamis. These are all covered in GCSE geography and you'll be learning some of the skills that you will cover in Years 9, 10 and 11 if you choose this subject. After this comes the urban world, looking at cities like Manchester and London, as well as looking at slums in poorer countries.

After Easter we look at Brilliant Biomes, which are huge ecosystems such as deserts and rainforests. To complete year 7, we finish with our changing world, which looks at the effects of plastic in our oceans and we complete a study in school.

What do we study in Year 8?

At the start of Year 8 we investigate risky places; looking both at hazards and places around the world. We continue with weather in the UK and around the world. This includes hurricanes and extreme weather in the UK.

As you choose your GCSE options in Year 8, we provide an introduction to GCSE geography in which we show you what topics we cover at GCSE. We conclude this term by looking at Africa; a vibrant and fascinating continent.

The last term of KS3 begins with an investigation into the BRIC countries, which are Brazil, Russia, India and China. These are huge nations whose wealth and importance around the world are growing rapidly. We finish with a perfect topic for the summer term; tourism, where we look at popular destinations and dark tourism, a new wave of tourism.

Fun in the classroom!

Using potatoes to practice map skills!

Creating and errupting their own volcanoes!

Wonderful weather forecasts!

Coastal cakes!

Desert desserts!

Fun outside the classroom!

Years 9 and 10 learning team work on a trip to Ghyll Head in the Lake District.

When studying GCSE geography, Year 10 venture to Southport to practice their research skills.

As a department, we are passionate about teaching outside the classroom and work hard to be able to offer fantastic trips.

In 2017, Year 10 made academy history by being the first students to ever go on an international school trip to Naples, Italy.


Can you research about a country or place around the world that you would like to visit? Choose wherever you want in the world and investigate the place. You can choose what you put in your fact file but they could include:

  • the flag

  • the capital

  • a map of the area

  • what money they use

  • what language(s) they speak in that country

  • what the weather is like in that country

  • what physical features (natural things such as beaches, mountains, volcanoes or rivers) the area has

  • what human features (Human made things such as shops, sports stadiums or famous buildings

  • why you would want to visit this place

  • famous people who are from that country or live in that country.

Send a copy of your fact file to Mrs Stringer, the Humanities Department Clerk at (Attach a photograph of your written work or a copy of your document.)