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Curriculum Leader

Mr D Thompson

Curriculum Intent statement

Geography will help students to understand their place in the world. Through the interconnection of people and places; geography will help students to appreciate how we are all global citizens. In geography, we celebrity the differences and similarities which help to create people and places of unique character. While geography celebrates differences, we also seek to explore the many links and shared patterns we observe. Geography is about people and processes, understood through the patterns seen in our environments, and expressed within a sense of and recognition of place.

Curriculum Plan

Curriculum Plan

Curriculum Overview

GCSE Specification

A-Level Specification

Revision Guides

GCSE Revision Guide

A-Level Revision Guide     Year 1    Year 2

Higher level Scheme of work

Year 7 SOW

Year 8 SOW

Year 9 SOW

Year 10 & 11 (GCSE) SOW

Year 12 SOW        Human   Physical

Year 13 SOW        Human   Physical



Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Year 12 Human

Year 12 Physical

Geography develops children’s knowledge and understanding of people and places.  At St Anselm's, we learn about the wider world as well as local areas, looking at the physical, social and economic issues surrounding each case study.  Use of maps, atlases, photos and the internet ensures a well-balanced and interactive method of learning for all pupils.  There are many cross-curricular links with subjects such as literacy, numeracy and ICT.

The National Curriculum Handbook 2014 describes the importance of Geography thus:

A high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.

For key stage three pupils learn 4 new and exciting topics per year.

For year 7 we learn about:

Cycle 1:  Mapping and making connections

Cycle 2: Africa: a continent of contrasts

Cycle 3: The geography of crime

Cycle 4: Coastline: slip sliding away?


In year 8:

Cycle 1:  Restless Earth

Cycle 2: Extreme Environments: Deserts and Rainforests

Cycle 3: The geography of my stuff

Cycle 4: Population and migration issues


For GCSE Geography we follow the AQA specification A course. For both AS and A level geography we follow the Edexcel specifications.


Department staff:

Mr D Thompson (Curriculum Lead) - d.thompson@st-anselms.org.uk 

Mrs R O'Rourke (Teacher) - r.orourke@st-anselms.org.uk 

Mrs V Cox (Teacher) - v.cox@st-anselms.org.uk

Mrs K Bagshaw (Teacher) - k.bagshaw@st-anselms.org.uk