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Year 8 Geography

The geography department aim to nurture and develop student curiosity, interest and enjoyment in the world around them. We encourage students to have open, enquiring minds and to perceive geography in the context of a wider body of knowledge, vocabulary and skills and to provide a sound basis for lifelong study and the pursuit of personal interest. The teaching methods and resources allow all pupils to gain an experience of the world both in and out of lessons. Fieldwork is an essential part of allowing students to cultivate a sense of location, a knowledge of places, respect for differing cultures and an empathy with people in our own and other societies. Within lessons students are encouraged to develop an understanding of the significance of the actions and different attitudes of individuals and groups who use, manage and make decisions about their physical, economic, social, political, and cultural environments and how these environments interact and affect the landscape. 

Fundamentally, this subject allows students to appreciate that the world is dynamic and is therefore an integral part of a broad and balanced education.


Fieldwork opportunities in Years 5 – 8 provide the chance for students to recall knowledge in both a familiar and an unfamiliar context. It also allows students to build a wider geographical knowledge in preparation for their Paper 3 at GCSE. At GCSE students investigate two contrasting environments.


We have a designated teaching classroom. Our lessons are taught by specialists and they will lead the fieldwork visits.

Autumn Term

Can we ever know enough about earthquakes and volcanoes to live safely?

Plate tectonic theory
Locations of earthquakes, volcanoes and mountains
Causes of plate movement
Managing risk in these zones
People living in hazard prone regions
Climate Change – does it exist?
The future for the planet

Spring Term

How does ice change the world?

How and why do glaciers form?
How do they change the landscape?
Landforms created by erosion and deposition
The Lake District
How do people use glaciers?
How does ice change the world?
Is the Geography of Russia a benefit or a curse?
Physical landscape
Climate and biomes
Where people live
The Economy
Why did Russia plant their flag on the seabed of the North Pole?

Summer Term

Geographical Investigations

What is a geographical investigation?
How are they structured?
What can I investigate in a physical environment?
What can I investigate in a human environment?
What methods of data collection are there?
What methods of data presentation are there?
How do I analyse primary and secondary data?
What are the strengths and limitations of my investigation?
Fieldwork visit investigation write up