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We aim to provide the students at Silverdale with a topical, challenging curriculum designed to provide them with an understanding of local, national & international issues which shape their lives now and in the future. We aim to introduce them to the awe and wonder of the world, understand how people are living with and changing where they live, for the better and worse. We also want our students to understand what it means to live in a globalised world. We hope our students have a strong sense of social and environmental responsibility. We aim to produce students who are inquisitive and have developed the skills needed to work independently and collaboratively to be able to carry out research, analysis and presentation of information in a variety of forms. We aim to provide the students with a lifelong interest in the world around them.

Key Stage 3:

Between Y7 to Y9 students cover a wide range of geographical topics. These range in scale from local to international and reflect the diversity of contemporary geographical thinking.

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

What is Geography?

How sustainable are our mobile phones?

What would it be like to live in Africa?

What is my favourite place like & why is it like this?

Which places around the world are fantastic?

Will volcanoes kill us all?

Are we born survivors?

What’s the story? Geography in the news.

Is Geography a crime?

Is Qatar too hot for football?

Where should we locate a wind turbine in the Silverdale grounds?

How does trade help or hinder people around the world?

How Green am I?

Why do rivers flood?

Is migration into the UK a good or a bad thing?

How do we read maps?

How & why do rivers shape the land?


Local fieldwork to investigate how the landscape of the River Porter changes downstream.

Fieldwork to investigate how well Castleton meets the aims of a National Park.

Local fieldwork to investigate the effectiveness of crime prevention strategies in Bents Green.


Key Stage 4:

We follow the AQA specification. This offers a wide range of place based study together with the development of geographical skills to prepare the students for A level & a life beyond GCSEs.

We cover the following topics

Living with the physical environment

Tectonic Hazards

Weather Hazards

Climate change

The living world

Temperate woodland ecosystems

Tropical Rain Forests

Hot deserts

Physical landscapes of the UK

Coastal landscapes

River landscapes

Challenges of the human environment

Global urbanisation

Urban development in NEE’s & LIC’s

Urban development in the UK


The changing economic world

Global patterns of development

The changing economy of NEE’s & LIC’s

The changing economy of the UK

The challenge of resource management

Food, water & energy


There are three terminal assessments in KS4. Two traditional exams, one covering human geography and the other physical geography. The third paper is a skills and decision making exercise. This is an assessment of the student’s fieldwork skills and wider geographical skills based on a pre-release booklet. There will be at least two fieldtrips over the two years. In Y10 this will be a visit to the East Yorkshire coast, the Y11 fieldwork will investigate some urban issues, as yet undecided.

Key Stage 5:

At KS5 we follow the AQA specification as it provides a good balanced in-depth investigation into a range of human & physical issues pertinent to the modern world.


A Level (all of AS plus)

Changing Places


Glacial systems & landscapes

Water & Carbon Cycle

Contemporary Urban Environments

Global Governance


1 day field work for NEA.

Residential Fieldwork in Lake District (c£300)

Some students will be entered for the AS exams which will consist of two papers, on based on human geography & one based on physical geography. The human geography paper will also have questions assessing the student’s fieldwork skills. The majority of the students will take A level exams at the end of Y13. Here there will be two exams and the assessment of the student’s fieldwork in the form of completed independent geographical investigation.