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Curriculum by year

Use the links below to view the Geography curriculum by year.

Year 7Year 8Year 9Year 10Year 11


At SFX our students think like a geographer because...

they are taught to apply geographical concepts with an enquiring mind and to investigate human and environmental issues on various scales. They are encouraged to use a range of geographical skills to analyse and interpret information to draw conclusions and evaluate solutions. To make connections between places and develop an understanding of the world around us.


Recent research used to inform practices in geography

  • National College: Deep Dive into implementing a broad and balanced curriculum in Secondary Geography.
  • Ofsted: review into secondary geography.



Geography vision

The Geography Curriculum explores our physical and human worlds and the themes that link them.  We investigate exciting and relevant topics, developing geographic skills and building knowledge and understanding of the world around us. 

Themes are developed from local, national and global scales and allow students to think about their place, role and responsibilities as global stewards around each topic.  The school’s ethos is reinforced when investigating attitudes towards important current issues such as the environment, migration and development. This allows students to show compassion and courage to investigate and tackle our changing world. In geography, students serve God by dedicating time to reflect on ways to improve our community and environment.

Geography enables students to travel the world from their classroom and examine some of the most important topical issues and challenges facing our planet.  Opportunities for fieldwork encourage an enquiry-based approach to further investigate our physical and human environments and to enrich our student’s lives through tangible experiences beyond the classroom.

The skills and knowledge introduced at Key Stage 3 helps develop students into learners who are equipped with the skills and experience to approach the GCSE curriculum with confidence.  As pupils progress through the Key Stage 3 topics students can develop informed views and respect other opinions about a range of geographical concerns.

Key Stage 4 lessons link directly to the AQA GCSE specification and also encourage cross-curricular activities.  Inclusive, interesting and exciting teaching is differentiated to encourage all learners to access the curriculum and to succeed.

Geographers leave with a fantastic skill-set including the ability to research, map, evaluate and analyse.  Many students continue their studies in Geography at A-Level and Degree Level and go on to pursue exciting, relevant careers.


Whole school visions

Use the links below to view our whole school vision and curriculum vision. 

Whole school vision Whole school curriculum vision    


Curriculum team

  • Mr M McNally - Curriculum leader
  • Mrs L Curran - Teacher of Geography
  • Miss S Quinn - Teacher of Geography


KS4 courses  

  •  GCSE Geography - AQA (8035)



Enrichment opportunities

The following enrichment opportunities inspire our students to be curious and fascinated with the world around them. This allows them to extend their locational knowledge and deepen their spiritual awareness as well as collecting, analysing and interpreting places and data. 

  • School microclimate project
  • Yorkshire Dales Rivers Fieldwork
  • Year 9 Residential Fieldwork - Lake District
  • Year 10 / 11 Fieldtrip to Blencathra
  • GCSE Coastal Fieldwork
  • GCSE Urban Fieldwork

Historically, international trips have been offered to enhance the GCSE course.