Subject Leader – Geography

Mr T Redmond –


The Geography Department at Notre Dame is an optimistic department that promotes the development of Christian attitudes through the breadth of the four key aspects of the National Curriculum:

  • Geographical enquiry and skills
  • Knowledge and understanding of places
  • Knowledge and understanding of patterns and processes
  • Knowledge and understanding of environmental change and sustainable development

We believe that:

  • Students should enquire about the relationships and interactions between mankind and the environment and develop an awareness of the global future
  • Just as the Earth includes all Nations, our department includes all students
  • Every student will have their minds opened and challenged through the study of Geography at Notre Dame School
  • Every student’s heart will be opened through the study of development and that they will develop an awareness of global citizenship and the problems of inequality
  • Every students’ hands will be used to develop geographical skills through practical tasks and the use of I.T.



Key Stage 3

Year 7

Term 1: What is Geography all about?

Term 2: Geographical Skills: Pole to Pole

Term 3: Your Island Home

Term 4: Settlements

Term 5: The Geography of Sport

Term 6: The Olympics


Year 8

Term 1: What is Weather?

Term 2: World Climates

Term 3: Forest Ecosystems

Term 4: Global Warming

Term 5: Energy

Term 6: London: Your Capital City


Year 9

Term 1: Development

Term 2: Blood, Sweat and Luxuries: Sapphires

Term 3: Rivers and Flooding

Term 4: Tectonics: Earthquake Hazards

Term 5: Volcanic Hazards

Term 6: Introduction to GCSE Geography


Key Stage 4

We deliver the AQA Geography A GCSE course. This covers both human and physical geography and is an all round course which promotes a good understanding of places, process and human management. It covers many opportunities for promotion of literacy and numeracy skill. There are currently two options through this course as either a one year intensive course or a traditional two year course. By 2014 this course will be a two year linear course.

The students will study the following themes:

  • Rocks, Resources and Scenery
  • Water on the Land
  • Restless Earth
  • Urban Environments
  • Population
  • Tourism

There is also a piece of internal assessment that accounts for 25% of the total and involves fieldwork experience.


Key Stage 5

The Geography Department offers an A Level in Geography through the AQA board. Course content is as follows:


Unit 1 (70%) Physical and Human Geography

  • Rivers, Floods and Management
  • Coastal Environments
  • Population Change
  • Energy

Unit 2 (30%) Geographical Skills

  • A geographical skills paper based on the content of Unit 1. Skills include: Investigative, cartographic, graphical, ICT and statistical skills.


Unit 3 (30%)

  • Plate tectonics and associated hazards
  • Weather and climate and associated hazards
  • World cities
  • Contemporary conflicts and challenges.

Unit 4b (20%) Geographical Issue Evaluation

Structured short and extended questions based on an Advance Information Booklet, released on 1 November for January examinations and 1 April for June examinations.



At Key Stage 3, students are assessed every six weeks. Assessment is made in a variety of ways including formal testing, project work, essay writing and presentations. Students are given National Curriculum levels for each topic.

At Key Stages 4 and 5 assessment is a mix of formative and summative methods linked closely to the appropriate examination assessment objectives.