"The study of geography is about more than just memorizing places on a map. It's about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents. And in the end, it's about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together."
Barack Obama


In Geography, our intent is for the curriculum to promote a curiosity about the world in which our students live.  The curriculum will enable our students to be confident to understand and ask questions about the world around them. 

The intent is to develop a holistic knowledge of the subject at Key Stage One Two and Three in order to create a platform to build on at GCSE.  Whether students choose Geography at GCSE or not, we want them to take a responsible attitude towards the world and adopt a lifelong interest in Geography.. We will support our learners to develop skills that are transferable across all subjects and employment in later life. We will develop knowledge in students to enable them to thrive in lessons and create schemata. Learning will be developed from the three core subjects to develop learners’ skills, knowledge and understanding. Learners will be inspired to continue the study of Geography Post 16. The learners will ‘think like a geographer’


Key Stage 1

At Key Stage 1 pupils develop knowledge about the world, the United Kingdom and their locality. They should understand basic subject-specific vocabulary relating to human and physical geography and begin to use geographical skills, including first-hand observation, to enhance their locational awareness.


Year 1

  • Spatial Sense – Map Work
  • The UK
  • Recycling
Year 2

  • Spatial sense – London
  • The British Isles
  • Careers

Key Stage 2

At Key Stage 2 pupils extend their knowledge and understanding beyond the local area to include the United Kingdom and Europe, North and South America. They learn about the most significant human and physical features. They develop their geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to enhance their locational and place knowledge.


Year 3

  • Spatial sense – London
  • The British Isles
  • Careers
Year 4

  • Destination Europe
  • Migration
  • Natural Resources
  • Biomes
Year 5

  • Medieval Monarchs
  • Vikings
  • Middle East
Year 6

  • Country Study America
  • Population
  • Globalisation

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 students cover a broad curriculum of physical and human geography and start to draw links between the two strands.  Students learn the key skills and background information to enable them to access the Ks4 content.

Modules taught at Key Stage 3 are:


Year 7

  • Unit 1 – Geographical Skills
  • Unit 2 – Our Restless Planet
  • Unit 3 – Rivers and Coasts
Year 8

  • Unit 1 – Ecosystems
  • Unit 2 – The Uneven World
  • Unit 3 – Population and settlement
Year 9

  • Unit 1 – The Challenge of Natural Hazards
  • Unit 2 – Physical Landscapes of the UK
  • Unit 3 – Urban issues and Challenges

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, students follow the AQA course.

Year 10

  • Unit 1 – The Changing economic world
  • Unit 2 – The Living World
  • Unit 3 – The Challenge of Resource Management
Year 11

  • Unit 1 –  The Challenge of Natural Hazards/Physical landscapes of the UK
  • Unit 2 – Urban Issues and Challenges/Changing economic world.
  • Unit 3 – The Living world/The Challenge of Resource Management

The Geography Team

The Geography Department at  Atlantic Academy is made up of enthusiastic teachers who are passionate about their subject. Students are encouraged to ask teachers about their degree subjects in order to promote careers in science.

  • Mr McConnell – Subject Co-ordinator
  • Miss Rolph – Geography Teacher
  • Miss Pelych – Geography Teacher
  • Mrs Watson – Primary Geography Lead
Where next


Admission Information The admission arrangements for the Academy, subject to any changes approved by the Secretary of State, for subsequent years are: In the primary…

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