"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. Whether students choose to continue studying Geography beyond Key Stage 3 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, developing their knowledge to enable them to thrive in and beyond lessons. Our goal is for learners to leave Atlantic Academy with the ability to ‘think like a geographer’ and be inspired to continue the study of Geography Post-16.


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.

Key Stage 1
  • Capital cities of the UK
  • Wildlife of the British Isles
  • Exploring Africa

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

  • Villages, Towns and Cities
  • Mountains, Volcanoes and Earthquakes
Year 4

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

  • Slums
  • Rivers
  • Energy and sustainability
Year 6

  • We are Geographers
  • Population

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3, students cover a broad Geography curriculum, exploring some of the world’s greatest assets and challenges and learning about the interconnected nature of people and the environment. Students learn the key skills and background information to enable them to access Key Stage 4 content.

Modules taught at Key Stage 3 (2021-2022) are: 

Year 7

Unit 1: Without Geography, You’re Nowhere!

Unit 2: Terrible Tectonics!

Unit 3: The Uneven World

Year 8

Unit 1: The Amazing Amazon

Unit 2: The Magnificent Dorset Coast

Unit 3: Why should we be concerned about Climate Change?

Year 9

Unit 1: An Exploration of the Eastern World

Unit 2: Population Pressure

Unit 3: The Challenge of Natural Hazards (AQA)

Key Stage 4

Modules taught at Key Stage 4 (2021-2022) follow the AQA course:

Year 10

  • Unit 1 – Physical Landscapes of the UK
  • Unit 2 – Urban Issues and Challenges 
  • Unit 3 – The Challenge of Resource Management
  • Unit 4 – Fieldwork
Year 11

  • Unit 1 –  The Changing Economic World 
  • Unit 2 – The Living World 
  • Unit 3 – Revision 

Due to COVID-19, slight changes to teaching times will occur. This cohort is exempt from fieldwork too.

The Geography Team

The Geography Department at Atlantic Academy is made up of enthusiastic teachers who are passionate about their subject. Our department has knowledgeable experts, with backgrounds in hydrology, development and climatology. 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

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