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HumanitiesGeography as a subject will have a huge impact on students whether or not they choose it as an exam course. It is a subject that links together so many aspects of their day to day experiences and helps them to understand some of the potential difficulties we face in the future. We use contemporary examples - anything over twenty years old is considered to be history and a wide range of learning activities are used including mysteries, investigations, presentations, groupwork to mention just a few. We value greatly work that takes place outdoors and aim to take each key stage out collecting data 'for real'.


We are located on the ground floor in C Block and have a suite of four rooms.


Key Stage 3

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  • Year 7

    In Year 7 students will learn a range of different map skills such as direction, grid references and scale. Students will have the opportunity to consolidate their knowledge by creating a treasure map. Students will spend a term learning about weather in different parts of the UK. Students will extend their locational knowledge of the world's countries through the geography of sport topic. Students will also have the chance to explore the various factors which influence a coastline. Traditional map skills are developed throughout the year, including the introduction of GIS.

  • Year 8

    In Year 8 students will develop their understanding and knowledge of the human and physical world around them. They will learn about global population growth and the impact that this has on society; alongside this they will explore the impacts that globalisation has had on trade, exploitation and changes to EDC’s and LIDC's. The physical topics studied are about the ice age and ecosystems. The ice age topic will allow students to understand how our landscape has been shaped by glaciers, the adaptations needed by mammals to survive in extreme conditions and how humans can survive these conditions. The year will end with the ecosystems topic where students will investigate the Amazon rainforest and the plants and animals that live there.

  • Year 9

    In Year 9 students will learn about how human activity relies on the effective functioning of natural systems and the impacts when such systems are exploited. Students will also study tectonics. They will learn about the structure of the earth and the impact that this has on humans. Students will explore the causes and effects of natural events such as volcanoes, extreme weather, earthquakes and tsunamis. The year will end with the geography of crime topic, student will explore current topical issues around the world such as piracy and blood diamonds.


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  • Year 10

    Students will be taught from the OCR B specification. Students will participate in two fieldtrips to the Porter Brook River (Year 10) and Sheffield city centre (Year 11). In Year 10 students will study the topics of resource reliance, changing climate, distinctive landscapes and dynamic development. Students will gain an understanding of how human activity is changing the world and presenting major global challenges. Central to all of the topics which are studied is the theme that humans are irreversibly changing the planet, as rapid population growth creates pollution and consumes increasing amount of resources, forcing society to come up with innovative solutions to avoid catastrophe. Students will learn to evaluate how effective the solutions which are posed to these global challenges are.

  • Year 11

    In Year 11 students will study the topics of global hazards, ecosystems, the UK in the 21st century and urban futures. Students will gain an understanding of how heat trapped in the earth's core creates a dynamic planet, where tectonic plates are constantly on the move, creating both threats and opportunities. Students will gain an understanding of how engineers and scientists monitor and respond to our ever changing world. Throughout the course there is an emphasis on students gaining key skills, notably the ability to interpret statistical data to produce robust conclusions.


Key Stage 5

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  • Year 12

    Students will be taught from the OCR specification. The course is designed around core geographical concepts and is split into physical and human geography, alongside a separate independent investigation.

    The physical topics studied are coasts and hazardous earth. The coasts topic introduces learners to the integrated study of Earth surface processes, landforms and resultant landscapes within the conceptual framework of a systems approach. The hazardous earth topic focuses on the movement of the Earth's land masses, from Pangaea to present day. Students will have an in depth knowledge of how the forces beneath our feet are at work.

    The human topic studied is changing spaces; making places, where students study the concept of place and how people are at the heart of places living their lives, forming attachments and making connections. Places are dynamic, multilayers and the history and culture of a nation can be found in its buildings, public spaces, towns and cities. 

    In Year 12 students will begin their independent investigation. The independent investigation gives students the opportunity to undertake a study which is of particular interest to them, which can be related to any area of the specification. The independent investigation in A Level Geography provides students with the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills and abilities which are applicable not only to study in Higher Education but also within the world of work and life.

    Students have the opportunity to part in a residential Whitby. Students will undertake both physical and human fieldwork whilst in Whitby. The residential is also a fantastic opportunity to build friendships and lasting memories.

  • Year 13

    In year 13 students will study the topics of disease dilemmas.

    Earth's Life Support Systems is the physical topic studied in Year 13, students will study how water and carbon are cycled between the land, oceans and atmosphere in open and closed systems, and how the processes within these cycles are inter-related. Forests, soils, oceans and the atmosphere all store carbon and yet they are threatened and altered by human activity, this will be examined in detail through the Tropical Rainforest and the Arctic tundra case studies as well as at a global scale.

    Human topics include disease dilemmas, human rights and migration. The disease dilemmas topic will enable students to study how diseases can be classified, a number of physical and human factors which impact an individual's and a community's susceptibility to the risk and the global nature of some diseases in terms of their geographical spread and scale has encouraged international efforts to combat them.

    The human rights and migration topic will allow students, through case studies to build up a picture of how the world around them is shaped, the complexities associated with this and the resulting issues for people. Study will include the use of both quantitative and qualitative approaches across the global systems and global governance themes as a whole.


Extra curricular activities

An integral part of the subject.

  • Key Stage 3: Day trip to Castleton - with a focus on map skills
  • Key Stage 4: Porter Brook river, Sheffield - with a focus on river formation and Sheffield city centre - with a focus on economic hubs
  • Key Stage 5: Whitby - with a focus on coastal processes and the changing places; making spaces topic


Teaching staff

  • Haveron, Simon (Head of Humanities)
  • Horrocks, Francesca
  • James, Andy
  • Sanderson, David
  • Thompson, Rose


Websites to help students learn about Geography


Subjects covered by Humanities

Humanities collectively includes many subject areas. Please follow the links below to find out more about each subject.