Welcome to Geography

As students of Geography we work hard

We are curious and passionate about our world and everything in it. We want to explore and understand the reasons why things happen on our planet including people and the natural environment. As students of Geography we want to develop our knowledge and geographical skills so we make an informed analysis and judgement of situations and the world around us.

As teachers of Geography we work hard

We cultivate safe learning environments where we fuel students’ curiosity about our world. We scaffold learning in ways that help students to develop their skills of knowledge understanding and evaluation. We support them in making their own analysis of geographical phenomenon using the skills and knowledge learnt so that they can make an informed decision on global events. We help our students to understand what careers are possible in Geography going onto further study.

As students of Geography we are kind

We are empathetic and respectful of people and the environments that make our world and intern we can appreciate the diversity in our school and in our community. We strive to be well rounded citizens with cultural capital who help each other when needed.

As teachers of Geography we are kind

We are role models for our students by reading widely and staying up to date with current geographical issues. We show empathy and understanding for people and the environments in our world and in turn this will help our diverse school and community become better people who can make informed decisions.


To develop great geographers:

  • Enable all our geographers to understand the physical processes that shape the world around them
  • Assess the complex range of human processes that influence their everyday lives
  • Promote a curiosity in our pupils so they are always searching, stretching themselves outside of their comfort zone and experience things they haven’t before
  • Skilled young geographers who are confident in using different sources of geographical data
  • Through the planning and sequencing of lessons geographers are able to reach justified decisions and reasoned conclusions about geographical issues make decisions at a variety of scales.
  • Be empathetic who care for our world at all scales and can think beyond how they feel to consider other points of views so they can have a positive impact on their own and others futures, to be positive global citizens for future learning and employment.


  • Teach our powerful knowledge in a variety of creative and inspiring ways
  • Teach lessons that allow pupils to demonstrate their independence and follow their curiosity
  • Teach lessons which actively promote geographical literacy and oracy
  • Provide opportunities for pupils to embed core knowledge and actively recall this
  • Provide opportunities for pupils to gain fluency with geographical skills

Year 7 and 8

Year 7

  • Passport to Geography (location)
  • From here to there and back again (map skills)
  • Nottingham
  • South America
  • Weather

Year 8

  • Africa
  • Risky World
  • Asia



Course outline

The physical geography element of the course includes:

  • Survival threats: extreme weather, tectonic hazards (earthquakes & volcanoes), climate change.
  • What is special about the UK landscapes: roaring rivers and dramatic coasts.
  • Destroying our planet: how humans exploit the rainforest.
  • The stage for World War Three: Antarctica.

The human geography element of the course includes:

  • Poor world cities: hidden gems? – challenges and opportunities for people living there .
  • Rich world cities: has the shine gone dull? - challenges and opportunities for people living there.
  • Is it ok for some people to be poor? – tackling the poverty crisis.
  • Will we run out of puff? – resource issues focusing on food, energy and water.

There will be a minimum two full days of fieldwork which covers the following elements:

  • Human Geography: a local investigation and Physical Geography: a regional investigation.

Assessment details

There will be 3 exams:

  • Physical Geography and Geographical Skills (35%)
  • Human Geography and Geographical Skills (35%)
  • Fieldwork (30%)

Additional Information

A GCSE in Geography will develop a range of transferable skills including:

  • IT, communication, independent research and strong presentation skills
  • Team work and time management

These could be useful in the following areas: Expedition leader, travel writer, TV researcher, conservation worker, architect, urban planner, environmental consultant, financial risk assessor, transport/logistics manager, diplomat, human rights officer, armed forces, surveyor, town planner, environmental engineer (all fields of engineering), marketing, social worker, hydrologist, hazard prediction and management and weather presenter.

All Humanities subjects are available at GCSE and A Level at The Nottingham Free School. As part of our core curriculum all pupils will take either GCSE Geography or History. As Philosophy and Ethics is a core subject for all 11-18 year olds, all pupils will have the opportunity to study short course in Philosophy and Ethics. Pupils will also be able to opt to take the full GCSE in Philosophy and Ethics if they wish.

A Levels in these subjects will prepare pupils well for a variety of university courses.

Geography History Philosophy and Ethics
University Courses Geography, International Relations, Politics, Economics, PE History, Politics, Economics, Media, Teaching, Law, Criminology, Forensics, Business, Journalism. Theology, Religious Studies, Philosophy, Law, Criminology, Medicine, Nursing.
Careers Journalism, Politician, Tourism, Environmentalist, Weather forecaster/presenter, town planner, surveyor, Outdoor Pursuits, Survival Expert Business, Architects, Finance and banking, Teaching, Law, Politics, Police, Television, Armed forces, Research, Journalism, Doctor Teaching, law, Social work, Nursing, Doctor, Charity worker, Media, Politics, Social work

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