Pupils at Hartford Church of England High School
Prospectus Calendar OFSTED Report


  • Mr A Brown - Curriculum Leader - Humanities
  • Mrs V Carnell - Assistant Curriculum Leader- Humanities
  • Mrs H Hogben - Teacher of Geography
  • Mrs A Bolster-Woods - Teacher of Geography

Key Stage 3

Year 7

In Year 7 pupils work through 6 units Students will focus initially on the UK and as we move through the year we begin to take a more global perspective: Living with our Natural World

  1. Weather and Climate: Pupils explore all the elements that make up our weather. We ask the question ‘Why does it always rain?’ Pupils will also carry out a micro- climate experiment around the school grounds
  2. Climate Change: Pupils explore the reasons for climate change both natural and man made. We investigate what we can do to reduce the risks from climate change in places around the world
  3. Coasts part 1: Students investigate the physical processes that shape our coastline. They will learn how some of our most spectacular landscapes along the coast were formed
  4. Coasts part 2: In this unit pupils look at how we can manage the coast. They will investigate different types of coastal defences and understand the conflicts that can arise out of decisions to manage the coast in a particular way
  5. Population: This topic explores the growth of the world’s population. Pupils will learn how population data is presented and they will investigate the issues around a youthful and ageing populations in countries around the world
  6. Urbanisation: Students will learn why our cities have grown and how they have changed over time. We will look at the consequences of change and what the future hold for our urban spaces

Year 8

In Year 8 pupils progress to thinking about the ways that humans can impact on the world around them. Sustainable futures

  1. Rivers: Students will learn about the processes of hydrology. They will learn how features form and what happens when a river floods
  2. Restless earth: Earthquakes and Volcanoes: We will learn about the location of these hazards and the movement of the tectonic plates. We will investigate how people can be affected and what we can do to mitigate against them
  3. Middle East: We explore one of the most significant regions in the world. We will explore its physical and human geography and investigate what the future might hold for this region
  4. Living off the Earth’s resources: In this unit we will discover how important the world's natural resources are: water, soil and energy. We will discover how people are exploiting these resources and how we can become more sustainable and look after these precious resources
  5. Making a Living: In this topic students will learn about the changing nature of work. Is it the same all over the world, why does the pattern of work change; what will the world of work look like in the future?
  6. Battle for the Biosphere: Students will learn about the world’s ecosystems. They will focus on Tropical Rainforests where they will learn about the climate and vegetation, how they are being used for economic gain and what is being done to protect them for future generations

Year 9

In year 9 students will develop their skills of evaluation and analysis. Our fragile and hostile planet.

  1. Natural Hazards: Students will look at how areas of contrasting wealth manage tectonic hazards. They will evaluate the impacts and responses to those events
  2. Weather Hazards: Students will investigate Tropical storms, their formation and impact. They will analyse the impacts and responses of Typhoon Haiyan that hit the Philippines
  3. Climate Change: This topic is revisited again in year 9. Students will use data and satellite images to contrast different parts of the world. They will investigate Bangladesh and the Maldives as places that are at high risk
  4. The Living World: Students will investigate hot desert environments with a focus on the challenges and opportunities in the Thar desert

Key Stage 4

At GCSE the department follows the AQA Geography specification. The specification aims to create a good understanding of physical processes, and how they lead to diverse landscapes, and encourages an appreciation of different people, cultures and economies. Students consider how people and the environment interact, and the need to manage both physical and human environments in a sustainable way. They have the opportunity to develop skills in problem solving, decision making, investigation and questioning.

The pupils complete three units.

  • Unit 1: Living with the physical environment: Tectonic hazards, weather hazards, climate change, The living world, rivers and coasts
  • Unit 2: Challenges of the Human environment: The urban world, The development gap, Nigeria, the changing economy of the UK and resource management
  • Unit 3: Geographical skills. We will undertake 1 fieldwork trip where we will investigate a physical theory and a human theory as part of the syllabus. Students will learn how to carry out a research project, provide results and analyse them reach validated conclusions and evaluate their work

Units 1 and 2 are each assessed by a 1 hour 30 minute examination. Unit 3 is examined as a 1 hour 15 minute exam. There will be a resource booklet released 12 weeks before the exam for paper three and half of the exam is devoted to this pre- release document.

We are committed to giving our pupils as wide an experience of Geography as possible.

Currently, the pupils have the opportunity to take part in a week-long geography experience every two years.

Most recently this has been to Italy and Iceland.