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Geography at Our Lady’s is taught to all pupils at KS3 and opted for by students at KS4.


  • Miss McNeela (Principal Teacher)
  • Miss Turner (Teacher of Geography)
  • Mr Gormally (Teacher of Geography and Assistant Headteacher)


The Geography Department has two purpose built rooms, each containing an interactive whiteboard.


Key Stage 3Key Stage 4

All pupils follow a structured curriculum at Key Stage 3 in three periods per fortnight during Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 if in the ‘B’ band and 2 lessons a fortnight in the ‘M’ band. Studenst receive 5 lessons per fortnight in years 10 and 11. English and Maths skills are embedded throughout all the topics. Students will also be given the opportunity to use the schools ICT facilities to develop their research skills. Pupils have the opportunity to work individually and collaboratively during the following topics.

In Year 7 pupils study:

  • My World- Developing the foundations of Geographic skills and improving place knowledge.
  • Comparing places- UK and Tanzania.
  • Rivers- Processes, flooding and management
  • GREAT Britain- Coastal features, tourism and economic structures.

In Year 8 pupils study:

  • Tectonic hazards- The cause, effects and responses to earthquakes and volcanoes.
  • Wild weather- The cause, effects and responses to extreme weather events. Microclimate investigation around the school grounds.
  • Population and urbanisation- Why has the world’s population grown, where do people live and what issues has this created. We will also look at migration in this topic.

In Year 9 pupils study:

  • Glaciation- evidence for previous climate change and how people currently survive in extreme environments.
  • Climate change- the cause, effects and responses to current climate change.
  • Energy Issues- what will our energy future look like?
  • Development issues-how is development measured, why some countries are more developed than others and what actions are some countries taking to enhance their levels of development?

Pupil’s study the AQA G.C.S.E course:

Unit 1: Living with the physical environment – 35 % of GCSE. 1 hour 30 minute exam

  • Tectonic hazards
  • Weather hazards
  • Climate change
  • Ecosystems
  • Tropical rainforests
  • Cold environments
  • Coastal landscapes in the UK
  • River landscapes in the UK

Unit 2: Challenges in the human environment – 35 % of GCSE 1 hour 30 minute exam

  • Urban issues and challenges
  • The changing economic world
  • The challenge of resource management- Energy

Unit 3: Geographical applications – 30 % of GCSE 1 hour 15 minute exam

  • Issue evaluation
  • Fieldwork

Extra-Curricular Activities

  • Year 7 students will do a local rivers investigation.
  • Year 8 Outward Bound 3 day trip looking at Sustainability through adventurous activity.
  • Year 9 students will have a guest speaker speaking to them about Climate change.
  • Year 10 Fieldtrip to the River Wyre to look at changing river processes.
  • Year 10 Hazards Day run by the Cartographic Society.
  • Year 11 Fieldtrip to Liverpool to look at urban renewal.
  • Pop up Geography Club at lunchtime and afterschool with thematic weeks for example- Refugee week, COP21 Climate change, rivers trip, Blackpool regeneration and World GIS week.
  • Entry into the Young Geographer of the Year Competition run by the Royal Geographical Society.
  • Entry into the School Geography Challenge run by African Adventures.
  • Year 9 –Duke of Edinburgh Award Bronze Award.

If you require further information about this curriculum area please contact the Principal Teacher Miss C McNeela – cma@olchs.lancs.sch.uk