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teaching staff 

  • Ryan Matthews - Curriculum Leader
  • Khadijah Khan
  • Naomi Wilde

support staff

  • Esther Vernon


Curriculum Aims

The Geography Curriculum Area is very well resourced, with excellent ICT access (including iPads, a computer suite and laptops) for all students.

The Geography area is well-established and very successful, with the 2018/19 GCSE results continuing to significantly exceed national averages where 71.5% of pupils achieved an attainment grade of 4-9.

Year 7

Throughout Year 7, Geography at Sarah Bonnell covers all aspects of the National Curriculum and explores links between the physical and human world in which we live. The team works hard to ensure lessons are engaging, challenging current and relevant to the girls. We aim to promote curious and inspired minds. As part of being an independent learner, the team encourages the students to get involved in project work and use the ICT resources available to access the departmental website and MLE page.

There is a strong focus on fully preparing the girls for GCSEs throughout years 7-9, by introducing GCSE topics, GCSE style exam questions and GCSE assessments.


Year 7 curriculum:

The Year 7 students’ first taste at Geography will be map skills. It is essential that all students are assessed on their level of geographical competency and are given the opportunity to learn these skills before other work is undertaken.

Because of the importance of these skills throughout a student’s time at school the content is to be carried out by geographical concepts/aspects inside and outside of the classroom.  This will give students the chance to further hone their geographical skills at home and in the future.

The pupils will also appreciate and benefit from the learning of the physical features of the UK. They will be assessed on how climate in the UK is different using analytical skills to interpret climate graphs. They will also learn the different types of industry within the UK and how these types of jobs contribute to the overall economy.

Pupils will be assessed on population distribution in the world and particularly in the UK and explain how sparse and density are important factors in where people live. Pupils will have the ability to read and analyse census data and then evaluate this data on why the census data is the way it is.  

Pupils are also assessed on creating a ‘Me on the Map’ project to show where they live on different scales. They showcase this project at parent’s evenings.