Geography is the subject which holds the key to our future

Pupils are taught about the relationship between the earth and its people and how we can be environmentally aware. The school is fortunate to have a large woodland area and river running through its grounds, allowing pupils the ability to study many areas of the syllabus practically.


In the Infants, we begin to develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of places and processes in the world, both locally and beyond. We also encourage them to conduct simple investigations in our extensive grounds.


As they move through the Junior School, the pupils widen their knowledge about the world and expand their knowledge and skills base, through classroom work, working in the local environment and field trips. From Year 5 upwards, the pupils are taught by a Geography specialist.


As they progress into the Senior School, they continue to learn in a variety of ways and their independent study skills are developed through a study of a particular aspect of the subject.

In year 7, pupils begin to learn about Geomorphological Processes, starting with looking at whether their school is breaking up! Then focussing on coasts, rivers and glaciers. They then move onto Weather and Climate and develop a deeper understanding of the water cycle and its importance, microclimates and finally looking at why the Lake District is so wet. Pupils final study is settlements and their functions and using London as an example at how it has grown.

In Year 8, pupils move on to learning about Tectonic Processes, looking at case-studies for both earthquakes and volcanoes. They then move on to understanding what Economic activity is, focussing on globalisation and understanding the different types e.g. primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary. Their final study is Environmental issues, learning about National Parks, ecosystems and understanding protecting the rural environment.


Year 9,10 and 11 pupils follow the AQA syllabus of study where Paper One covers Living with the physical environment, pupils will learn from what natural hazards are, climate change to hot deserts and river landscapes. Paper Two covers Challenges in the human environment where pupils will learn from urbanisation, the development and to resource management. Finally, in Paper Three covers geographical applications and skills where the pupils will learn complete a fieldwork study as well as how to answer an issue evaluation paper.

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Beech Hall School Parent – Summer ’23