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Model School Primary School, Northland Rd, County Londonderry


Welcome to our Geography Department  


  • Mrs S Sherry
  • Mr. G Lennon


The study of geography helps make sense of the world and prepares pupils for roles as global citizens in the 21st century.

Geography stimulates an interest in places. It explains how places and landscapes are formed, how people and environments work together.

In our Geography Department pupils learn to use maps, visual images and new technologies.

Geography inspires pupils to think about their own place in the world, their values and responsibilities to other people, to the environment and the sustainability of the planet.

GEOGRAPHY is about places. It is about teaching children how to develop real global understanding and global citizenship so they can help to shape the world around them.

Good geographers develop a range of skills which make them highly employable and which are relevant to any future workforce. 

For pupils we seek to bring about:

  • Knowledge and understanding of the planet Earth and its peoples.
  • Lasting awareness of the world around us.
  • Sensitivity and empathy towards all others.
  • Tolerance and independent thinking.
  • Preparedness for an active citizen’s role in a changing world.

In our department every person’s opinion counts and is valued, the pupil voice is encouraged and listened to.

The following information outlines the different topics that the pupils will study at Key Stage 3 and 4

Key stage 3

Year 8

1. What is Geography?                            

2. Population and Migration

3. Mapskills

4. Settlement

Year 9

1. Weathering and Erosion

2. Rivers and Flooding

3. Coasts

4. Global Warming and Managing our Resources

5. Mapskills

Year 10

1. The Restless earth

2. Tourism

3. Our Changing Weather and Climate

4. Contrasts in World Development

5. Mapskills


Key Stage 4

At GCSE we follow the CCEA GCSE Geography Specification.

The following is an overview of what is covered in the course.


There are two tiers of entry    -      Foundation Tier - grades C–G.   Higher Tier - grades A*–D.



Unit 1:

Understanding Our Natural World


This unit covers the following themes:


Theme A: The Dynamic Landscape (50%)

Theme B: Our Changing Weather and Climate (25%)

Theme C: The Restless Earth (25%)


Written exam in JUNE  1 hour 30 minutes  - 37.5%

Unit 2:

Living in Our World


This unit covers the following themes:


Theme A: People and Where They Live (50%)

Theme B: Contrasts in World Development (25%)

Theme C: Managing Our Resources (25%)


Written exam in JUNE 1 hour 30 minutes  - 37.5%


Unit 3: Fieldwork Report -Controlled Assessment

Candidates must complete a report of no more than 2000 words based on primary data collection.




Unit 1: Understanding Our Natural World

A: The Dynamic Landscape

  • The Drainage Basin: a Component of the Water Cycle
  • River Processes and Features
  • Coastal Processes and Features
  • Sustainable Management of Rivers
  • Sustainable Management of Coasts

B: Our Changing Weather and Climate

  • Measuring the Elements of the Weather
  • Weather systems Affecting the British Isles
  • The Causes and Consequences of Climate Change

C: Restless Earth

  • Basic Rock Types
  • Plate Tectonics Theory
  • Tectonic Activity in the British Isles
  • Earthquakes: Can They Be Managed?


Unit 2: Living In Our World

A: People and Where They Live

  • Population Growth, Change and Structure
  • Settlement Site, Function and Hierarchy
  • Urbanisation in LEDCs and MEDCs

B: Contrasts in World Development

  • The Development Gap
  • Factors Contributing to Unequal Development
  • Sustainable Solutions to Deal with the Problems of Unequal Development

C: Managing Our Resources

  • The Impact of Our Increasing Use of Resources on the Environment
  • Increasing Demand for Resources in LEDCs and MEDCs
  • Managing Waste to Protect Our Environment
  • Sustainable Tourism to Preserve the Environment



Extra Curricular

GCSE after School Tuition

Fieldwork Investigations

European Day