Geography is a chance for students to explore and learn about the exciting world around them. We study various topics, dividing our studies between Human units, such as population on world development, Tourism in extreme environments and Physical units such as the formation of Limestone pavements, Tors and Tectonic activity around the world.

Students bridge gaps between their environment and that of the wider world, providing them with insight into how their world and others are symbiotic.

Geography also gives students key skills which enable them to think critically, formulate and test their own ideas and opinions and challenge and stretch their perceptions. These skills are undoubtedly transferable to many other aspects of not just school life, but life beyond the classroom too.

Geography at Castle Hall Academy will enable students to;

Collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes.

Interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

Communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.


Key Stage 3

Year 7


Global Environmental Issues


Transport and traffic

The Yorkshire Dales

Year 8

Biomes of the world



Primary Industry – Farming


Food Considerations

Year 9

Population Change


Tectonic formations

Urban settlement and development




AQA 8035 (1):

Paper 1: The Physical Environment

A critical look at Tectonic, weather and climate features from around the world.

How it’s assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 88 marks (including 3 marks for spelling, punctuation, grammar and specialist terminology (SPaG))

35% of GCSE


AQA 8035 (2)

Paper 2The Human Environment

Students learn about the human element to geography, examining things such Urban Settlements and the Challenge of Resource Management.

How it’s assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 88 marks (including 3 marks for SPaG)
  • 35% of GCSE
Pa AQA 8035 (3)Paper 3: Geographical skills and Fieldwork 1:
How it’s assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • 76 marks (including 6 marks for SPaG)
  • 30% of GCSE
  • Pre-release resources booklet made available 12 weeks before Paper 3 exam

Subject Staff

  • Miss A Mellor

  • Mr D Perkins

  • Mr N Skilton