Subjects: Geography

Updated: Mon 11 Sep 2017   Share: Share on facebookShare on TwitterShare on MySpaceShare by Email

Geography at The Bulmershe School

Updated: Thu 15 Sep 2016   Share: Share on facebookShare on TwitterShare on MySpaceShare by Email

Geography at the Bulmershe School is up-to-date, relevant, and exciting. So many of the world's current issues are closely related to Geography and we reflect this across the curriculum. We aim to give all our students an enjoyable insight into a wide variety of topics such as: Global Warming, Natural Disasters, the future of Energy Resources, the impact of Blood Diamonds and Somali Pirates on people and places. We offer a challenging and interesting curriculum from Year 7, through to GCSE and A Level. Ultimately we hope the knowledge and transferable skills which Geography fosters will help prepare students for the complex world of employment and life.

All Geography teachers have high expectations of their students and we are very proud of the success and high standards our students achieve. The Geography Department is also keen to keep changing and improving with new teaching practices and curriculum updates, making it an exciting and dynamic place for young people to learn.


Teaching team

Should you wish to contact a teacher in this department please email the head of department and copy to our office email. (

This will mean we can ensure a swift response.

Miss Garrard: Subject Leader,  

Mrs Woodfin: Headteacher

Mr Tomala: Assistant Head Teacher

Ms Gray: Head of Year 11

Mr Linnell

Miss Emerson

Mrs Williams


The Geography department run at least one field work experience in every key stage group. These are well attended and give the students the opportunity to develop both valuable geographical skills and transferable skills such as the ability to cooperate within a team.

Year 7: Rushall farm

Year 8: Marwell Zoo

Year 10: Rushall farm and Reading town centre

Year 12: Rushall farm and Newbury town centre

Year 13: Residential to Calshot activities centre

Course details


Key Stage 3 (Years 7 - 8)- Students will study a different topic each term and will be assessed at the end of each topic. Topics and assessments are:





Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 7

What is Britain like?

How can our school environment be improved?

Global Superpowers

Geography of my stuff

Weather and Biomes

Rivers – Friend or enemy?


Baseline assessment

Map skills assessment based on Reading OS map..

Write up of investigation

USA vs Congo Comparison assessment.

Globalisation assessment paper.

End of year assessment based on all prior learning.

Year 8

Risky Places

Extreme Environments

Blood Diamonds

Dynamic Coasts


Global Issues


Numeracy Assessment – Earthquakes scatter graph.



Linear exam based on all prior learning in year 7 and 8


Extreme Environments Assessment paper.

Extended writing about blood diamonds and their impacts.

Solent assessment questions based on a pre-release resource sheet.

Global issues assessment on Somali pirates


Key Stage 4 (Years 9 - 11)

Exam Board: Eduqas B Geography





Breakdown of



Exam Length



Paper 1: Investigating Geographical Issues.







Paper 2:

Problem Solving Geography











Paper 3:

Applied Fieldwork Enquiry

3 sections:

  • 1) Theme 1, Changing Places - Changing Economies.
  • 2) Theme 2, Changing Environments.
  • 3) Theme 3, Environmental Challenges.





3 sections:

  • Part A will introduce an issue and set the geographical context.
  • Part B will outline a number of possible solutions to the issue.
  • Part C will provide an opportunity for the candidates to choose a solution and justify their choice in an extended response.




3 sections:

  • Part A: methodology (Transects), questions about own study and novel situations.
  • Part B: Concept (Sphere of Influence),

questions about own study and novel situations.

  • Part C: application of broad geographical concept to a wider UK context and assess the ability to make and justify a decision.


40% (1 hour 45 min)

Each section ends with an 8 mark question. Usually requiring decision or opinion.




30% (1 hour 30 min)


12 mark question end of part C.









30% (1 hour 30 min)


Section C will be a 10 or 12 mark question often decision based.



96 (+4 SPAG)










72 (+4 SPAG)













72 (+4 SPAG)


Key Stage 5 (Years 12 & 13)

Exam Board: AQA  

PiXL Oracle IBM DofE Healthy-Schools-Col CBEBP World-Challenge Artsmark-Silver Institute of Physics