Welcome to the Geography Dept.

Welcome to the Geography Department

Geography is about you and the 7.4 billion people you share the planet with. It is both an exciting and relevant subject which involves learning about people and places, and how they interact with their environment. We investigate current topical issues, using a range of technology and fieldwork, and our staff are dedicated to helping students enjoy their studies, as well as challenging them in their learning. We are a well resourced department, and use a variety of teaching and learning strategies to engage our students.

Key Stage 3 Areas of Study

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
What is Geography?
Map Skills
People and Places.
Weather and You.
Tourism, good or bad?
Rivers Watery World
The Chinese are coming!
Challenging Environments
Risky World
People everywhereGlobalisation


GCSE Geography

In KS4, students visit Sand Bay to complete coastal fieldwork and Bristol to complete urban field work. This is compulsory fieldwork and is assessed in the exam. We follow the OCR B Geography for enquiring minds exam board.

There are 3 units which are examined at the end of Year 11:

Unit 1: Our Natural World

Unit 2: People and Society

Unit 3: Geographical exploration


A Level Geography

At A Level, students complete a one day fieldtrip to Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door and a four night fieldtrip residential course at Orielton Field Studies Centre. They study coastal process and management, as well as urban and rural rebranding.

Following on from the GCSE course students analyse topical world issues in depth and we follow the Edexcel A level exam board.

Paper 1: Tectonics, Landscape Systems, Water Cycle and Insecurity, The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security.

Paper 2: Globalisation, Regenerating Places, Superpowers, Health, Human Rights and Intervention.

Paper 3: Synoptic Paper.


Members of Staff

Mrs K Thompson – Curriculum Leader KThompson@nailseaschool.com

Mrs E Jones – Geography Teacher GJones@nailseaschool.com

Mr C Bunce – Geography Teacher CBunce@naisleaschool.com



Geography - More Information

Fieldwork is an important part of the KS3, 4 and 5 curriculum. In KS3 students participate in a mapping challenge at Chepstow. They visit a number of sites in Geography and collect data on how Chepstow varies from place to place. In year 8 students visit Arnos Vale Cemetery and look at the importance of the environment. In years 10 and 11 students complete coastal fieldwork at Sand Bay and urban fieldwork in Bristol. At A level we visit Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door as well as completing a 4 night residential field study course at Orielton Pembrokeshire, to collect data for their independent investigation.