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Gladesmore Community School

Gladesmore Community School


“Through our curriculum, we allow students to understand how human and physical processes interact to influence and change landscapes, environments and the climate.”

KS4 Specification

AQA GCSE Geography.

National Curriculum

Gladesmore Community School prides ourselves on delivering the breadth and ambition of the National Curriculum.

Curriculum Intent

Geography at Gladesmore aims to inspire students and generate curiosity and critical thinking about the ever-changing world in which they live, its multifarious people and their roles within it. The curriculum provides our students with knowledge and understanding about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with an understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. 

With our students coming from nearly fifty different feeder schools, their experience of geography at Key Stage 2 is varied. As a result, in Key Stage 3, we provide students with the foundation skills and knowledge to deepen their understanding of the physical world as they continue their study of geography into Key Stage 4 and beyond. 

Our geography provides the powerful knowledge, understanding and skills that combine to form an appreciation of how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time. Through our curriculum, we allow students to understand how human and physical processes interact to influence and change landscapes (for example, rivers), environments (for example, desertification) and the climate. Our threshold concepts of development, sustainability, interdependence are embedded into our schemes of work and - through these – we enable our students both to think geographically and to engage with key environmental issues and concerns of our time. 

We recognise that, whilst many of our students will have had access to different cultures, societies and physical environments, others may have had more limited opportunities to encounter the world outside that of their own immediate experience. We therefore enable students to carry out fieldwork at Key Stage 3 as part of their study of their local environment, and to visit both Stratford and Regent’s Park at Key Stage 4 in order to demonstrate an understanding of both physical and human geography through conducting in-depth research and fieldwork. Our curriculum hence ensures that students not only learn about their local geography (for example, the ways in which Tottenham has changed) and international geography (for example, how South Asia is being transformed); but that they are also able to engage in current debates of both geographical and societal significance, such as how the UK will produce its energy in the future.

Geography at Gladesmore seeks to take students beyond the limits of their personal experience of the world around them, building resilience, encouraging cooperation and fostering independence through their study, as they do so. In this way, we strive to engender and develop an awareness of and critical engagement with our place in the world.

Curriculum Summary

Year 7 

  • What is a geographer?
  • What is weather and climate?
  • Are tropical rainforests under threat?
  • Could we run out of water?
  • To what extent are volcanoes a risk?

Year 8 

  • How does life survive in a hot desert?
  • What impact will climate change have on our planet?
  • Who does globalisation benefit?
  • How will the UK produce its energy in the future?
  • Why are some earthquakes deadlier than others?
  • How has our local area changed?

Year 9 

  • What is development?
  • Why are rivers important?
  • How is Mumbai changing?
  • How do people interact with cold environments?
  • How is South Asia being transformed?

Year 10 

  • Coastal landscapes in the UK
  • Understanding development
  • Economic future of the UK
  • Understanding global urbanisation
  • Urban change in the UK
  • Ecosystems and tropical rainforests
  • Economic development in Brazil
  • Urban growth in Brazil
  • Fieldwork

Year 11 

  • Glacial landscapes in the UK
  • Tectonic hazards
  • Weather hazards
  • Weather hazards
  • Hot deserts
  • Resource management
  • Food
  • Issue evaluation



Gladesmore Community School
Crowland Road
N15 6EB


020 8800 0884