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Broadwater School



Teachers: Mr Russell Wait, Mrs Cecilia Davey, and Mrs Jenny Hanson

Department: HUMANITIES

Humanities Subject Leader: Mr Russell Wait


Ms R Till COIN Centre Humanities

Ms M Turner PB Humanities

Geography is a dynamic subject that generates much discussion. It deals with a range of contemporary issues that affect us and the world around us.

Homework tasks can be viewed on the showmyhomework website

Geography and Information Technology 

The department uses ICT in a variety of ways and now boasts a small humanities computer room.  Pupils will use GIS (Geographical Information Systems)  to assist decision making in tasks such as where to place flood protection or new residential areas. The Internet will be used as an important research tool in activities such webquests to provide up-to-date case study information and viewing weather around the world with real time webcams.  We are building in the capabilities of the new ipads as data loggers in fieldwork and as a method to access advanced mapping activities. 

Educational Visits

Experiences outside the classroom are an integral part of Geography, and we will be expanding the access we give of this to our students.

Fieldwork ranges from international trips to investigations within the school grounds. Recent opportunities include visiting a variety of tectonic landscapes in Iceland, viewing the impacts of volcanic eruption in Naples, monitoring the schools solar panels, assessing microclimates, investigations into the impacts of the 2012 Olympics on Stratford, comparing the beaches of West Wittering and Selsey.

In addition to this groups of pupils have the opportunity to attend workshops by the British Cartographic Association, seminars on Disaster Management from leading university academics, NGOs and Heads of Government Departments.

As a department we are members of the Geographical Association which has allowed us to enter teams on this year’s Worldwise Quiz, celebrate Geography Awareness Week and begin the process towards gaining our Secondary Geography Quality Mark.

Please see curriculum map below for all years.

British Values

Humanities Department

British Values


Within the humanities subjects, we foster a sense of interest and pride in British values and what it means to be British.

To understand what British values are we must first understand our place in the world and this is taught through British history since the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Britain’s role as a global power and the changes in attitudes towards slavery are also covered highlighting our growth as a nation which questions and challenges its values and strives to do the right thing in light of our past and also understand what our modern diverse society is like today.

Modern questions concerning immigration particularly focusing on the enlarged European Union are tackled in geography where we examine the impact of more recent rivals. Students are encouraged to look beyond headlines and examine the facts to see how our nation has been built by fairness, tolerance and acceptance of those coming here to build a better life and make positive contributions to British society.

As a multi faith society Religious Education has a crucial role to play in upholding the key British values of freedom of expression. Students study the major religions to gain a greater understanding into different faiths.

We believe that through the teaching in humanities, students can effectively explore what their role is in a modern and rapidly changing society.  This incorporates and uses the 4 C’s to help ensure that students can appreciate, question and understand the fabric of our society.  This in turn enables our students to become pillars of society and ensure that we are educating students for life.

British Values in humanities will enable students to

  • Distinguish right from wrong
  • Allow them to contribute to society
  • Acquire knowledge of the way Britain works outside the classroom
  • Ensure students can demonstrate and promote tolerance and empathy amongst a range of traditions, cultures and religions
  • Respect one another
  • Understand their role in society and democracy

Key Stage 3

Click HERE to see the Key Stage 3 Geography Curriculum Map – 2022/2023

Key Stage 4

Geography is popular choice at GCSE enabling pupils to study a range of topics from across Human, Physical and Environmental areas. This allows our pupils to gain a broad understanding of the world around them, the processes within this which are impacting on our day to day lives and appreciate their place within our global village.

Topics: Restless Earth, Battle for the Biosphere, Climate and Change, Water World, Coastal Change, Extreme Environments, Population Dynamics, Consuming Resources, Challenges of the Urban Environment, Changing Settlements of the UK, Development and Dilemmas and Globalisation.

Click HERE to see the Broadwater - Key Stage 4 Geography Curriculum Map 

GCSE Exam Specification:

Students follow the Edexcel Specification A GCSE. 

The link below will take you to exam papers where practice papers can be downloaded.

Key Stage 4 Revision Resources 

Textbooks/revision guides:

A revision guide can be published from Pearson or Amazon

Edexcel GCSE Geography Specification A


There is also an accompanying workbook which has further exam questions

ISBN: 9781292133737

The textbook used in lesson time is also available to purchase direct from the publisher.

ISBN: 9781446927755

Websites: (also an app)

Red revision documents:

Students will be given a number of additional revision materials throughout year 11.