Balshaw’s Church of England High School


Geography Department Staff

  • Mrs S Thomasson - Curriculum Leader
  • Miss H Blenkinship
  • Miss E Brown – (sabbatical leave)
  • Mrs M Brierley - (maternity leave)

Year 11 Geography Revision Timetable 2017

Geography revision is on Mondays from 3.30pm - 4.30pm. 

Intervention sessions are 12.55pm on Tuesday or Wednesday lunchtimes - check the list on the noticeboard on the Geography corridor if unsure.

Michael Palin quotes “Geography students hold the key to the world’s problems“ Geography at Balshaw’s gives students the opportunity to explore the world in which they live, encouraging them to develop a sense of citizenship within a local, national and global context. Students are encouraged to develop key skills such as enquiry, problem solving, decision making, synthesising ideas, identifying issues and communicating with others. This is done through investigation of the following key concepts:


Place Space Scale
Interdependence Physical and Human Processing Environmental Interaction
Sustainable development Cultural Understanding and Diversity


Key Stage 3

Students study Geography for 2 hours per week and all staff are specialist Geography teachers who follow a consistent programme of study. Students will explore case study locations from around the world and investigate environmental, social, economical, and political issues affecting today’s society.

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Geo-Skills World Climate and Ecosystems (Rainforests and Deserts) Conflict
Flood Disaster Extreme Weather
My Britain Global Development Weathering and Erosion (Ice, Water and Wind)
What is the Weather? Restless Earth
Settlements Today Tourism Today Globalisation and Me
India: A Misconception? China: A Success Story? People on the Move

Key Stage 4: Geography

Students follow the AQA Specification A. Geography is a popular option at GCSE and all groups are taught by specialists. The main focus of Specification A is an understanding of physical processes and factors that produce diverse and dynamic landscapes that change over time. This includes the interdependence of physical environments and the interaction between people and the environment, as well as an understanding of the need for sustainable management of both physical and human environments.