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Northampton School for Boys

Northampton School for Boys


Team Leader - Mrs T. O`Neill

Year 7-9

Geography is a very popular subject at NSB and is taught to all boys in years 7-9. A wide range of topics are taught.

At present these are:

Year 7

Place – looking at the student local area. Student’s also complete project on their primary schools.
Map work – students learn basic OS map skills and how to apply these.
Identity – a closer look at the link between physical places and the communities that live in them.
Connections –local, national and global connections and the impacts of these on students
Rivers and Flooding - the physical process involved in river formation and flooding. Alongside the impacts this can have on people.
Micro-climates – an investigation in the climate surrounding Northampton School for Boys

Year 8

Weather and Climate – An in depth looking to the impacts of climatic conditions and how we measure these.
Extreme Weather –the formation and impacts of hurricanes and other extreme weather events
Resources – a detailed looking to the current and future ways in which we can meet our energy demands and the consequences this could have for the planet.
Antarctica – a case study of a fragile landscape.
Food Miles – how globalised our food has become and why.
Less developed country study - Ghana

Year 9

Natural Hazards - Earthquakes
Emerging Countries 

After students make their GCSE choices GCSE teaching begins in Term 6.

 GCSE - Y10-11

We now teach GCSE Geography using the 2016 Edexcel B Specification.

Topics taught are:

Year 10

    1. People and the Biosphere (Year 9)
    2. Forest Under Threat (Year 9)
    3. The Hazardous Earth – Climatic hazards
    4.  Development Dynamics
    5.  UK’s Evolving Landscapes

Year 11 

    1. Hazards – Tectonics
    2. The Challenges of an Urbanising World
    3. UK Geographical Issues
    4. Consuming Energy Resources

Assessment is via two 90 minute papers making up between them, 75% of the final grade and a decision making exercise worth 25%. Fieldwork is an integral part of the course also.

Sixth Form

In the Sixth Form the subject is studied in much more depth and follows the Edexcel GCE Specification.

Year 12

Tectonic Processes and Hazards, Coastal Landscapes, Globalisation, Regenerating Places

Year 13

The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity, The Carbon Cycle and Energy Insecurity, Climate Change Futures, Superpowers, Migration, Identity and Sovereignty

There is a compulsory requirement to complete at least 4 days of fieldwork away from school. A residential course is integral to the Geography course, one day field activities may also take place.

Assessment is via written examinations making up 80% of the final grade and an independent investigation that comprises 20%.

Please contact the school if you would like to find out more about the curriculum.

The Team

Mrs T. O'Neill
Mr G. Smith
Mr T. Barfoot
Ms C. Alderson
Mr W. McAteer

Northampton School for Boys, Billing Road, Northampton, NN1 5RT
01604 230240