North Shore Academy

Outcomes Focused, Child Centred



At North Shore academy all students access the subject, LIFE. This programme demonstrates our commitment to developing spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC). RE is studied within this programme. Students also study PSHCE (Personal Social, Health and Citizenship Education) within the LIFE curriculum. SRE (Sexual Health and Relationships education) is also a part of this programme of study where students are taught about healthy relationships. Careers modules are also studied.


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During Key Stage 3 Geography students are introduced to the skills, knowledge and understanding to help equip them for KS4. Students in Year 7 and in Year 8 have two lessons per week with their Geography teacher.

In Year 7, students begin by learning key geographical skills which they will take with them throughout their time at secondary school. Following their skills unit they are exposed to physical geography units covering topics such as climate and climate change, tropical storms, river and coastal environments and ecosystems.

In Year 8, students study a range of both human and physical geography units. Topics include tectonics and tectonic hazards, urban environments and the geography of global conflict. Students also study a geographical enquiry where they must use their knowledge to make a decision on a geographical issue and/or question.

There is a natural progression from KS3 into GCSE. We follow the AQA 9-1 specification. The course is linear and exam based; this means students sit all of their exams at the end of the three year course:

  • Paper 1 : Physical Geography
  • Paper 2 : Human Geography
  • Paper 3 : Geographical Applications

Topics we study include: The Living World, Physical Landscapes in the UK, Challenge of Natural Hazards, Urban Issues and Challenges, The Changing Economic World and The Challenge of Resource Management.

Throughout the units of work students are encouraged to make links between each one and to examine the battles between the man-made world and the natural world. Students will learn how to problem solve and how to think critically about contemporary geographical issues.

In addition to this, geography students will also take part in two geographical enquiries where they will have two local fieldwork studies in Year 10.