Skip to content ↓
The De La Salle Academy

The De La Salle Academy

The De La Salle Academy

Inspiring People;
Breaking Boundaries


Directorate Staff
Mr J. Donnahey

Curriculum Intent

Every time you walk through a geography classroom door you will have the opportunity to think deeply and ask questions about the world you live in. You will meet staff who care for you and want you to succeed and to be the best person you can be.

We are responsible for providing you with powerful ways of analysing, explaining and understanding the world. You are responsible for giving effort and showing a positive attitude, you will follow and actively participate in debates in significant local, national and global issues. We are responsible for challenging you, there will be struggles and setbacks along the way, but we our here to listen, support you and help you learn from the mistakes.

You live in the world city of Liverpool and it makes sense for you to understand physical and human factors that impact on the development of Liverpool. We will take your thinking away from Liverpool to understand the physical and human features of the United Kingdom. You will study geography outside the classroom by visiting coastlines, rivers, mountains, cities and tourist attractions.

You study in a La Sallian school that is connected to schools and people in 80 countries around the world. Therefore you will made aware of all current global issues affecting the world, you will have the opportunity to investigate places and people from different continents. You will develop the skill of empathy when understanding how people’s lives can be affected by geography. Within our lessons you know showing respect to yourself and others is important, when you do this you inspire others around you.

As you leave the classroom we say goodbye and you take away key concepts and skills to grow as a responsible citizen. Your world is constantly changing and how you decide to live within this planet will impact on everyone’s future.

Curriculum Implementation




Year 7

Students will have a locational knowledge of Liverpool and other global cities by investigating places using OS maps and satellite images. Students will understand the world’s population is rising, we will investigate the reasons people migrate to and from the UK. Students will understand the difference between weather and climate and how they both vary for people living in the UK and Asia. Students will understand about UK and world trade and investigate how the Port of Liverpool accelerates globalisation. We conclude with an investigation as students applying their Year 7 subject knowledge to learn about Russia.

Year 8

Students will understand levels of development are unequal around the world.  Students will use data to analyse how urbanisation changed Liverpool from a fishing village to a global city. Students will develop understanding of weather by exploring the cause and effect of extreme weather events in tropical areas.  Students will ask questions about the physical world to decide if the Merseyside coastline is changing and how it can be protected. Students will discuss big environmental topics like desertification in North Africa and ways humans can interact with earth in a more sustainable way. 

Year 9

Students will have knowledge of the causes and effects of earthquakes and volcanoes and will show empathy for the people who manage risk by living near them. Students will investigate the continent of Africa to discover its physical landscape. Students will recognise the challenges and opportunities it’s people face now and in the next 20 years. Students will engage in the big topic of climate change, they will analyse data to identify causes and the consequences it will have in the UK landscape and people around the world.  Students will investigate how rivers create and shape the UK landscape and appreciate how important River Mersey is to settlements, businesses and people.

Year 10

GCSE Students will have knowledge of the distinctive UK landscape and they will explore how costal and river landscapes are created and how they are becoming under threat from human behaviours. We will investigate the urbanisation of the world and compare and contrast two cities from different economic development stand points. Students will debate the controversial issue of climate change by studying the human effect and the economic and environmental impacts of climate change on a local and global scale. Students will conduct two fieldwork visits to investigate both physical and human factors and to perform the role of a geographer.

Year 11

GCSE students will investigate two contrasting ecosystems of tropical rainforests and hot desert environments by exploring physical cycles and processes that make them so distinctive.  Students will understand the development of countries is uneven and they will research the complex causes of why development is unfair. Students will analyse the UK ability to drive change and compete with other economic superpowers. Students are taught geographical skills throughout the units, this enables them to access the decision making- style exam questions in paper 3.


Curriculum Impact

The students will be challenged in lessons to develop their geographic literacy and to consistently practice geographical skills throughout all units. Students are required to analyse data and produce findings by constructing graphs, pie charts and bar charts. The development and justification of own ideas based on geographical concepts and understanding will be presented in writing, students will demonstrate PEEL paragraph writing and extended essay writing. The curriculum will encourage students to enquire about what they see and hear and to form opinions and engage in geography debates. Investigative skills will be evident when conducting fieldwork and responding to hypotheses to reach a conclusion.

Students are assessed during individual lessons to measure progress in understanding subject content and confidence in how they apply geographical skills. We focus on recalling subject information by using quick recall questions and by embedding learning links between topics to enable students to reinforce learnt knowledge.  At the end of each unit students will either complete a classroom written test, complete a geographical enquiry activity or deliver a presentation after conducting an investigation. The GCSE students will complete 3 written exam papers at the end of the Year 11.


Examination information 

Contact: Mr J. Donnahey
Applies to: Years 10 - 11
Course Type: GCSE
Exam Board: AQA
Specification: 8035
Board Website: