Aims of the Department

The Humanities Department at Fulham Boys School comprises of Geography and History.  Our aim is to develop enquiring minds which are capable of addressing the most complex issues  with the critical eye of an historian - probing sources and questioning interpretations, drawing parallels and considering consequences - and the critical eye of a geographer - identifying patterns and investigating process, examining examples and guaguing approaches. 

By the end of the Year 9 boys in both History and Geography will have had the opportunity to explore a wide range of ideas, events and issues as well as developing the skills that underpin each subject.

Our approach to lessons

The approach to teaching and learning in History and Geography at the Fulham Boys School is underpinned by generating the ‘need to know’ through igniting boys’ curiosity about the world around them and stimulating the desire to understand the processes, people and events that have shaped it. Big Questions shape each unit and guide each lesson.

Department staff


  • Alison Farrell - Head of Humanities:
  • Simon Kellie - Deputy Head Teacher, Geography Teacher
  • Duncan Craig - Geography Teacher
  • Fatimah Akhtar - Geography Teacher

Year 7 Geography curriculum 

In Year 7 the geography curriculum focuses on building boys’ knowledge about the geography around them directly and within the UK.  Through this we are able to help them develop  the skills which are vital to their success as geographers at GCSE and A Level.

Unit 1: Is London another country?

  • Roles of London
  • Characteristics of London’s population
  • Comparison of London’s population with the rest of the UK

Unit 2: Is the grass greener in other parts of the UK?

  • Rural areas in the UK
  • Population distribution
  • Ordnance Survey map evidence

Unit 3: How can we make our place better?

  • Small scale, local  fieldwork
  • Traffic counts
  • Research about sustainable transport

Unit 4: How do rivers shape the land?

  • Processes of erosion
  • Landforms in upper, middle and lower course
  • Ordnance Survey map evidence

Unit 5: Does the sea always win? Coastal processes and landforms

  • Processes of erosion, transportation and deposition
  • Landforms of erosion and deposition
  • Fieldwork visit to Littlehampton, West Sussex

Unit 6: Is it me or is it hot in here? Climate change challenge

  • Causes of climate change
  • Solutions to climate change

How the boys will be assessed in Year 7

  • Half termly, timed, in-class assessments 
  • Examinations in January and June 

Year 8 curriculum

In Year 8 boys apply their geographical knowledge, skills and understanding to events and issues at a wider scale, using geographical enquiry to pursue in-depth investigations into the challenges of events and processes that face people in specific locations.

Unit 1: Why are earthquakes problems in the 21st Century?

  • Distribution of earthquakes
  • Causes of earthquakes
  • Comparison of earthquakes in richer and poorer parts of the world

Unit 2: How many people is too many people? Population Dynamics

  1. Reasons for population growth
  2. Demographic Transition Model
  3. Managing rapidly growing populations

Unit 3: How does a city grow? Rapid Urbanisation

  • Pattern of global urban growth
  • Consequences of rapid urbanisation
  • Virtual fieldwork investigation

Unit 4: What problems does our part of the city face? Fieldwork 

  • Geographical enquiry
  • Primary data collection in the local area
  • Analysis of results
  • Presentation of conclusions and recommendations

Unit 5: Why doesn’t the UK have a rainforest? Anthromes are the new biomes

  • Pattern of global distribution of biomes
  • Characteristics of temperate deciduous woodlands
  • Fieldwork investigation 

Unit 6: Water, water everywhere - but why doesn’t everyone have access to safe, clean drinking water?

  • Patterns of rainfall vs patterns  of development
  • Consequences of lack of access to water
  • Evaluating solutions 

How the boys will be assessed in Year 8 

  • Half termly, timed, in-class assessments 
  • Examinations in January and June 

Year 9 curriculum

By Year 9 boys have developed a wide range of geographical enquiry skills, and broader knowledge of the world and the challenges that we face.  This academic year, we consider more complex issues that present global challenges; where solutions are required at different scales and on many fronts. This year boys Year 9 curriculum develop their critical thinking in geography in order to evaluate and assess the significance of issues, and the likelihood of solutions being effective.

Unit 1: Why does it always rain (on me)? Stormy Weather

  • Global atmospheric circulation
  • Formation of mid-latitude depressions & tropical revolving storms
  • Impacts of events in richer and poorer parts of the world

Unit 2: Are we safe in our leaders hands? Superpowered Geography

  • Four Pillars of superpower nations
  • Contribution of each pillar 
  • Comparative study of superpowers

Unit 3: Just how sustainable are the SDGs?

  • Patterns of development
  • Solutions to uneven and unequal development
  • Assessing the progress towards SDGs

Unit 4: What’s so special about soils?

  • Significance of soil
  • Soil patterns and development
  • Threats to soil & solutions

Unit 5: What do you mean we’re still in an ice age? 

  • Glaciation
  • Significances of mountain glaciers
  • Loss of mountain glaciers

Unit 6: Geography Ruins Everything - What’s wrong with Disaster movies?

  • Geographical theories and processes 

How the boys will be assessed in Year 9 

  • Half termly, timed, in-class assessments 
  • Examinations in January and June 

GCSE Geography

At GCSE we follow  AQA 9-1 GCSE Geography (8035) specification.  This qualification allows boys to develop their knowledge and understanding of core geographical ideas and events in depth and detail.

The qualification is made up of 3 examination papers which are sat over a 2 week period during the examination period.  The paper titles are:

  • Paper 1 Living with the Physical Environment 
  • Paper 2 Challenges of the Human Environment 
  • Paper 3 Geographical Applications
  • Paper 1 and Paper 2 are both 90 minute examination papers, and Paper 3 is a 75 minutes examination

Year 10 curriculum

  • Natural Hazards 
  • Urban Challenges
  • Urban Fieldwork
  • Resource Management

How the boys will be assessed in Year 10

  • Mid-unit and end of unit full GCSE-style practise questions
  • Examinations in December and June 

Year 11 Curriculum

  1. Physical Landscape of the UK - Coasts and Rivers
  2. Physical Fieldwork
  3. Economic World
  4. Living World

How the boys will be assessed in Year 11

  • Mid-unit and end of unit full GCSE-style practise questions
  • Pre-public examination in December 


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