GEOGRAPHY

Teachers

Mr J Cook
Ms E Croft
Ms M Judd English

Geography at Richmond Park Academy is an exciting and engaging subject which allows students to understand issues at both a local and global level. We believe that it is important for students to explore both physical and human geography enabling them to become informed and responsible citizens in our ever-changing world.

Students can expect to look at contemporary issues such as; Hurricane Katrina, flooding in the UK, the long-term impact of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the Japanese Tsunami, tourism in Antarctica and Thailand, what leaving the European Union means for the UK and the Rio Olympics.

We believe that fieldwork is an integral part of studying geography and therefore, we are planning some new trips this year. The aim of these trips is to allow students to experience learning outside of the classroom and gain an insight into geography in the real world.


Key Stage 3

Students in Year 7, 8 and 9 have three 55-minute lessons of geography per fortnight. They study the following units:

Year 7

Introduction to geography, map and atlas skills
The aim of the first unit is to teach the students the three main types of geography; human, physical and environmental. They then learn and practise a variety of map skills such as four and six-figure grid references, direction and scale and map symbols. They practice these skills using real Ordnance Survey maps.

Geography of the UK
This scheme of work focuses on the physical, human and cultural geography of the UK. Students use maps to identify and locate human and physical features, they investigate where the population of the UK originate from and the cultural differences between them. We also use this as an opportunity to evaluate the impact of the UK leaving the EU. Students finish by looking at their home and capital city, London and produce a presentation for the tourist board on advertising one country in the UK.

Antarctica and Global Warming
This unit focuses on what it is actually like in Antarctica from the animals that live there and how food chains can be affected to the various people who have attempted exploration. Students will draw line graphs to see how the climate changes throughout the year and imagine what it would have been like to have been a tourist aboard the sinking cruiser in 2007. Students will also learn what global warming is, the effects and how it can be prevented.

Rivers and Flooding
This unit starts with students learning about the hydrological cycle and how it transports water around the earth. We then look at the physical geography of a river e.g. the processes and how it helps create formations like waterfalls and meanders. The unit also comprises of how humans use rivers and the threats that these can sometimes pose if they flood.

The Horn of Africa
Students will gain an understanding of the physical features of the countries in the Horn of Africa and the different climates and biomes within it. They will explore how people survive in the Danakil Depression (the hottest place on earth) and how coffee is farmed in the Ethiopian Highlands. They will finish the topic by exploring piracy in Somalia and why it is such an issue.

Population
Students will gain an understanding of how the population of the world is changing. They will understand how we measure population growth and which areas of the world are growing more than others and the reasons for this. They will also focus on the UK and what is happening to its population. They will think about the future and ask  - can the planet can sustain such rapid population growth?

Year 8

  • Earthquakes and volcanoes
  • Paradise lost
  • Weather and climate
  • China
  • Geography of sport
  • India

Year 9:

  • Development, globalisation and the fashion industry
  • Japan
  • Coastal changes
  • Food and water
  • Challenge of extreme environments
  • Russia
Students are set one piece of homework per week which should take them at least 30 minutes to complete.

Key Stage 4

Year 10 and 11
Exam board: AQA

The students study three units over two years:
  1. Living with Physical Environment (written exam - 35% - 1 ½ hours)
    • The challenge of natural hazards
    • The living world
    • Physical landscapes in the UK
  2. Challenges in the Human Environment (written exam - 35% - 1 ½ hours)
    • Urban issues and challenges
    • The changing economic world
    • The challenge of resource management
  3. Fieldwork and issue investigation (written exam - 30% - 1 hour 15 minutes)
Students at Key Stage 4 have three 50-minute lessons a week and will receive at least one hour of homework every week. The students are regularly assessed through practice GCSE questions and mock papers.

Key Stage 5

Year 12 and 13
Exam board: AQA

The students study three units over two years:
  1. Physical Geography (written exam - 40% - 2 ½ hours)
    • Water and carbon cycles
    • Coastal systems and landscapes
    • Hazards 
  2. Human Geography (written exam - 40% - 2 ½ hours)
    • Global systems and governance
    • Changing places
    • Contemporary urban environments
  3. Geography Fieldwork Investigation (coursework internally marked and externally moderated - 20%)
Students at A Level have five lessons of geography every week and are expected to complete at least five hours of independent study a week.