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Rivington & Blackrod High School




Head of Geography  - Mrs K Parkinson


Subject Overview

A high-quality geography education should inspire pupils with a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Pupils should be equipped with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.

Pupils will develop their knowledge across the key stages, helping them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments.

In addition to knowledge of places and understanding of processes, students will develop key geographical skills. These will include the collection, analysis and communication of fieldwork data; the use of maps, GIS and diagrams; and the use of numeracy and literacy skills. 

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Key Stage 3 Overview

We follow the National Curriculum for Geography at Key Stage 3 - Click here

Pupils will extend their Key Stage 2 knowledge of the world by studying places such as India, Africa, the Middle East and China. Students will develop their understanding of human and physical processes, as well as the interaction between the two. Students will build on their knowledge of maps, particularly Ordnance Survey maps. Students will also develop their fieldwork enquiry skills. 

Key Stage 4 Overview

We follow the AQA GCSE specification for Geography at Key Stage 4 - Click here

Pupils will study three main components. In the ‘Living with the Physical Environment’ unit pupils will develop an understanding of the tectonic, geomorphological, biological and meteorological processes and features in different environments. The ‘Challenges in the Human Environment’ unit allows pupils to develop an understanding of the factors that produce a diverse variety of human environments, how these environments change over time and how they can be sustainably managed. Finally, ‘The Geographical Applications’ unit is designed to be synoptic in that students will be required to draw together knowledge, understanding and skills from the full course of study, including fieldwork. 

Key Stage 5 Overview

We follow the AQA A-Level specification for Geography at Key Stage 5 - Click here

Students will be assessed on three main components which will develop their geographical skills and understanding. The ‘Physical Geography’ unit will allow students to study key processes such as water and carbon cycles, coastal systems and hazards in depth. The ‘Human Geography’ unit enables students to develop an understanding of key issues such as global systems and global governance, how human environments are interconnected and change and how both environmental and social challenges are present as a result of urban growth. Students will also complete an individual investigation which must include data collected in the field.