Geography at Park is a dynamic and interesting subject.  We study a wide range of both physical and human aspects of geography.  Topics include earthquakes, population, rivers and a variety of country specific studies.  As part of this breadth of study, we also cover subject specific skills such as map reading and cross curricular skills including research, analysis and presentation.

The GCSE course follows the AQA Geography 1-9 Specification, covering units on natural hazards, population and development, climate change, tourism, coasts and rivers.

Throughout all years we strongly encourage participation in fieldwork to support class based learning and we offer a wide range of opportunities to learn the subject through practical experience.  These include activities in a coastal location, study of a local factory, tourist attraction and real life study of a local river.  At GCSE, fieldwork opportunities are increased further, with field-based being part of our controlled assessment focus. The programmes we deliver are fully differentiated to cater for all abilities and learning styles, including dedicated activities for gifted and talented students, with competitions based on research and presentation.

We encourage regular monitoring of news and current issues to support the learning in this subject.

Geography and History Italy 2013

Ms Hall Tomkin, Mrs Goodman and Mr Cuthbertson took 21 Year 10 and 11 students to the Sorrento area of Italy for 4 days. It was a busy few days, visiting the Solfatara hot springs, climbing to the top of Mount Vesuvius, touring the ruins of Pompeii, catching a ferry to the island of Capri and having a go at making our own ice cream! We managed to catch Italy in a heat wave, with temperatures hitting 40 degrees on the day we went to Pompeii.  However it was a fantastic trip, and a great time was had by all!

Following this very successful joint Geography and History trip, we are planning to go again in 2015. See Mrs Goodman or Mrs Hall Tomkin for more information.

Details on the 2015 trip will be available soon!









Year 7 Themes

Geography skills

Urban and Rural Environments

Energy and Environmental issues

The Geography of the UK

Weather and climate

Countries and Cities


Lesson Titles

How do I use an atlas?

Mapping the UK

Using O/S maps

Distance and direction


Environmental survey of school




Describing my environment

Urban environments – city stress

Cities in the UK


Urban greening and regeneration

Urban Transport solutions

Sustainable cities

Rural environments

Rural issues

Local Fieldwork

Energy sources

Energy issues

Fossil fuels

Carbon Footprint

Renewable energy

Global warming causes and evidence

Global warming effects and futures

Food management

Water management

Living sustainably- Recycling

What is Geography?

Geography of the UK:

-Cities and Transport

-Rivers and Relief

Mapping my community

Describing UK landscapes

Barnstaple sketching

Comparing Landscapes



What is weather and climate?

Types of weather

Types of rain

Measuring and forecasting weather


Extreme weather – UK Floods and Bangladesh Floods



Studying Africa

Locating and visiting countries (plan a trip to Kenya (ICT)

Horn of Africa


Geography of Kenya

Rural Kenya

Urban Kenya

Economic Activities in Kenya



Year 8 Themes



Zombie Apocalypse &


Ecosystems and Management

Microclimate Study


Oceans and Coasts


Atmospheric Hazards

Geography Olympiad

Lesson Titles

How has the world’s population changed?

What is changing world population?

Global Migration examples?


Migration to Europe.

Migration-Poles to UK

Ageing Population- UK

Migration – Mexico to USA

Zombie Apocalypse mini unit (Map skills revision)

Types of jobs – Employment pie charts

Farming - location

Manufacturing - location

The service industry – location


North/South Divide UK

Impact of industry

Future jobs/industry

Multinationals- Nike

Fair trade in Kenya

What makes environments special?

Ecosystems and food webs

How do humans impact environments?

The UK’s Ecosystems- case study deciduous woodland

What is the Amazon like?

Equatorial climates

Rainforest destruction

Sustainably managing the Amazon

Ecotourism case study


Fieldwork and study of how weather components vary around the school site


China Country Study


Physical features

Population Distribution


Oceans on the Edge. Threats to the ocean

Coastal features

Coastal processes

Managing coasts – Swanage

Managing coasts – Westward Ho!




6 Lessons including Class final

Monday 10th July

School final

What is atmospheric circulation

What is a hurricane

What are the primary and secondary effects of hurricanes- Bangladesh?

Planning for a hurricane

What is drought

What are the effects of drought?


Year 9 Themes



Extreme Environments

Tectonic processes



Dark Tourism




Lesson Titles

Hydrological cycle

River processes

Upper course

Middle course

Lower course

Flood protection UK

Flood protection Bangladesh

Water Management



Biomes and ecosystems globally

Polar regions - Antarctica

Desert regions – Sahara

To include:

Climate, Location, Use, Issues, Management, Futures



Tectonics 101

Earth structure

Types of volcano

Volcano case study – Etna primary and secondary effects

Earthquake case study – Haiti

primary and secondary effects

Tsunami- primary and secondary effects

Disaster planning


What is development

Measuring development – GDP - HDI

Comparing development

Debt and trade

Tourism and development

Study of Ghana- AID

Dark Tourism

A series of lessons reflecting on the positives and negatives and ethics  of tourism to places that have experienced war and disaster

Why do settlements grow?

Urbanisation - maps

Rural –urban migration

Settlement growth- Models

Mega Cities

Squatter settlements- Kibera

Cities in the UK

Problems in MEDC’s


Sustainable cities –


China’s one child policy

Assignment to include:

Geography of the UK

Geography of EU

Global Geography

Map Skills




KS4 – GCSE AQA 8035

Year 10

Year 11

The Challenge of Natural Hazards

Weather Hazards – Tropical storms

Tectonic Hazards – Earthquakes and Volcanoes

UK Weather Extremes

Climate Change


The Living World


Tropical Rainforest

Hot Deserts

Urban Issues and Challenges

Urban Change

Comparison of A UK city and a city in a LIC

Urban regeneration and sustainability

Bristol Fieldwork


The Changing Economic World

Measuring Development

Causes of uneven development

Strategies to reduce the development gap

Rapid economic change in a LIC

UK Economic Futures

Physical Landscapes in the UK – Coasts

Coastal Processes and Landforms

Coastal Management


The Challenge of Resources Management

Global inequalities in the supply of resources

Demand for a resource: Water

Strategies to increase water supply


Fieldwork Skills

Westward Ho! Fieldwork

Fieldwork Planning

Fieldwork Techniques & Evaluation

Presentation Techniques & Analysis

Issue Evaluation

Critical thinking and problem-solving about a geographical issue.

Resources are released 12 weeks prior to the exam

Physical Landscapes in the UK - Rivers

Fluvial Processes and Landforms

Flood Management