The power of geography is to satisfy the connection with curiosity about the world we live in today. It is a relevant and highly important topic which delves deeper than simply geography trivia of the longest river and highest mountain. In geography we encourage our pupils to explore, be inquisitive, debate and persuade with the aim of raising global awareness and understanding of places and spaces.

Career links

  • Air pollution analyst
  • Energy and utilities
  • Education
  • Forestry consultant
  • Hydrologist
  • Nature and agriculture
  • Oceanography
  • Urban planner


Geography at Rhyddings will equip our pupils with a deep understanding of the world we live in. Pupils will explore the past, present and future, developing knowledge skills and culture understanding of many different regions.

Geography ensures that pupils are able to interpret and understand the diverse, dynamic and ever-changing world around them. It is important that pupils “see” the geography everywhere they go and are able to acquire a sense of place through experiential learning which then leads to a sense of wider global citizenship. It is vital to ensure that there is a balance and links between human, physical and environmental geographical elements alongside providing opportunities for enquiry-based skills and learning outside the classroom.

Geography is an extensive and diverse subject area encompassing a wide range of elements from economic and political systems to geomorphological processes that have shaped our landscape and future global concerns. Geography also incorporates the study of global cultures, societies and ethics helping our pupils to develop a broad understanding of the world and consequently this allows them to develop tolerance and inclusivity.
Geography is a subject that develops many cross-curricular skills such as reading, using statistical data, making comparisons.


Subject progression & sequencing (topic length in weeks)

Autumn 1
Autumn 2
Spring 1
Spring 2
Summer 1
Summer 2
Year 7
  • Local places
    (an introduction to Geography) –  the local area, community, history and map skills.
    Introduction to fieldwork, data collection and presentation.
  • Weather and climate (UK)
    The difference between weather and climate.
    Developing data collection and presentation skills.
    Collecting micro-climate data from around the school grounds.
  • Hot Deserts 1
    Introducing global ecosystems and adaptations (both physical and human).
  • Hot Deserts 2
    Comparing a range of different desert regions.
  • Crazy Cities & Settlements
    Population trends and settlements.
    Comparing places around the world.
  • Food and famine
    Local and global inequalities.
    Human and physical factors surrounding food production.
    Famine across the world.
    Global citizenship.
Year 8
  • Polar environments
    Discovering why life in polar regions is so challenging and how humans, animals and plants have adapted to survive.
  • Oceans
    Develops our pupil’s awareness of global issues such as plastic pollution and climate change
  • Populations
    Discovering how population rise can have a direct impact across the world in even the most remote regions.
  • Coasts
    Understanding how the physical landforms of our coastlines are shaped and how humans can have an impact on these.
  • Energy
    Understanding of how energy use across the UK and wider world has developed and increased and the impact of this
  • Energy
    Developing an awareness of the importance of energy across the globe. This topic encourages pupils to consider how their actions now can impact their future selves
Year 9
  • Rocks & Rivers
    Understanding the global distribution of rock types across the UK
  • Money and power
    How money and power is distrusted across the globe, how power is used by each country and the impacts of this
  • Hazards 1
    Hazards across the world from volcanic eruptions to wildfires
  • Hazards 2
    The causes, impact’s and responses to each hazard and asks pupils to compare these across the world to understand the differences in development
  • Climate change
    What is it and what are the causes? How will this impact on our future?
  • What if?
    Encouraging pupils to think outside the box we bring together knowledge from all topics to answer the futures questions.
    Pupils apply geographical enquiry skills to future scenarios, hopefully inspiring the future generation to be the change!
Year 10
  • Changing cities
  • Coasts – coastal processes using the example of the Holderness coast in East Yorkshire
  • Weather and climate
  • The UK
  • The UK
  • Resource management – managing our energy needs, renewable energy
  • Resource management
  • Fieldwork – Ambleside
Year 11
  • Climate change
  • Extreme weather
  • Ecosystems – deciduous woodlands of the UK
  • Rivers
  • Changing cities- Mexico City, issues and solutions
  • Fieldwork – Rivers
  • Revision and exam preparation

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