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

The Geography of the UK

Geography skills

Energy and Environmental issues

Weather and climate

Urban and Rural Environments

Countries and Cities- UK v Kenya


Lesson Titles

What is Geography?

Geography of the UK:

-Cities and Transport

-Rivers and Relief

Mapping my community

Describing UK landscapes

Barnstaple sketching

Comparing Landscapes


Maps. Graphs, statistics, surveys, photo’s, sketches


Takeaway Homework- London

How do I use an atlas

Mapping the UK

Using O/S maps

Distance and direction


Environmental survey of school



O/S maps, Atlas, Scale,  Surveys






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

Graphs, Data, 



What is weather and climate?

Types of weather

Types of rain

Measuring and forecasting weather


Extreme weather – UK Floods and Bangladesh Floods



Graphs, synoptic charts, data, ICT


Describing my environment

Urban environments – city stress

Cities in the UK


Urban greening and regeneration

Urban Transport solutions

Sustainable cities

Rural environments

Rural issues

UK’s natural environments

Lake District and Exmoor and National Parks

Maps. Graphs, statistics, surveys, photo’s, sketches

Studying UK and Kenya

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

Geography of Kenya

Rural Kenya

Urban Kenya

Economic Activities in  Kenya

Bristol versus Nairobi

On Safari


Maps, photo’s, ICT









Year 8 Themes

Population  and Migration


Economic activity and Globalisation

Ecosystems and Management

Amazon rainforest

Atmospheric Hazards



Lesson Titles

Geography of Europe

Where are the world’s countries?

Why are some places densely populated?

Bristol over time

Population growth – graph

Population pyramids

Young populations

Ageing populations

Migration – Poles - UK

Maps. Graphs, statistics

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

Pie charts, ICT  Visit?

Takeaway Homework- Russia

What makes environments special?

Ecosystems and food webs

How do humans impact environments?

The UK’s Ecosystems- case study deciduous woodland

Glaciated Landscapes in UK

Antarctica management

Tourism in Thailand


Maps, webs and chains, photos, O/S maps


What is the Amazon like?

Equatorial climates

Rainforest destruction

Sustainably managing the Amazon

Ecotourism case study



Virtual fieldwork. Charts, graphs, sketches, ICT



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?

Drought and AID- Kenya


Synoptic charts, satellite images

Zoo visit

Coastal features

Coastal processes

Managing coasts – Swanage

Managing coasts – Westward Ho!



Sketching O/S maps, ICT










Year 9 Themes



Climates and Environments

Tectonic processes







Lesson Titles

Hydrological cycle

River processes

Upper course

Middle course

Lower course

Flood protection UK

Flood protection Bangladesh

Water Management


O/S maps, sketches



Biomes and ecosystems globally

Polar regions - Antarctica

Desert regions – Sahara

To include:

Climate, Location, Use, Issues, Management, Futures



Charts, graphs, sketches, ICT, O/S maps



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


Maps. Graphs, statistics, surveys, photo’s, sketches

What is development

Measuring development – GDP - HDI

Comparing development

Debt and trade

China’s one child policy and development

Tourism and development

Study of Kenya- AID


Statistics, graphs


Takeaway Homework- China

Why do settlements grow?

Urbanisation - maps

Rural –urban migration

Squatter settlements- Kibera,

Settlement growth- Models

Mega Cities

Squatter settlements- Kibera,

Cities in the UK

Problems in MEDC’s


Sustainable cities – Bristol v Nairobi

Models , O/S maps

Bristol Settlement visit – RYL

Assignment to include:

Geography of the UK

Geography of EU

Global Geography

Map Skills



Maps. Graphs, statistics, surveys, photo’s, sketches