Geography at Ridgeway Academy

Year 7

Topic 1: Introduction to Geography and Atlas Skills – Understanding key concepts such as the seven continents and five oceans of the world, hemispheres and longitude and latitude.

Topic 2: Map Skills – Learning essential OS Map skills such as grid references, symbols, scale and relief.

Topic 3: Ecosystems – Understanding the differences between major ecosystems such as the tropical rainforest and desert ecosystems.

Topic 4: India – Exploration of this diverse and magnificent country.

Topic 5: Cold Environments – Studying cold environments such as Antarctica – the history of Antarctica and why Antarctica is important.

Topic 6: Globalisation of Sport – Exploring host countries of major sporting events and considering the true costs of globalisation in sport.

Year 8

Topic 1: Plate Tectonics and Volcanoes – Understanding the plate tectonic theory, types of plate margin and the dangers of volcanic eruptions with the use of case studies.

Topic 2: Coasts – Understanding the processes that create the varied coastline around the UK and the issues related to coastal erosion.

Topic 3: Energy and Resources – Understanding the costs and benefits of fossil fuels, nuclear power and renewable energies.

Topic 4: Weather and Climate – Understanding the difference between weather and climate, the key processes that determine the UKs weather, extreme weather events and the impacts of global warming.

Topic 5: Japan – Exploration of ‘The Land of the Rising Sun’

Topic 6: Globalisation of Fashion – Considering who the winners and losers of the global fashion industry are.

Year 9

Topic 1: Development – Identifying and understanding the disparity in wealth and development on a national and global scale, the role of unfair and fair trade and shanty town conditions.

Topic 2: China – Exploring the rapid development of this fascinating country.

Topic 3: Water, Rivers and Flooding – Understanding the long profile of a river, the different landforms found in each course and the impacts of flooding.

Topic 4: Africa – A journey across this vast continent. Deserts.

Topic 5: Exploration and Tourism – Considering exploration of the planet. Understanding the development of tourism over the past 100 years and the impact of tourism in a range of locations.

Topic 6: Globalisation – Food and Farming – Understanding the concept of globalisation, and investigating the winners and losers in the food and drink industries.




At GCSE we follow the AQA Geography A Syllabus:


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Year 10

Topic 1: Natural Hazards – Tectonic hazards; Weather hazards; Climate change

Topic 2: The Living World – Ecosystems; Tropical rainforests; Hot deserts

Topic 3: Urban Issues and Challenges – The urban world; Urban change in the UK; Urban sustainability; Cities in LICs (Mumbai, India) and HICs (London, UK).


Year 11

Topic 4: The Changing Economic World – The development gap; Nigeria (NEE); Changing UK economy

Topic 5: The Challenge of Resource Management – Resource management; food management

Topic 6: Physical Landscapes in the UK – UK landscapes; Coastal landscapes; River landscapes


Fieldwork and Issues Evaluation – Preparation for exam based on fieldwork and issue evaluation.

Revision of previous six topics.


At A-Level we follow the AQA Geography Syllabus. This is a 2 year course:


Topics include: Water and Carbon Cycles, Coasts, Urban Environments, Global Governance, Hazards, Changing Places

Students also conduct fieldwork investigations during A-level.

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