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Ribston Hall High School

Ribston HallHigh School

Teachers:  Ms Deborah Morgenstern, Miss K Mowatt.

Geography at RHHS aims to nurture a sense of wonder about our complex and dynamically changing world.

The Geography Department at Ribston comprises of three subject specialists whose enthusiasm and passion for teaching Geography creates an imaginative and stimulating learning environment for KS3, GCSE and A level pupils. 

The Geography Department at Ribston aims to stimulate pupils' interest in their surroundings and the interdependent and interconnected nature of human and physical conditions on the earth's surface. We aim to foster pupils' sense of wonder at the beauty of the world and the skills to actively participate as global citizens now and in the future. These skills will help pupils to develop an informed concern about the quality of the environment and the future of the human habitat and, thereby, enhance pupils' sense of responsibility for the care of the earth and its people. 

Key Stage 3 Geography offers opportunities for pupils to investigate a wide range of people, places and environments at different scales around the world.

We study geographical patterns and processes in both developed and developing countries, such as Australia, Brazil and Kenya.

There will be opportunities to carry out geographical investigations inside and outside the classroom.  These tasks aim to utilise a range of investigative and problem-solving skills and resources, including different types of maps and atlases, satellite images, aerial photographs, texts and ICT. 

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Map Skills Volcanoes and Earthquakes Coasts & Tourism
Australia  Brazil  Kenya
Culture and Identity  Globalisation   Think /Act
Rivers Consumerism  Weather

In Year 10 we study ‘Dynamic Planet’ which includes; GCSE Geography Edexcel B covers aspects of both Physical and Human Geography.

Plate boundaries and associated volcanic and earthquake hazards and different approaches to hazard management.

Climate and Change; natural climate change verses impact of human activities. 

Battle for the Biosphere; The biosphere acts as a life support system, providing a wide range of goods and services. The biosphere is being degraded by human actions and management is required.

Water World; hydrological cycle regulates water supply and links the atmosphere and changes to the hydrological cycle can affect both human and ecosystem health.

Extreme Climates; Polar Regions and hot arid areas; each has key physical characteristics. People adapt to the challenges of extreme climates in a variety of ways.

River Processes and Pressures; the processes of erosion, transport and deposition work that create and change a river. The effects that flooding has on people and the environment.

Towards the end of Year 10 we begin ‘Researching Geography’.  In this students complete a fieldwork investigation in the Forest of Dean and write a report on river environments.

 In Year 11 we complete the Research task and then move onto ‘People and the Planet’.  Here we explore issues such as Population Dynamics; world’s population was increasing and there is a need to manage various aspects including migration.

Consuming Resources; natural resources all have benefits and costs. Patterns of resource supply and consumption have produced problems and attempts to become sustainable.  Globalisation of the world economy works in different ways in different places. Development Dilemmas looks at the way countries develop in different ways and efforts to close the development gap. Changing Settlements in the UK investigates how the rising the demand for high quality places to live can be managed.  Finally Challenges of an Urban World looks at the growth of cities and how the associated challenges can be managed.

At A Level we study the Edexcel Geography Syllabus.

Students will learn about the world we live in and how it is changing. At the same time we aim to enhance their communication and IT skills, spatial awareness, team working and problem solving.

During Year 12 students study global themes, including globalisation and climate change. We will discover how our own actions relate to the wider world. 

There are Units 1 and 2:

Unit 1 is the Global Challenges. In this unit we will study a range of topics such as Global Hazards, Climate Change and Future Global Challenges.

Unit 2 is the Geographical Investigations. This gives us an opportunity to undertake geographical research, including residential fieldwork, where we investigate two topics, Crowded Coasts and Rebranding Places.

During Year 13 A2 Geography we will learn more about the challenges faced by people around the world and develop practical research skills.

Unit 3 Contested Planet considers 6 contemporary world issues; Energy Security, Superpowers, Water Conflicts, Bridging the Development Gap, Biodiversity Under Threat and possible Technological Fixes to these issues. 

Unit 4 Geographical Research, studying Consuming the Rural Landscape, where we will develop further the investigative skills gained at AS level and prepare for the demands of higher education or employment.