The Geography department at Rushey Mead Academy aims to inspire students with a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people.

Lessons cover a range of themes, equipping students with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments. Students are encouraged to recognise complex interactions between physical and human processes and develop their ability to hold well informed opinions about issues at a variety of scales.

In order to facilitate their developing understanding of the world in which they live, a broad range of skills are taught. Students are encouraged to draw on their understanding of other curriculum areas, such as English, Mathematics, Science and History, and to apply skills developed in these subjects to their Geography learning.

At Key Stage 3 units are designed to provide students  with the knowledge and understanding required by the Key Stage 3 Geography Programme of Study, from the National Curriculum.

The GCSE Geography course followed at Key Stage 4 is the AQA Geography Syllabus.


During Key Stage 3, Year 7 and 8 have two lessons of Geography a week, whilst Year 9 have the equivalent of 1.5 lessons of Geography per week.

At Key Stage 3 students study Human and Physical Geography through a thematic approach. This approach enables students to develop their understanding of a wide range of processes, whilst increasingly recognising how pattern and processes are interdependent. The Key Stage 3 programme ensures students have the skills and understanding to access the GCSE syllabus at Key Stage 4.

Progress at Key Stage 3 is measured using a range of assessments, including extended answers, exam style questions and presentations. This broad range of assessment styles ensures that all students are able to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and skill development within Geography.

Year 7
  • Introduction to Human and Physical Processes.
  • Map skills
  • Highland Life
  • Geography of Shopping
  • Extreme Weather
  • Geography of Sport #1
Year 8
  • Volcanoes
  • Lowland Life
  • Housing Crisis!
  • Climate and Ecosystems
  • The Consumer Society
  • Geography of Sport #2
Year 9
  • Earthquakes
  • Coastal Life
  • Tourism
  • Energy and Transport
  • Sporting Life #3


During Key Stage 4, students have five lessons a fortnight of Geography.

The AQA Geography GCSE qualification enables students to travel the world from their classroom, exploring case studies in the United Kingdom (UK), higher income countries (HICs), newly emerging economies (NEEs) and lower income countries (LICs).

Topics of study include climate change, poverty, deprivation, global shifts in economic power and the challenge of sustainable resource use. Students are also encouraged to understand their role in society, by considering different viewpoints, values and attitudes.

The qualification covers four key themes:

  • Living with the physical environment
  • Challenges in the human environment
  • Geographical applications
  • Geographical skills

The course has a balance of theoretical and practical work; it encourages an active involvement in the subject. The course is an ideal foundation for learners who want to pursue Geography at A Level or as a career. However, it also enables students to develop many skills, such as graphicacy, field work and report writing which are useful for a broad range of academic studies as well as jobs.

Students are assessed through three assessed components.

  • Paper 1 – Living with the physical environment (Exam) 35%
  • Paper 2 - Challenges of the human environment (Exam) 35%
  • Geographical applications (Exam) 30%


AQA Geography GCSE: Syllabus

Useful websites and sources of support

Students are encouraged to develop their general knowledge of the world around them. The department has a twitter feed @rusheymeadgeog where many relevant stories, articles and clips are shared.

BBC Bitesize ( has a range of resources for both Keys Stage 3 and 4 which may be useful for improving understanding and revising.

The Met Office has a range of good case study material for Key Stage 4. ( )


Humanities study club runs once a week enabling students across all years to access support and resources.

During Year 9 there is an opportunity for 40 students to take part in an Adventurous Geography residential. Students stay at Plas Gwynant in North Wales and take part in a range of outdoor pursuits activities whilst learning about Geography in the world around them.

Year 11 intervention classes are run to support students in achieving their potential.


Ms Clarke – [email protected]