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Geography is essentially about understanding the world we live in. It helps to provoke and provide answers to questions about the natural and human aspects of the world.

At Rugby Free Secondary school children are encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it. The geography curriculum enables students to develop knowledge and skills that are transferrable to other curriculum areas. 


The study of geography is about 

more than just memorising places 

on a map. It's about understanding 

the complexity of our world, 

appreciating the diversity of cultures 

that exists across continents. 


Barack Obama

Geography is an investigative subject, which develops an understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills. At Rugby Free Secondary school our intent, when teaching geography, is to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and people within it; to promote the student’s interest and understanding of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.

What are they learning?

Year 7

We challenge students to think, speak and act like those working in the field would. In Year 7, students will learn to read maps and interpret graphs and data. They will be introduced to key concepts and themes such as development and sustainability, and consider the value of planning, conducting and reflecting on fieldwork. What makes a fantastic geographer? Key concepts and themes: Geographical skills Why are some earthquakes and volcanoes more hazardous than others? Key concepts and themes: Development, Inequality, Risk, Resillience Why are some countries more developed than others? Key concepts and themes: Development, Inequality, Interdependence, Sustainability What opportunities and challenges does Kenya's landscape create? Key concepts and themes: Development, Inequality, Interdependence, Sustainability How are global weather patterns changing? Key concepts and skills: Risk, Resillience, Systems

Year 8

In Year 8, students will deepen their understanding of key concepts and themes, building on prior knowledge. Geographical skills are interwoven throughout. Are we too late to save our ecosystems? Key concepts and themes: Resillience, Risk, Sustainability, Systems Is seven billion people too many people? Key concepts and themes: Development, Inequality, Globalisation, Interdependence What is the price of our consumption? Key concepts and themes: Interdependence, Risk, Sustainability How sustainable is the growth of Asia's megacities? Key concepts and themes: Development, Globalisation, Interdependence, Sustainability Are the losses from floods the fault of humans? Key concepts and themes: Resillience, Risk, Systems

Potential Careers relating to your subject

The flexibility and diversity of a geography degree makes graduates highly sought after in the work force. These jobs below are directly linked to Geography degrees. Cartographer / Climate Change Analyst / Climatologist / Emergency Management Specialist / Geomorphologist / Geospatial Analyst / GIS Specialist / Hydrologist / Location Analyst / Meteorologist / Pollution Analyst / Remote Sensing Analyst / Soil Conservationist / Surveyor / Town Planner / Water Conservation Officer / Journalist

Year 9

In year 9 we begin our GCSE journey. Students are continuing to develop their skills and knowledge from key stage 3, deepening their understanding to become independent, curious and critical thinkers and learners. At the start of year 9 we begin with Natural Hazards, which includes tectonic and climatic hazards, in addition to climate change. The latter half of the year students study urban challenges and issues which include investigating the challenges people who live in the slums of Mumbai face.


In year 10 we start wih studying Ecosystems which includes tropical rainforests and hot environments (deserts). We then study coastal features and process followed by river landforms and processes. In addition we carry out two fieldwork investigations - one rural and one urban. It is hoped that this will be a residential trip, possibly coastal such of the Dorset coast. In year 11, students study the changing economic world which looks at measuring development and why some countries are rich (HICs) and others poor (LICs). We look at how we can reduce the development gap betwwen the richest and poorest nations of the world. The final topic in year 11 is on managing resources which looks into the current issues involved with food, water and energy and the issues and possible solutions to a global and national problem. Students will prepare for their paper 3 exam through a pre-release booklet taht could be on any topic covered throughout the GCSE.