Tuesday, September 19, 2017


Studying geography has never been more engaging and vibrant. It’s a big world out there and every one of us has a place in it and a part to play. Understanding where your place is and what part you play in the complex global systems of nature and mankind is all part of the challenge. Valuing nature, culture, diversity and progress are integral to any community and Tiverton is no exception. Geography promotes such values, binds all areas of study together, and plays a core role in preparing today’s generation for tomorrow’s world.


Jonathan Wood Subject Leader
Teacher of Geography and English
Simon Tong Teacher of Geography and Maths
Chris Dwyer Teacher of Geography and Geology
HoH - Exe
Jodie Crimp Teacher of Geography, History and RPS  
Natalie Gardner Teacher of Geography and English  
Marlon Cordes Teacher of Geography  
Rosie Agnew Teacher of Geography  


Understanding modern geography is essential in life. Earth can seem to be a complicated place, facing much change and many associated challenges for the future that lies ahead. Year 7 begins by studying the world’s awe-inspiring places; its features and natural environments, different cultures and ways of living. All of which is underpinned by a thorough grounding in geographical skills. Year 8 branches out in coverage and becomes more complex looking at human and physical systems on different scales. Year 9 sets the bar that little bit higher through the study of weather and climate and geological change over time. Finally, complex issues around environmental issues and contrasting levels of development carry students up to GCSE rigour.
Geography is a popular as ever at Tiverton High School. An engaging and contemporary KS3 curriculum sets pupils up for wanting to know more about the world we live in.

Geography GCSE – AQA Specification A

Studying the natural and human world around you, and making sense of it, is nothing short of inspirational. This course investigates modern issues and the sustainable strategies being used to plan for the world of tomorrow. Geography students have long been regarded as some of the most employable people available as a result of the key skills acquired whilst studying the subject: thinking, communicating, presenting and investigating. Last but not least, it binds other areas of the curriculum together and is recognised as an EBAC subject.
Geography can be studied in combination as a linked GCSE with Geology GCSE.
Geology GCSE - WJEC
After 4.6 Billion years of earth history, Geology is still the newest science. We study the composition of Earth, its past, present and future, and look at the practical applications. Over the two year course, students develop skills of enquiry, analysis and synthesis. Results are consistently very good, and all students make good or better progress.


Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

• Fantastic Places and People

o Human and Physical Geography introduction

o Making connections with the world

o Anthropology

o World knowledge of place

o Major global biomes

• Geographical Skills

o Map Skills

o Fieldwork: Orienteering and Killerton

o Directions and distances

o Data analysis techniques

o Data presentation skills

• Resources and Environmental Issues

o Resource demand analysis

o Water use and ocean health

o Energy demand and global consequences

o Renewable energy and sustainable development

• Waterworld

o Landscape change and hydrology

o Fieldwork: Local use of the River Exe

o Physical processes and features

o Managing flood events

o Uneven distribution of local and global water supplies

• Changing Coastlines

o Fieldwork: Ladram Bay and Sidmouth

o Introduction to oceanography

o Costal processes and features

o Costal management strategies

o Changing sea levels – short and long term

• Population

o Population change over time

o Factors influencing change in population

o Global and national patterns of distribution

o Pressures of population change across the world

o Sustainable solutions

• Danger zones

o Living on a restless planet

o Tectonic activity and hazards

o Volcanoes and earthquakes

o Major natural disasters – cause, effect and response

o Extreme

• Wild Weather

o Factors influencing global climate variations

o British Climate

o Meteorology fundamentals

o Extreme weather events

• Earth Science

o Earth History

o Geological time

o Weathering processes

o Applied geology

• Development

o Economic geography and global development

o Indicators of contrasting levels of development

o Standard of living versus quality of life

o Sustainable tourism

• Tourism

o Fieldwork: Dartmoor National Park

o Environmental impact assessment project

o Global growth of the tourism industry

o The costs and gains of global tourism

• Restless Earth

• Population

• Living World

• Controlled Assessment

• Development

• Water on the Land

• Tourism

• Revision

• Exam



Year 10

Year 11

• Earth History

o Studying the origins of Geology and the basic principles of Earth Science

o Timeline of major events

• Earth History –Putting things in order

o Relative dating

o Radioactive dating

o Carbon dating

• Plate Tectonics

o Interpreting data to deduce the direction of, and evidence for, plate motion

• Earthquakes

o Using earthquake waves as evidence for the concentric model of the Earth’s interior

• Geological Structures

o Strike and dip

o Folding and faulting

o Unconformities

• Minerals

o Studying the major mineral groups, and then using this information to identify a range of rock samples

• Rocks, Processes and Structures. The fossil record

o The rock cycle

o Sedimentary, formation of sedimentary structures

o Fossils as indicators of past environments

o Igneous rocks and processes

o Metamorphic rocks and processes

o Fieldtrip to Daddyhole Quarry, Torbay – fieldwork skills

o Weathering and erosion

• Mapwork

o The construction and interpretation of Geological Maps

• Collection and Recording data

o Fieldwork to collect data for internal assessment

• Britain in the Past

o The study of plate tectonics and orogenic events that have lead to Britain’s present day geological situation

• Geomorphology

o Reading the landscape for evidence of landscape formation processes

o Modification of the land by human activity – planning/quarrying/landfill

• Global Temperatures/sea level change

o Enhanced greenhouse effect

o Effects of Global warming

o Evidence for sea level change

o Human impacts on climatic change

• Roles of professional Geoscientists

o This topic enables candidates to appreciate the key applications of Geoscience


Every student should be in a position to succeed at school, and in the geography department, we hold this in high regard. Students of all abilities are taught and guided appropriately through set classes tailoring the pitch of teaching and expectation of learning suitable to the needs of the individual. Due to the popularity of the subject, setting by ability is possible in most GCSE classes which helps continue to support those who need it and extend those that thrive on the challenge of higher pitch delivery. The geography department work especially closely with English and other humanities subjects strengthening the teaching of key literacy strategies binding the curriculum together.

Fieldwork is undertaken by every year group taking advantage of our stunning location on the banks of the River Exe, to local National Trust properties where students can exercise their orienteering skills in Year 7. In year 8, students get to witness the raw power of nature and its impact on the coastline of south Devon at Ladram Bay. In Year 9, pupils undertake an environmental impact assessment on Devon’s finest National Park, Dartmoor. Finally, in Year 10, pupils visit the coastal resort of Dawlish Warren to undertake controlled assessment research as part of their GCSE qualification.

Year 7 Orienteering Fieldwork

Year 7 Orienteering Results assembly

Year 8 Fieldwork to Ladram Bay (see pics in separate folder)

Year 9 Fieldwork to Dartmoor (see pics in separate folder)

Year 10 Fieldwork to Dawlish Warren (see pics in separate folder)

GCSE Geology Fieldwork (see pics in separate folder)

The geography department run the Tiverton High School Eco-club.

An introduction to the waste audit with Resource Futures

Pupils carrying out the waste audit

Impact on the curriculum with an eco-minded collapsed curriculum lesson

Outcome of the waste audit at Tiverton High School – waste audit follow-up 

Geography has been and remains to be a highly sought after qualification by tertiary education. The GCSE qualification leads succinctly into A-level Geography or other related courses such as Environmental Science. Indeed, Geography graduates are highly versatile and employable people due to applied nature of the subject and diverse skills set employed through studying the course after GCSE.

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