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20/04/24

A fantastic Saturday morning for our U10 football team in the sunshine and wind, taking part in the Year 5 6-a-side finals! They battled hard and played with smiles on their faces throughout! Massive thank you to all the parents for your support! pic.twitter.com/cIN5p6muRe

17/04/24

Warwick class have loved looking at rounding this week! They particularly enjoyed the rounding ladder race game 🪜🧮 pic.twitter.com/Z8B4o70tG9

17/04/24

Our U10 boys football team took part in a tournament this afternoon at Garden Fields. Strong performances resulted in us finishing second, only losing one game! We now look forward to the finals on Saturday! pic.twitter.com/MccctBC14l

15/04/24

Year 5 St Andrews had a great PSHE lesson focused on the importance of knowing basic first aid and the recovery position ❤️‍🩹 pic.twitter.com/NYV3FgSkGW

09/04/24

Wishing our Muslim community a happy Eid filled with joy and prosperity 🕌🌙 pic.twitter.com/3FFvs9tDHc

30/03/24

We wish everyone a very Happy Easter and an enjoyable, well deserved break 🐣🍫✝️! We look forward to welcoming the children back on Monday 15th April to begin the Summer Term ☀️🌻 pic.twitter.com/di4DfaSahY

29/03/24

* Famous Historical People Dress-Up WOW Day: Year 2 *The children dressed up and shared facts about their famous person. They met Rosa Freedman, a human right lawyer and activist, enjoyed using the VR headsets linked to Rosa Parks and recreated some of Andy Warhol’s pop art. pic.twitter.com/vXMVk6QiTR

28/03/24

* Famous Historical People Dress-Up WOW Day: Year 2 *The children dressed up and shared facts about their famous person. They met Rosa Freedman, a human right lawyer and activist, enjoyed using the VR headsets linked to Rosa Parks and recreated some of Andy Warhol’s pop art. pic.twitter.com/vXMVk6QiTR

28/03/24

Primary started the final day of the term with an assembly to celebrate the achievements and reflect on the successes of the term. We were also fortunate to hear a beautiful performance from two of our 6th Form. pic.twitter.com/jMGqhQcsiT

27/03/24

Year 6 made their own ‘Butterbeer’ this afternoon, after being inspired by their Harry Potter learning! It was a thumbs up for the magical beverage. pic.twitter.com/93AP0n1CGW

27/03/24

Year 6 were fortunate to have a visit from Professor Rosa Freedman, who spoke to them about human rights and the development of law. She shared her experiences working on tackling discrimination and promoting equality. pic.twitter.com/EDJTRFJJpv

27/03/24

Year 1 have had a lovely Easter service at St Luke’s Church ⛪️💐🌷🐣 pic.twitter.com/DYe831nzrX

27/03/24

Our final breakfast and we are all still smiling 😁 pic.twitter.com/aQm1Y2wqKh

26/03/24

Disco Night 🪩💃🕺 pic.twitter.com/AZa92NHafQ

26/03/24

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26/03/24

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25/03/24

Tonight’s activity: a 3D film 🎥 🦁👑 pic.twitter.com/f08xc6nhqv

25/03/24

A brilliant first day at the children have been incredible and have begun to create some amazing pieces of work 🕺🎨🎭🎶 pic.twitter.com/88Ynep9MaD

25/03/24

Mr D showing off his piano and singing talents with the help of Year 5! 🌊⛵️ pic.twitter.com/jcIKkHVrMH

25/03/24

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25/03/24

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24/03/24

Year 5 loved the VR headsets this week, exploring the Mayan pyramids 🗺️🧐🤩what a great way to end their topic! pic.twitter.com/FWCstJTZ4f

21/03/24

Our academy students held a brilliant morning for our Year 3, 4 and 5 students. A big thank you for arranging such a fantastic opportunity 🏐⚽️🏉 pic.twitter.com/WyXIdLSPto

20/03/24

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20/03/24

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Geography

"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. And in the end, it’s about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together." Barack Obama

Geography at Samuel Ryder Academy empowers students with the knowledge to appreciate our rapidly changing environment both near and far from home. A combination of traditional maps, fieldwork and digital tools are always at the heart of our geographical investigations.

Our geography students become global citizens of the 21st century and are able to visualise geography in all current affairs. Furthermore, they develop outstanding interpersonal skills, analytical skills, literacy and oracy skills that increase their employability for the future.

KS1

Geography is a very important subject for children to understand the world around them. They enjoy locating new places and learning about their features. Children also begin to learn skills of working with maps and compasses, as well as develop essential problem-solving and enquiry skills both inside and outside the classroom. In Key Stage 1, children use iPads and applications like Google Maps to explore the world digitally, increasing their social and cultural awareness of the area around the school and to the capital cities of the United Kingdom. In Key Stage 1, children learn a geography topic in each year as well as linking geography to other topics. For example, when learning about the Great Fire of London in History, our children use the Virtual Reality headsets to walk down an immersive Stuart-period street in central London.

Children are encouraged to develop higher order thinking when comparing different locations around the world.

Children have numeracy opportunities to develop their oracy skills through group work and whole class discussion. They start to learn how to Talk Like a Geographer.

 

Main geography topic

Geography links to these topics

Year 1

Our school and the local area

Carnival of the Animals

Year 2

We are Britain

Famous for more than 5 minutes

KS2

Geography is a subject which shows children how to make sense of our world, whilst providing the tools and understanding to improve the world for the future. Children gain an appreciation of life in different cultures in the present day as well as undertaking a journey into cultures in the past. In Key Stage 2, children learn a geography topic in each year as well as linking geography to other topics. By comparing and contrasting different locations around the world, children develop their higher order thinking skills in a structured environment. Through the effective use of iPads and applications such as Google Maps to explore the world digitally, children increase their social and cultural awareness of the world including the Amazon rainforest and the Grand Canyon. The Virtual Reality headsets support and embed learning, giving the children a real sense of awe and wonder as they stand in the rainforest or watch a volcano erupt.

Children have numeracy opportunities to develop their oracy skills through group work and whole class discussion. They start to learn how to Talk Like a Geographer.

 

Main geography topic

Geography links to these topics

Year 3

Rainforests

Roman Britain

Year 4

Mountains, Rivers and Coasts & European environment issues and sustainability

Anglo-Saxons & Vikings and Ancient Egypt

Year 5

Grand Canyon vs local study

The Mayans & Ancient Greece

Year 6

Earthquakes and volcanoes

China & the Shang Dynasty and WW2

KS3

Our curriculum introduces a wide range of key concepts, skills and processes that broaden knowledge and understanding of the world. Geography as Samuel Ryder Academy allows students to be curious about the world around them, and to build their social awareness as they consider how the physical and human geography changes the life experience of people around the world. They build their understanding of different cultures and values around the world and how these are different from their own life experiences; for example, we compare the different impacts of climate change in the United Kingdom and Maldives, we consider the lifestyle implications of living in the Namibian desert and contrast standards of living in the city of Mumbai and a UK city.

Students develop understanding and skills in the following areas:

  • Knowledge and understanding of a range of geographical topics, as they develop the ability to interpret a variety of different types of information from written reports to maps to data, and make connections between geographical concepts and the processes that change our human and physical world.
  • Oracy through class discussions and presentation work, for example researching and recording a topical video news report.
  • Place knowledge, as they develop knowledge about a range of places on a variety of scales from local to global, from their own community to a variety of countries around the world.
  • Geographical skills when undertaking geographical enquiries through the use of maps, data and images and through the application of evaluation and assessment.
  • Fieldwork techniques through a variety of in class and outside geographical fieldwork experiences.
  • Literacy skills are developed through a variety of geographical related reading materials, along with building extended writing skills using excellent spelling & grammar with the consistent use of geographical language.
  • Digital technology through the use of iPads to explore Geographical Information Systems (GIS), to create spreadsheets and produce graphs and charts, to explore online information sites and to conduct fieldwork.

Students are formatively assessed throughout each year, with one formal assessment completed in each topic.

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 7

My place in the world

Geography skills & fieldwork

Climate Change

Risky Rivers

Population

Geographical Enquiry

Year 8

Natural Hazards

Natural Resources

Superpowers

Hot and Cold Environments

Geographical Enquiry

Year 9

Global Issues

Changing coastlines

Development

Cities and challenges

Geographical Enquiry

KS4

GCSE is a very popular choice, across both year 10 and year 11. Students develop skills and knowledge that supports the study of all other subjects. Students are taught by an experienced subject-specialist in mixed ability groups.

Our geography curriculum at Key Stage 4 builds on the many skills that students have developed through Key Stage 3 geography.  We study a range of both human and physical topics; many of which are relevant within the students’ day-to-day lives: whether this is the causes and social, economic, environmental and political impacts of climate change; or how the increasing cost of fuel is an example of challenges with our global natural resources. Students continue to develop their analytical skills and use maps and graphs to advance their geographical understanding. By continuing to build their geographical literacy as we explore texts, web sites and other sources of information, students broaden their understanding and they develop their evaluative writing skills. Students use iPads in most lessons to access resources and to explore information for themselves. When comparing a tropical rainforest to a savannah or a desert, the Virtual Reality headsets fully immerse students in the landscape.

There are a variety of ways that SCHOLAR is embedded into geography lessons, these include developing leadership skills and curiosity in the world. Oracy skills are encouraged through class discussion and presentation opportunities. Students develop examination skills through lessons, but also in end-of-topic formal assessments including the end of year 10 assessments and year 11 mock exams.

There are two compulsory days for fieldwork investigations consisting of one physical fieldwork day and one human fieldwork day. These educational visits are a great way of bringing the learning in the classroom to life, and also form a significant part of the students’ final examinations. When choosing GCSE options, it is important to consider that attendance and engagement over both days of the fieldwork is an essential part of the GCSE course.

Exam Board: AQA      100% examination based

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/gcse/geography-8035

This, very popular AQA GCSE specification, covers the two years of GCSE course. Students learn a variety of physical and human geography-based topics that are assessed through two examinations at the end of year 11. The third examination comprises a pre-release booklet that is given to students shortly before the paper 3 examination. This booklet has covered topics ranging from water availability in the UK, to deforestation in Peru. As a result, we are able to undertake comprehensive preparation in class in order to prepare students for this exam. Additionally, in the third examination, some of the questions refer to the knowledge and experience gained during the two days of fieldwork.

Students are expected to have a well-stocked pencil case, including highlighters, colouring pencils and a scientific calculator.

Paper

Topics

Time and Percentage

Paper 1

Living with the physical environment

The challenges of natural hazards

The living world

Physical landscapes in the UK (Options = Coastal and River landscapes)

1 hour 30 minutes

35% of GCSE

Paper 2

Challenges in the Human Environment

Urban Issues and Challenges

The changing economic world

The challenge of resource management (option = water)

1 hour and 30 minutes

35% of GCSE

Paper 3

Geographical Investigations

Issue Evaluation

Fieldwork

Geographical skills

1 hour and 30 minutes

30% of GCSE

 

 

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Year 10

The challenge of natural hazards

 

Urban Issues and Challenges

 

Physical Landscapes in the UK

 

Epping Forest – River characteristics fieldtrip

 

The Challenge of Resource Management

Year 11

The Living World

The Changing Economic World

 

London Urban Regeneration Fieldtrip

 

Geographical Applications (pre- release)

Beyond GCSE

Awarding body: AQA, A-Level Geography

Specification number: 7037

Geography A-level provides a detailed understanding of geographical processes, the importance of place for human society and the global impacts on place and the human environment. Students build practical geographical skills and critically engage with real world issues on a variety of scales. Students grow as independent thinkers, and as informed and engaged global citizens, with an understanding of the role and importance of geography as one of the key disciplines relevant to understanding the world’s changing places, people and environments.

The two-year course covers physical and human geography. The physical geography is delivered through a systems approach to examine concepts and processes, developing knowledge of places and environments. In human geography, students learn how the world has become increasingly connected through globalisation and the implications of this approach, develop a sense of place and the importance of resource security, amongst other things.

The final aspect is a piece of Non-Examination Assessment which is similar to a piece of coursework. Students independently investigate an issue of their choice, undertake fieldwork and research, then evaluate the idea drawing on wider knowledge and understanding from across the course.

Fieldwork is compulsory and vital for the A-Level geography course. Students participate in four days of fieldwork, as well as working independently to plan and collect data for their own coursework investigation.  Fieldwork opportunities include day trips to explore regeneration and the changing sense of place of an urban landscape and a residential trip exploring the changing coastal landscape of Dorset.

The course is assessed through 2 examinations and 1 piece of coursework which is called the Non-Examination Assessment.

Paper

Topics

Time and Percentage

Paper 1

Physical Geography

Section A: Water and Carbon Cycle

Section B: Coastal Systems and Landscapes

Section C: Hazards

2h 30mins

40% of the qualification

120 marks

Paper 2

Human Geography

Section A: Global Systems and Global Governance

Section B: Changing Places

Section C: Population and the Environment

2h 30mins

40% of the qualification

120 marks

Non-Examination Assessment

Independent investigation of a topic of the student’s choice.

Issue Evaluation

Fieldwork and research

Evaluation & Analysis

Non-Examination Assessment

20% of the qualification

60 marks

 

Geography is a highly valued subject. Here are just some of the reasons why students should study A-Level geography at Samuel Ryder Academy.

  • Class sizes facilitate effective discussion in year 12 and year 13.
  • A team of highly experienced specialist teachers with numerous years teaching this specification.
  • A strong track-record of excellent results that are consistently better than the national average.
  • Students frequently continue their geographical study at university and utilise their specialist knowledge in their careers.
  • The subject promotes the development of problem solving and critical thinking skills, alongside effective data analysis. These are all crucial skills in the current jobs market. A geography A-Level requires our young people to be articulate and enhances their oracy skills.
  • A-Level geography links to all other A-level and BTec subjects available at Samuel Ryder Academy, whether it be knowledge and understanding or ability to use data on computer programmes or analysing resources effectively.
  • Fieldwork opportunities are numerous in geography A-level.

As geography is a linear course, studied over two years, successful students show rigour with their note-taking and home-study, which allows them to achieve excellent outcomes at the end of year 13. Students demonstrate their independent learning abilities and undertaking wider reading around the topics and subject in their own time.

Students are expected to have a well-stocked pencil case, including highlighters, colouring pencils and a calculator.

Wider Curriculum Opportunities and Careers

Wider Curriculum Opportunities and Careers

There are endless wider curriculum opportunities in geography. Some of these include:

  • Fieldwork: at GCSE students are expected to participate in 2 days of compulsory fieldwork: 1 human geography day and 1 physical geography day. At A-Level, students participate in 4 days of compulsory fieldwork which develops their skills and understanding to undertake a non-examination assessment. At KS3, students are introduced to fieldwork skills and have the opportunities to develop understanding of geography outside of the classroom both ‘live’ and ‘virtually’ using tools available on their iPads and through the virtual reality headsets.
  • A number of competitions such as the ‘Young Geographer of the Year’ run by the Royal Geographical Society.
  • Speakers and visits: a wide variety of speakers visit Samuel Ryder Academy to share their knowledge and experiences. For example, we hosted an Urban Planning workshop, showcasing careers that geography can lead to.
  • Our Geography Board Games Club is a popular lunchtime event, where students hone their geographical knowledge with a variety of great games to suit every taste.
  • Within each topic, students are encouraged to extend their own knowledge and skills. Reading-based homework tasks encourage students to read more widely about the subject.
  • ‘Geography in the News’: we always want to keep up to date with events in the news, so every few weeks the classes will cover current affairs. In the meantime, take a look at the BBC website and National Geographic website.
  • We join together as the humanities faculty in the annual Eggheads quiz as part of our house competition.

Career Paths

Geography students and graduates are the most employable post study. All avenues of employment are open for geography students. Many find work in business, finance and human resources and many journeys into marketing, public relations and sales or into roles working in sustainability or the environment. More geographers are now venturing into education, sustainability management, environmental sciences, engineering and construction. Other sectors include town planners, architects, journalism and working with charities, to name a few. Geographers are valued due to their proven ability to problem solve and think critically.

Useful links

GCSE AQA specification:

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/gcse/geography-8035

A-level AQA specification:

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/as-and-a-level/geography-7037

Geography Review: Quarterly magazine targeted at A-level geography students

A level magazines- Geography review

WideWorld: Quarterly magazine targeted at GCSE students

Wider reading- Magazines

SCHOLAR in Geography

Geography 1

Kiera P, Highly Commended Young Geographer of the Year 2021

Geography 2

Eloise R: 2023 Young Geographer of the Year entry

Geography

GCSE Fieldwork

Geography 2

A-level fieldwork

Geography 4 Geography 5

Year 7 Geographers investigating the best location for a new bench

Geography 6 Geography 7

Year 10 and Year 12 Urban Planning workshop

Geography 8

Year 2 Mapping the playground

Geography 9

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