Geography

Geography is taught in a modern, dynamic, forward-thinking way at Royal Russell in three specialist rooms with outstanding resources.  

We combine the best of both classroom and fieldwork techniques to broaden knowledge.

Key Points 

Geography offers:

  • Understanding of physical process    
  • Team building through fieldwork
  • Discursive and practical skills
  • Sense of global awareness
  • Ability to develop creative thinking
  • An understanding of our environmental impact

Geography is compulsory for Years 7 to 9 and many study at GCSE and A level.  

At Key Stage 3 pupils follow a range of topics including:

Year 7            Our place in the world Our place in the world Physical landscapes -  the world Flooding in London Young Geographer of the Year Competition
Year 8 A developing world Country study Hazardous environments Endangered species Young Geographer of the Year Competition
Year 9 Changing world Disparity using GIS Conflict Geography in the News UK landscapes

The Department places great importance on fieldwork and includes a fieldwork based assessment in all year groups.

Recent trips include visits to Lanzarote, Iceland, USA and Sicily as well as local visits to Cornwall, Wales and London.    

GCSE 

GCSE Geography is a subject that all pupils can relate to on a daily basis through their interactions with people and the environment.

IFor the new GCSE Geography specification, we will follow Edexcel A syllabus.  This has thress units, Physical Geography, Human Geography and Global Issues and Skills. This involves two fieldwork trips during Years 10 and 11.

Please click here to find out more about our GCSE option.

A Level

Geography is a popular choice at A level and provides a perfect accompaniment for those pupils studying the Sciences, English, Maths or those wishing to have a diverse range of subjects.

For the new A level specification, the Geography Department is following the Eduqas (WJEC) specification.  The A level covers a range of topics including environments, global oceans, plate tectonics, migration issues and place.  There is a large fieldwork requirement and an individual study which pupils must complete by the end of the second year.

Pupils who study Geography can enjoy a range of career paths including planning, international development, environmental management, travel, conservation, oceanography or geomorphology or taking on the technical side of the subject as an engineer, or a Geographical Information Systems provider – a highly sought after skill.

Please click here to find out more about our A level course.

Volcano Trekking in Lanzarote

Six A level Geography students and a former student (now at university), travelled to the island of Lanzarote to research the local volcanoes. On arrival, we drove to the northern part of the island to learn about the formation of the island – visiting the Famara shield volcano.  As part of this visit we experienced la Cueva de los Verdes, the lava tubes which formed part of the Corona volcano - where we had a guided tour through the ancient underground lava tube. During the visit we were able to see some of volcanic material from 1000’s of years ago embedded into the rock. 

Early on the second day, we visited the south west of the island and climbed the Los Ajaches shield volcano.  We then visited the west coast, visiting the impressive basalt columns at Los Hervideros, followed by a walk up El Golfo Maar.  After lunch and an interesting camel ride we had a long walk across some cooled lava flows followed by a climb up the multiple cones of the Pico Partido complex. That evening we went out and experienced some traditional Spanish tapas and then headed back the hotel for a quiet night in. 

On our third and final day, we went to see the amazing views from the Caldera Blanca tuff cone – the best example of a tuff cone in the Canaries. 

Year 8 and 9 Iceland Trip

During half term,  30 Year 8 and 9 students kept busy on a trip to Iceland. We landed at the capital, Reykjavik, and although rather disappointed as there was no snow, we visited some hot springs on route to the world famous Blue Lagoon! Once we had changed, we walked outside into the cold, but once we were all in the lagoon we were all nice and warm. We exited to an amazing sunset, boarded the coach and drove to Reykjavik for our first night in Iceland.

The next day, after a trek through the countryside on Icelandic ponies, we continued on to see two amazing waterfalls, one, called Seljalandfoss, we could walk behind! The views and sounds were spectacular; this must have been one of the best bits of the trip. Next main stop of this day was a walk on a glacier whereb we were all required to be kitted up properly wearing a safety harness, a set of crampons and a helmet, and given an ice axe to carry. We all enjoyed this and after a good dinner we all slept well.

On Saturday, everyone visited another waterfall called Gullfoss and braved the weather for an amazing walk above the waterfall and its gorge. There was enough time in the remainder of the day to observe some geysers and visit the site of the ancient Icelandic parliament.

On the last day, we went lava tubing. This is basically caving in tubes made by lava flows. After that we flew home after an amazing 4 days in Iceland. Our highlights were Seljalandsfoss waterfall and the glacial walk.