Lipson The Co-operative Academy

Lipson Co-operative Academy



Welcome to the Geography Department


Meet Our Staff

Mr A Jones (Head of Department)

Miss D Blampied

Mrs Hilleson-Perrett

Mrs C McVicker


Aims and Objectives of the Department

The Geography Department aims to provide fun, interesting and challenging lessons that will allow all students the opportunity to succeed and become enthusiastic about Geography.

All students will be encouraged to understand, respect, value and engage with not only their own cultures and traditions but those of others and to develop a sense of their own place in the world. Students will study real world issues and begin 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).

All students will be given the opportunity to reach their full potential and realise their aspirations.

All students will be encouraged to become independent learners with the aim of developing their self-esteem and confidence. They will be able to explore and develop ideas and learn how to assess work critically.

All students will have the opportunity to take part in out of classroom learning.


Year 7 & 8 - Key Stage 3

The Department delivers the New KS3 curriculum to Years 7 and 8.

Students are encouraged to understand the key processes in Human and Physical Geography.

Year 7 students study Coasts, Population and Rivers with a field visit to Paignton to look at how towns are constantly changing.

Year 8 students study Natural Hazards, Ecosystems and Crime with a visit to The Eden Project to look at the importance of Tropical Rainforests.

Students are encouraged to extend their locational knowledge with a focus upon Africa, Russia, Asia and The Middle East.

Geographical skills are taught in the first half term of year 7 and then built into all schemes of work with globes, maps and atlases routinely used in class.


Year 9, 10 & 11 - Key Stage 4

The Department teaches the new AQA A GCSE Syllabus. This covers a range of Human and Physical topics including Natural Hazards, Ecosystems, UK Landscapes, The Urban World, Development and Resource Management.

Year 9 focus on Natural Hazards and Ecosystems.

Year 10 focus on Rivers and Coasts with a visit to Dartmoor to study river processes.

Year 11 study The Urban World and Development Issues with a local Town case study.

These two examinations are worth 75% of the total grade.

Two pieces of field work must be completed

A third examination is based upon the fieldwork and an advanced information booklet.

After school sessions are provided for students to attend revision lessons.


Year 12 & 13 - Key Stage 5

The Department offers A Level Geography in the Sixth Form.

Geography in Year 12 covers a range of Human and Physical topics including Population, Changing Places, Rivers and The Carbon Cycle.

Geography in Year 13 covers a range of Human and Physical topics including Globalisation, Plate Tectonics and Ecosystems.

Students also have to complete an independent study as part of the course which is based on a visit to Slapton.


Homework / After School

Homework is set on a regular basis by the department and a variety of activities are set for students.

Pupils can come after school, to complete homework, in the Geography department.

Revision sessions are available every week on a Monday after school with a particular focus on year 11.

KS4 sessions are also provided in half term holidays, focusing upon examination technique.


Additional Information

Pupils should be using the GCSE Pod App and Year 11 students should be using the revision books issued to them (CGP). They can use the following websites for revision and to enhance their knowledge.