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Wishing all Twickenham School community a lovely half term. Stay safe.


Mental Health Week 18-24 May. This years theme is kindness. This is at the heart of the Twickenham School values.


Twickenham students , look after yourselves, we’re here if you need us.


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So proud of Hannah McCallum-Benson- playing beautifully for the NHS.


Sami’s Harb (Year 7) sent us a lovely poem questioning her fascination for those furry little creatures.


Maisie Lynne Gibbons (Year 7) has 3 new butterflies that hatched this week.


A poem by Maya Lall Year 7


Eloise Coe Brenchley (yr7) has been busy in lockdown. The below picture is her submission for the PE departments challenge.


Skye Ridler (Yr 7) organised and held a VE Day street party for her neighbours, then extended the celebrations to the elderly residents at Alms House. The party included 1940s music, singing and dancing. Skye has also been knitting for the NHS. Well done !


Shakespeare’s Globe is now showcasing their Macbeth performance from 7pm tonight for 2 weeks. For our KS3 especially it would be great to sit down and enjoy this performance.


Please enter our school to win National Book Token for our library


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If you have a query regarding the Free School Meals scheme, please email the below address and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.


Mr Britton has illustrated his Perfect Saturday on his Wiltshire Hill.


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Week 3 of the Beat Bryan Challenge. Come on TS, we can beat this one!


We wish to support all students taking part in DofE during these uncertain times . Please find the link to the latest news regarding the programme and requirements.


Richmond Rugby has joined forces with The Dons Local Action Group to offer extensive support to the most vulnerable communities in SW London during COVID 19. Interested in volunteering? Email :


Today we launched a Creative Calendar for May. Daily challenges to showcase our students’ voices in prose, poetry and art. We can’t wait to see their work!



What we will do:

The Twickenham School Geography Department will follow the whole school policy for curriculum provision. In addition to this, the geography department will also:

  • build on prior learning in key stages 1 and 2 in order to develop a life-long enthusiasm for Geography
  • encourage all students to consider further study of geography and entry to related careers post-16 and beyond
  • develop students’ interest of the impact of geography in the wider world through activities such as school site enquiry, fieldtrips to both urban and rural environments supported by the ECO club and house based whole school competitions.

Specialist teaching

Years 7 to 11 will be taught by both experienced and dynamic specialist Geographers who have experience grading for the AQA examination board.

All students have exercise books for Geography, with Years 10 and 11 having separate books relating to each paper at GCSE.

Setting in Geography

All Year 7-9 and GCSE classes are taught as mixed ability groups.

Key stage 3

Twickenham School Geography Department delivers key stage 3 across 2.6 years in years 7 -9. The curriculum fully complies with the national curriculum and is sequenced to ensure that topics are delivered in a logical way in order to develop and link students’ knowledge and skills. The curriculum is also being developed to ensure early introduction on knowledge and skills relevant to GCSE Geography, for example, by introducing some of the required enquiry based investigation in Year7 and use of Key Higher level command task extended writing challenges. E.g. To assess and evaluate a topical scenario.

In term 3 all Year 9 students study the Living World Topic component of the AQA GCSE syllabus. This both serves to complete the National Curriculum breath of coverage for Geography as well as the opportunity to begin the GCSE.

Key Stage


Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2



Mapping and enquiry skills for Geographers:

Tools for investigation and life.

Weather and Climate:

Micro to Macro understanding

Rivers & Flooding :

UK (HIC) Mozambique (LIC)

Settlement :

Where do people live and why?

Is there a water connection?

UK (HIC) / Our Local area case study

Introduction to Asia:

30% World land area

60% World Population

Asian case study:

China –NEE

A population facing challenge and change.


Our Planet’s resources:

Is there enough for everyone?

Living and working in Extreme cold environments:


Managing and Moving people:

Mexico (NEE ) to the USA (HIC)

Africa’s diversity:

Horn of Africa

Malawi  (LIC study )

The Earth’s history and structure :

Plate tectonics

Effects and Responses to Hazards in LICs, NEEs and HICs.

Managing our coastline.

Change linked to human and natural activity.

Who is responsible?


GCSE Intro for all Y9




Measuring development:

Malawi LIC Case Study

Industrial Globalisation:

India’s cities and millionaires (NEE)

Climate change:

Natural or Human causes. Adaptation and mitigation.

Tropical storms:

Are they connected to economic development and climate change?

The Living World :

Atmospheric circulation

Ecosystems to World Biomes


Hot Deserts:

Tropical Rainforests:

How are they linked to climate and economic development?


Key Stage 4

Year 9

Students begin GCSE Geography in the Summer Term. Classes are still the same cohort in mixed ability. The ‘Living World’ Unit chosen builds on prior knowledge from Key Stage 3 and topics have been chosen to engage and enthuse students. For example tackling deforestation and its importance for future sustainability of the planet. Some more challenging topics in the Unit will not be covered until years 10 and 11 such as desertification.

Year 9 students choosing Geography as an option will receive a new A4 exercise book in the summer term to write GCSE notes and question answers. In the final Monitoring assessment, all questions will be at GCSE level from practice and past papers to give an accurate assessment of their introduction to GCSE. Exercise for all Year students are then stored over the summer on site in case any students want to later change an option to choose Geography at GCSE level.

All students follow the same curriculum in Year 9 which will allow them to choose separate or combined sciences for study in years 10 and 11.

Years 10 and 11

Students currently study the AQA Geography course consisting of 3 examination papers.

2019-20 Fieldwork is scheduled:

Year 11 December 2019 - Urban field enquiry

Year 10 & 11 Spring term 2020 - River fieldwork enquiry

Key Stage


Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2



Natural Hazards:






Weather Hazards:

Extreme weather

Tropical Storms

Climate change



Coastal Landscapes:

Features and management debate.



River Landscapes:

Features and management debate.

River field trip


Living World Revisited

Developing further Biome sustainability linked to Yr. 9 topics (Desertification)

The Development Gap:

Nigeria (A NEE case study)

Can it develop sustainably?

Home learn task


KS3 link

Year 8

Year 9

 Year 7

Year 7

Year 9/ Year 7

Year 9


The Urban World:

Urbanisation-Rio de Janeiro (NEE)case study city)


Bristol (HIC Case study)

The changing UK Economy: Pre to post industrialisation

Urban fieldwork enquiry

Resource Management:

Global and UK management

Water Case Study Topic Prepare for Pre-release

Fieldwork techniques –River fieldtrip

Prepare for Pre-release

Nail the Exam Question

Revision and exam technique consolidation

Nail the Exam Question

Walking talking exam practice


Independent learning


Exam performance


KS3 link

Year 9

Year 7

Year 8

Year 7

Year 7-9

Year 7-9