Riccarton High School Riccarton High School

Level 1 Geography

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr J. Gunn.

Learn about how both people and nature shape the environments in which we live. Investigate and interpret geographic patterns, features and processes including how these change over time. Key areas of study include; rivers, field trip based research, cyclones, spatial distribution, geospatial mapping, skills, geographic ideas, social decision making and sustainability. Geography equips students with the skills to interpret the world in which they live. Topics will include traditional Māori knowledge and concepts. This course assists students in both Level One Literacy and Numeracy

Subject Overview

Term 1
Geographic Ideas - Sustainability, Change, Interaction, Patterns, Processes, Perspectives, Environment
Early in Term 1 there is field trip to a braided river environment to collect and record data, make observations. This involves a field trip to the Kowai or Selwyn river to gain understanding of a natural fluvial/river environment and how these rivers may change from place to place. Make connection between these rivers and young fold mountains like the Southern Alps. What other places around the world are like Canterbury and have spatial patterns such as braided rivers as part of their landscape environment. What other types of processes produce spatial patterns. How river/fluvial processes shape and impact the world in which we live.
Geographic Skills and Ideas ongoing.

Term 2
An in depth look at how cyclones (also known as hurricanes or typhoons) form and operate. The sequence of natural processes and conditions required to produce such phenomena and how they shape and impact the environments in which we live. Where they are distributed throughout the world, including the Pacific Region and what do these locations have in common.
Geographic Skills and Ideas ongoing.

Term 3
Making the world a better place. Interpret a range of resources, maps, viewpoints and perspectives to gain an overall/big picture understanding about a problem or issue. Deciding on a best coarse of action to find a positive way forward for both people and the environment. Evaluation of ideas and sustainable future actions.
Coarse of Action - Decision making on the Port Hills - location based Field Trip
Geographic Skills and Ideas ongoing

Term 4
Revision for External(s) - Describe understanding of how natural processes operate within te taiao or Demonstrate understanding of geographic decision-making in Aotearoa New Zealand or the Pacific

Learning Areas:

Tikanga ā-iwi - Social Sciences

Assessment Information

At L1 you will complete three standards to gain 15 credits. There are expected to be 1.1, 1.2 and 1.4


Level 2 Geography, Level 2 Tourism Studies | Ahumahi tāpoi, Level 3 Geography, Level 3 Tourism Studies | Ahumahi tāpoi

Career Pathways

Quarantine Officer, Recycler/Dismantler, Water/Wastewater Treatment Operator, Geospatial Specialist, Urban/Regional Planner, Science Technician, Civil Engineer, Civil Engineering Technician/Draughtsperson, Miner/Quarry Worker, Mine/Quarry Manager, Conservator, Dairy Farmer, Mining Engineer, Agricultural/Horticultural Scientist, Forensic Scientist, Agricultural/Horticultural Consultant, Driller, Geologist, Environmental Scientist, Zoologist, Energy/Carbon Auditor, Statistician, Environmental Engineer, Environmental/Public Health Officer, Marine Biologist, Ranger, Fishery Officer, Forest Manager, Forestry Scientist, Pest Control Technician, Landscape Architect, Health Promoter, Biosecurity Officer, Dairy Herd Manager, Immigration Officer

Approximate Costs and Equipment/Stationery

Two Field Trips - River/Fluvial Studies to Kowai River for geographic research and Port Hills Skill based field trip. As these are curriculum based day trips there is currently no charge.