Geography at the International School of Toulouse


Why is Geography is so important?Geography is a very popular and hugely relevant subject at IST. The department enjoys a rich and varied curriculum and has developed and invested in high quality resources to complement the learning experience.


95% of the teaching and learning is done through the department website for G6 - 10 and for G11 - 12. 


Geographypods & ibgeographypods have been created by Mr Podbury and designed specifically for IST Geography students although many schools around the world also use them for teaching and learning.


To access the site, go to or for IB DP Geography, go to Here you will find the curriculum maps, topics, lessons and resources as well as examples of great Geography work. There are some protected areas of the site and to access those, you should use the password: toulouse.


Geography is delivered twice a week to all classes between Grade 7 & 10 and four times a week for those students who study at IB level. The curriculum leader for Geography is Mr Podbury and Ms Orchard also teaches the subject to our Grade 6 & 7 students. The department benefits from brand new interactive whiteboard technology and utilises a variety of teaching methods to meet the needs of all of our young Geographers.


In 2018 and again in 2021, the Geography Department was awarded the coveted Secondary Geography Quality Mark status by the Geographical Association. Further to that, the school also achieved he highly sought after 'Centre of Excellence Award' and joins a select group of only 25 schools worldwide to have achieved this status.  Please see this Press Release for more details. 



We understand the importance of fieldwork in the learning and understanding of Geography.

The department is pleased to run the following visits

G7 - Joint History & Geography field visit to Carcassonne. 

G9 - Coastal Fieldwork Residential to Barcelona, Spain or Urban Fieldwork to Berlin, Germany.

G11 - IB Fieldwork Residential studying tourism issues in France/Spain or gentrification fieldwork to Berlin, Germany.

What we do and when we do it. 



Sep - Oct

Oct - Dec

Jan - Feb

Mar - April

April - June



Introducing Tectonics

Earthquakes & Volcanoes 


The Belt & Road Initiative - Modern-day Silk Road & follow on from History lessons


End of year examination




The Geography of my stuff


Carcassonne Connection & fieldwork trip

The Geography of My Stuff

Globalization assessment



Everest assessment

Limestone landscapes &Sinkholes

Walls that divide us

End of year examination




Global Development

Global Biomes

Climate & Rainforest


Uncontacted Tribes

Palm Oil & Me

Written assessment

Tourism - Blessing or curse? 

Introducing Waterfalls

End of year exam










Rivers & Coasts

Economic Development - globalization

Fieldwork & Coursework

End of year examination




Weather & Climate

Economic Developlent

Economic Development

Internal Examinations


Industry & Energy

External Examinations 



S/L - Global Climate Change 

H/L - Global Interactions

S/L Global Climate Change 

H/L Global Interactions

SL & HL Resource Consumption 

H/L Global Interactions

SL & HL Resource Consumption

H/L Geophysical hazards

S/L Leisure, Sport & Tourism & Field Trip & Internal Assessment

H/L Geophysical Hazards



S/L Leisure, Sport Tourism & Freshwater

H/L Global Interactions

SL & Freshwater 

H/L Global Interactions 

SL & HL Freshwater & Population Issues

H/L Global Interactions

HL & SL - Populalation Issues

H/L Global Interactions

Summer final examinations


Curated by: Curriculum Leader for Geography