Geography inspires students’ curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Geography underpins a lifelong ‘conversation’ about Earth as the home of humankind and how it can broaden their world by providing access to cultures and cultural understandings from around the world.
- Locational and place knowledge develops spatial awareness using maps. Students study the geographical similarities, differences and make links between regions and countries.
- Students study both human and physical geography to learn how physical and human processes affect landscapes, environments and the climate, and how human activity relies on natural systems.
- Students develop their geographical skills and fieldwork skills to interpret maps and use Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to view, analyse and interpret places and data.
How do we ensure academic rigour in our geography curriculum?
- Each physical and human topic has specific substantive knowledge which are the building blocks necessary to understanding key processes and concepts. Students are taught a range of knowledge covering geographical issues such as weather, economics and climate change.
- Each topic provides opportunities to develop their skills to allow students to apply knowledge to a range of explanations, debates, and decision-making projects. Students are asked to assess and evaluate the impact of both physical and human geography.
- Students studying the geography curriculum learn how to interpret sources and use data and use geographical enquiry to construct sustained and convincing arguments to draw well-evidenced conclusions.
How do we nurture and develop our students through our geography curriculum?
- Geography enables students to care for the world in which they live in and to develop their ideas about living sustainability and teach skills for life.
- Geography actively engages in the process of developing effective and independent learners as well as critical and reflective thinkers who seek explanations about how the world works to apply their learning to the real world.
- Students learn through fieldwork such as enquiry, ‘thinking geographically’, problem solving, statistics and developing their teamwork skills that can be applied to any job or workplace.
How do we promote social action and courageous advocacy through our geography curriculum?
- Geography provides a platform to appreciate the differences and similarities between people’s views of the world, its environments, societies and cultures and to understand the significance of values and attitudes.
- Students learn how other people live and promotes respect and tolerance for others of different religions and cultures around the world and the study of multicultural Britain and how this works to promote cooperation and reduce ethnic segregation in Britain today.
- Students develop their responsibilities as global citizens and recognise how they can contribute to a future that is sustainable by getting involved in charity projects such as Christian Aid and Water Aid.