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GEOGRAPHY

The Geography Department has 3 full time members of staff who share 3 classrooms

The National Curriculum for geography aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes
  • understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time
  • are competent in the geographical skills needed to:
  • collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes
  • interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.

Curriculum Intent:

Our passion for geography is one we aim to transfer to our students and reflects our strong belief that, by developing a better understanding of the world around us, students can make informed decisions and judgements about issues that can have a considerable impact on our planet.

Our Geography curriculum will teach students a rich knowledge and detailed understanding of the diverse variety of places and environments around our world. This insight into a range of cultures and environments stimulates student thinking about the many impacts that natural process on our planet can have towards people and their environment. Crucially, we aim to teach students how people can work in partnership with each other and our planet, to minimise our impact and manage the planet’s precious resources, ensuring that future generations enjoy the benefits of the one key element we all have in common, our relatively small world. Through our students’ growing knowledge and understanding of human geography, they will become increasingly tolerant, appreciative and accepting of life in other cultures, along with their traditions and values, as well as becoming aware of the many disparities that exist locally, nationally and globally.

Geography teaching also inspires students to find out about our physical world and the considerable, and often devastating, power that the forces of nature can unleash on people, communities and civilisation. Students learn about responsibility and the importance of sustainable development, making sure that our actions today do not compromise the lives of future generations on our planet, preserving and providing balance for our common future.

As well as a global aspect to our curriculum, students will develop an understanding about our nation and their local area, comparing their life in this area with that in other regions in the UK, at a variety of scales.

In addition to the development of knowledge and understanding, students will learn a variety of important skills through the curriculum, learning how to draw and interpret maps and develop the skills of research, investigation, analysis and problem-solving in order to successfully navigate the world around us. Through Geography, we will also encourage students to gain a greater awareness of global debates, issues and current affairs and actively promote discussion, improving resilience, communication skills and the ability to develop and justify an evidenced argument.  Geography develops strong cross curricular links and provides students with invaluable transferable knowledge that can be applied across a range of other subjects.

Through a broad curriculum, academic rigour and instilling a passion for Geography, we recognise the importance that the curriculum has in developing our students into responsible members of society. We want to develop students that are aware of their current actions, appreciate future consequences, and understand our place in the world. As the future custodians of our planet in the future, we need to make sure that they are ready to play their part in preserving and shaping our ever- changing world.

KS3 YEAR 7 Coasts, Weather and Climate, Population, National Parks.
YEAR 8 Rivers and Floods, Crime, Global Tourism, Industry.
YEAR 9 Rainforests, Tectonic Hazards, Deadly Geography, Geographical skills.
KS4 AQA GCSE 9-1: Living with the physical environment, Challenges in the human environment, Geographical skills.

If you would like more information about your child’s work in Geography please contact the Head of Department: Mr Anderson

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