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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:

At Philips, through our Geography curriculum we want our pupils to promote a natural curiosity and understanding of the world around them. It is important to us that our pupils have an understanding and care for their impact on the world. Pupils need to be able to understand different lives from their own, observe cultures and the challenges people face from all over the globe.

Through enquiry-based learning we want to equip our pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources, natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. This will help build and develop transferable skills that they can take into the future world of work.

Finally, it is important that our pupils are able to form their own opinion of the world in which they live. For them to be able to do this, the curriculum is designed to build on analytical, evaluative and justification skills.  

As a department we have built a spiral curriculum that constantly provides opportunity for pupils to revisit prior knowledge from KS2 and throughout KS3 and 4. This allows a fantastic platform for our pupils to be the best well rounded geographers they can be for their future lives.

KS3 YEAR 7 Exploring Our World, People in Our Cities, The Working World
YEAR 8 The Water Cycle, Pole to Pole
YEAR 9 Our Restless Earth, Global Issues, Prisoners of Geography
KS4 AQA GCSE 9-1: Living with the physical environment, Challenges in the human environment, Geographical skills.Y10 – Natural and Tectonic Hazards, Extreme Weather and Climate Change, Changing Economic World, NEE and the UK Economy, Coastal Landscapes, Fieldwork and SkillsY11- River Landscapes, The Living World, Urban Issues and Challenges, Urban Change in the UK, Resource Management, Issue Evaluation, Revision
Outside of the curriculum and classroom we promote the love of Geography through our extra-curricular club. Currently we have an Eco-club that runs every week. The focus of this group is to develop the pupils care for the environment, looking at ways that Philips can become an environmentally friendly school.
In addition to this we are able as a department to take pupils out of the classroom and into the field where they can explore curriculum learning for that year. Our fieldwork opportunities are as follows:
Year 7 – Malham Cove
Year 8 – Ainsdale Beach
Year 9 – TBC
Year 10 – Coastal Fieldwork – Cleveley’s Beach
Year 11 – Salford Quays

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

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