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Geography

Geography is the study of the world around us, exploring a sense of place, space, environment, interconnection, sustainability, scale and change. Students should always ask the fundamental questions of what is happening and why. They will be equipped with the knowledge to understand how human interactions with each other and their surrounding natural and man-made surrounding make the world like it is to provide them with their answers. As students progress through the curriculum their growing knowledge about the world will help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes. Each key stage will support students to widen their knowledge and understanding of the varying scales of Geography that affects both them and the rest of the world.

Our curriculum purpose in Geography is to develop students’ understanding of the world around them and of the environment that they live in, enabling students to be global citizens that are aware of world events allowing them to evaluate the impact they have on our dynamic world. The study of Geography encourages our students to become creative and independent thinkers and problem-solvers, who are inquisitive about the wider world in which they live.

Our curriculum aims for Geography are framed around the National Curriculum and the exam specifications we follow and is rich, broad and varied and carefully sequenced to allow our students to gain a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people of the wider world. They will gain geographical perspective about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes; applying this knowledge to real-world contexts, including fieldwork, and to contemporary situations and issues. Our students will understand more about the wider world, the challenges it faces and their place within it. Students will be equipped in geographical skills such as those used in fieldwork, in using/reading maps and Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Our students will apply geographical knowledge and understanding through geographical enquiries Making use of real-world case studies where students will be able to show respect and tolerance of a range of beliefs, opinions and cultures, both past and present.

Students will engage in geographical enquiry to develop as critical and reflective thinkers, with inquisitive minds. They will ask relevant questions about the present and future of our world. Students will understand and make their own geographical hypothesis’ through a number of fieldwork opportunities.  Students will have opportunities to collect, analyse, and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes. Students will interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs, and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and be able to communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.

We will implement this in Geography with the aim of ensuring our students can be the best they can be.