“What is knowledge worth if we know nothing about the world that sustains us, nothing about natural systems and climate, nothing about other countries and cultures?” – Jonathon Porritt
‘Fit for Life’ through Geography
Geography both provokes and answers questions about the natural and human worlds; promoting different scales of inquiry to view these from different perspectives. Geography builds essential knowledge of places and environments throughout the world whilst developing a range of investigative and problem solving skills. Geography forces us to ask important questions about the environment and sustainable development and establishes links between the natural and social sciences. As pupils study geography, they encounter different societies and cultures – this helps them realize how nations rely on each other and can inspire them to think about their own place in the world, their values, and their rights and responsibilities as a member of the world.
Skills and Knowledge
Geography is a subject which builds on young people’s own experiences; helping them to formulate questions, develop their intellectual skills and find answers to issues affecting their lives. Students in Key Stage 3 will learn about the world around them. Our curriculum is designed to make students consider the local, regional, national, international and global scales within each module. Key Stage 3 allows students to investigate their personal geographies by studying a variety of modules including: Making Connections, Rivers, Coasts, Weather and Climate, Population, Plate Tectonics, Biomes and The Geography of Sport. We also look indepth to countries such as Brazil and Russia. Students will also develop important map and graph skills to investigate how they are connected to the wider world. They also undertake fieldwork enquiries.
Students in Key Stage 4 build on their knowledge of how places and landscapes are formed and link this to the diverse range of cultures and societies that exist and interconnect on a deeper level. The Key Stage 4 curriculum interleaves these themes into the human modules of Resource Management, the Changing Economic World, and Urban Issues and Challenges; moulded with the Physical modules of Natural Hazards, the Living World, and UK Physical Landscapes. The fieldwork element of the course reintroduces students to distinctive investigative tools such as maps, fieldwork and the use of data to formulate conclusions.
Communication and Community
A range of skills are required to be developed and honed in the Geography classroom. These include cartography, graphicacy, explanation and arguing a case. Homework will often require revision and recall, whilst encouraging creativity and widening their range of skills. As well as opening their eyes to the beauty and wonder around them, Geography acts as a source of inspiration and creativity whilst ensuring an appreciation for the attitudes and values which shape the way we use and misuse the world around us.