Curriculum Intent

Our Geography curriculum is designed to ensure students across all year groups have a real interest in the world around them, aiming to inspire a passion for geography and an interest in the subject beyond their academic achievements, and for the rest of their lives.  We aim to teach them to have a sense of awe and wonder at natural landscapes and processes.

At KS3, Geography aims to give students a solid foundation in a range of geographical topics that will build on the necessary skills and knowledge for study at GCSE and A levels.

The GCSE course encourages pupils to think like geographers through the study of geographical themes, applied within the context of the UK and the wider world, and for the rest of their lives. Pupils will study in-depth the diverse and dynamic geography of the UK, gaining an appreciation of the changes to the country’s geography and the processes which drive them. This includes the study of natural landscapes which defines the UK, the people, and the environmental challenges which it faces.

Geographical skills are embedded throughout the course. Students develop critical thinking skills as they learn how to conduct research, answer enquiry based questions and how to formulate a valid argument through their study.

Will Geography suit me?

Good geographers are those who:

  • have a real interest in the world around them
  • have a sense of awe and wonder at natural landscapes and processes
  • ask questions like “what caused that earthquake?”
  • have an interest in the human world
  • ask questions like “does my town have any sustainable transport examples?”, “will there be too many people in the world by the time I retire?” and “why are our cities like this? How might they change?”
  • have an interest in the global environment
  • ask questions like “is climate change happening? Why? What will it mean?” and “are our actions sustainable?”
  • like to carry out primary (practical) fieldwork in different environments

There are many other issues we study too, but if these are things that interest you, then Geography could be a good idea. Good geographers are also those who are willing to contribute positively in class, who can meet work deadlines, and aspire towards a great pride in their work and high academic achievement

Ethos

  • To stimulate curiosity, interest and enjoyment in the world around them
  • To encourage pupils to have an open, enquiring mind and be independent and interdependent learners
  • To perceive Geography in the context of a wider body of knowledge, vocabulary and skills
  • To provide a basis for lifelong study, and the pursuit of the personal interest in the subject even beyond the school

Destination

A good qualification in Geography can lead to a great variety of employment possibilities with its combination of knowledge, decision making, analysis, cultural awareness and environmental awareness.