Our geography curriculum is intended to inspire an interest and fascination about the world and its people. We are steered by the National Curriculum and use its guidance to ensure our students are ‘equipped with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes’ (NC page 240).
We believe the core elements of an interesting and engaging geography curriculum includes both classroom-based activities as well as opportunities to undertake field work outside of school. For example, during the topic about Oxford, students undertake fieldwork on the River Thames and use gathered data to analyse the river’s impact on the local community.
Our intention is that during their time at the school, students will gain greater knowledge, skills and understanding of the following key geographical concepts and learning:
⦁ Locational knowledge of globally significant places including Britain, Japan, Russia, the USA, India and the continent of Africa;
⦁ Processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world including glaciation, plate tectonics, hydrology and coasts, and weathering and soils;
⦁ The economic impact on local communities of events and processes including hosting festivals, migration from the Caribbean to Britain and the changing landscape since Medieval times;
⦁ The impact human processes have on the animal world and plant life including deforestation, climate change and expansive urbanisation.
In Key Stage 3, geography is taught as part of our Thematic Approaches to Learning programme (please see the TAL Policy for more information).
We are keen to ensure that the teaching of reading is explicit in all areas of the curriculum: in geography this includes learning key geographical terms, understanding geographical information such as Ordnance Survey maps and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and reading for bias when considering current political debates such as deforestation in the Animal Kingdom topic.
We monitor the impact of our teaching of geography through in-class assessments as well as via our monitoring of the Quality of Education throughout the school.