Our intent is to equip students with the knowledge needed to interpret the world, with Christ at the centre of everything we do. Students will have the skills to understand and explore the physical and human environment that they inhabit now and, in the future whilst recognising the complexity of the interconnectedness of culture and faith.
“Geography is the subject that holds the key to our future”.
– Michael Palin
The study of geography helps us to explore and understand space and place – recognising the great differences in cultures, political systems, economies, landscapes and environments across the world, and exploring the links between them. Our curriculum aims to encourage students’ curiosity about the world and equip the students with the knowledge and skills to help them understand the physical and human world, now and in the future. As students progress so will their understanding of complex interrelationships between physical and human processes at different scales and how they change over time. They will have critical understanding of the world and be able to pose questions and enquires to take their thinking into the future. As geographers our students will have the potential to be well-informed global citizens, using their unique combinations of knowledge and skills to make a positive difference in the world.
Our curriculum is carefully sequenced to build upon students’ learning from Key Stage 2, and ensure that all students, including those with SEND and disadvantaged students, are challenged appropriately. In Year 7 students focus on river physical landscapes, changing places and our varied weather with a key focus on the local geography of the area. In Year 8 students study our shrinking world, water at the coast and population change where they will begin to increase their spatial understanding from local to global scale and understand the importance of place in the world. In Year 9 students study tectonic landscapes, health and wealth and living world e.g. ecosystems and climate change focusing more on contemporary issues. In Year 10 students study the development gap, social development issues, rivers and coasts and tectonic landscapes. In Year 11 students study rural and urban issues in the UK and in NIC’s, weather, climate and ecosystems and conduct a field work investigation. In Year 12 students further build upon knowledge acquired at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 where they are taught topics and themes that are closely linked by concepts, scale and places. They start with economic growth and challenge in India taught alongside Global governance and challenge, physical global systems taught alongside weather and climate and then looking at the 21st challenges of the world. In Year 13 the same approach is taken and students study changing places alongside their NEA investigation and then tectonic landscapes and hazards taught alongside coasts; thus preparing them with high quality skills and knowledge for a successful future.