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The study of geography develops our sense of wonder of the world around us. It helps us make sense of a rapidly changing world, and our place within it. It explains where places are, how places and landscapes are formed, how people and their environment interact, and how a diverse range of economies, societies and environments are interconnected. We investigate and build on our own experiences, at a range of scales, from local to global.
The wide range of study skills used in geography builds students confidence, preparing them for independent research, and to work effectively with others. The study of geography prepares students to grow as responsible citizens who can make a positive contribution to society at all levels. Geography inspires us to think about our place in the world, and our responsibilities to care for it.
Geography at Key Stage 3 enables students to develop their sense of place in the world, whilst refining their Geography enquiry skills. We investigate our local community, our influence upon it, and how we interact with the wider world. Global interdependence is a key theme to our scheme of study, to help students to be able to analyse the impact they could have on the world around them, and how global issues will shape their lives.
Geography at Key Stage 4 follows the WJEC specification B. The content of the specification is organised into three broad themes:
Theme 1: Changing Places - Changing Economies
Theme 2: Changing Environments
Theme 3: Environmental Challenges
The course adopts a distinctive problem solving approach to the study of interactions between people and the environment. By following this course learners will develop skills of interpretation, analysis and evaluation when they collect primary data and are presented with reported evidence and information. Those following the course will become critical learners as they consider the strengths and limitations of this data and evidence. It also requires learners to consider the points of view of those who have a vested interest when they are affected by contentious geographical change. Learners will become informed and reflective citizens when they consider a range of viewpoints, values and attitudes which are held by stakeholders on a number of key geographical issues. By analysing the evidence and viewpoints learners will develop the ability to solve problems and justify their decisions. In this way, the course enables young people to become globally and environmentally informed and thoughtful, enquiring citizens.
Homework enhances pupil learning, improves achievement and develops students' personal learning and thinking skills and as such is an integral part of the curriculum. It requires careful planning and integration into the schemes of learning of each curriculum area.
In Year 7 students will have Humanities homework the equivalent of 1 hour per week. In Year 8 and 9 homework is divided into Geography, History and RE. Students will undertake various different types of homework including Extended Projects, writing tasks, research, model making and practical research.
Meet the Team
|Mrs M Reid||Head of Humanities|
|Mrs H Hall||Assistant Head of Humanities|
|Mr T Kirkby||Teacher of Geography / Assistant Headteacher|
|Miss K Silcox||Teacher of Geography|