The study of Geography is essential in the 21st Century as it helps young people make sense of the challenges brought by the rapidly changing economic, social, cultural and political world. The transferable knowledge and personal learning and thinking skills developed by studying geography are actively sought out by employers. A wide variety of resources are used to stimulate enquiring minds and Geography is a very popular choice for pupils at GCSE.
Geography includes the study of how we should all value the good of individuals, the local community and wider society. The subject builds an understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity and the purpose of collective effort in society. The study of the natural environment and the impact of human activities are at the heart of Geography. It inspires a sense of wonder about the world around us. 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. It builds on pupils’ own experiences to investigate places at all scales, from the personal to the global.
Geographical enquiry encourages questioning, investigation and critical thinking about issues affecting the world and people’s lives, now and in the future. Fieldwork is an essential element of this. Pupils learn to use maps, visual images and new technologies, including geographical information systems (GIS), to obtain, present and analyse information. Geography inspires pupils to become global citizens by exploring their own place in the world, their values and their responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet.
Learners are encouraged to be:
- confident in working with information and ideas – their own and those of others
- responsible for themselves, responsive to and respectful of others
- reflective as learners, developing their ability to learn
- innovative and equipped for new and future challenges
- engaged intellectually and socially, ready to make a difference.
Years 7 to 9
A stimulating curriculum provides students with a broad foundation. Pupils learn the core skills of O.S. Map and Atlas work in Year 7, followed by modules on both the Geography of the UK and the European Union. In Year 8 world population growth is studied followed by human interactions with natural environments. These interactions are developed in Year 9, where global hazards are studied, alongside world development.
Years 10 and 11
At GCSE/iGCSE students learn how human and physical processes bring about change. They study the UK and other places; geomorphic processes and landscapes; weather and climate; global ecosystems and biodiversity; resources and their management; and cities and economic development.