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Geography is the study of the relationships between physical and human processes and systems that give rise to spatial patterns on the surface of the earth. Whilst other subjects may study landscape, flora and fauna, the atmosphere, people and culture, the built environment and political territories, geography is the only discipline that concerns itself with the relationships between these resulting in spatial differentiation. As such Geography provides students with the means to think about the world in new ways. We call this thinking geographically. We believe that thinking geographically helps in the pursuit of truth, and it is the pursuit of truth which distinguishes disciplinary knowledge from everyday social and cultural knowledge and is a priority for our Geography curriculum.
A quality education in Geography is valuable to students in order to gain a deep understanding of the systems of our planet and the societies which inhabit it. Students will be taught about the relationships between physical and human phenomena and how these give rise to spatial patterns on earth’s surface. In addition to this, studying Geography will equip students with analytical skills, communication skills and the ability to think critically about the world around them so that they are able to make a difference in society.
The Key Stage 3 Geography curriculum must:
- include a balance of human and physical geography concepts
- be knowledge led, with an emphasis on diverse locational knowledge, and a range of contemporary case studies
- enable students to apply concepts and theories to a wide range of geographical ideas
- develop a range of geographical skills, including cartographic skills, data manipulation and an understanding of Geographical Information Systems.
The Key Stage 4 Geography curriculum must:
- include a balance of human and physical geography concepts that gain greater depth and complexity to better understand the world
- be knowledge led, with an emphasis on diverse locational knowledge, and a range of contemporary case studies of different scales and from different social, political and cultural contexts
- include opportunities for students to conduct human and physical primary fieldwork so that disciplinary truths can be interrogated in real-world contexts
- enable students to apply concepts and theories to a wide range of geographical ideas and to develop well evidenced arguments drawing on these theories
- develop and extend students geographical skills including their ability to use Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to manipulate data and their ability to research and critique secondary evidence