The purpose of the geography curriculum is to inspire curiosity in pupils, and a fascination about the world and its people. Geography provides pupils with knowledge of diverse places, people, resources, and natural and human environments, with a deep understanding of the Earth’s physical and human processes. The geography curriculum prepares pupils for each stage of their academic journey but also the world beyond the classroom by ensuring that young people can think like geographers and use their geographical knowledge to make sense of the world around them.
- Contemporary global issues
By studying the interaction of physical and human processes in the world today, geography is uniquely placed in covering some of the most important contemporary issues facing societies today. While studying concepts such as urbanisation, globalisation, development, climate change and migration pupils will cover issues that have fundamentally changed people’s lives (and their own) around the world.
Pupils will develop an understanding of physical processes that govern the natural world. By looking at how sediment moves along the coast, the behaviour of lava or the structure of a rainforest pupils will be exposed to how the natural world works and the importance it has in its own right and for their own lives.
Geography places a significant emphasis on sustainability – providing for the current generation without hindering future generations. By studying concepts such as resource management, deforestation and climate change pupils gain an understanding of the challenges facing governments and potential solutions that could allow us to live in a more sustainable way.
The concept of place is very important in geography. Pupils will apply the abstract to the concrete – taking the concepts we learn in the classroom and understanding how it impacts real people in real places. This is achieved by learning about case studies throughout the key stages.
An essential skill for a geographer is to be able to consider the evidence and see several sides to an argument before drawing a conclusion. This is encouraged in all key stages but makes up a significant part of assessment at Year 9, GCSE and A level. This is very important for developing our pupils into citizens who can analyse evidence and see other people’s point of view.
The skills acquired in geography are essential for the world of work and our every day lives. Pupils are expected to develop the ability to analyse maps, graphs, tables of data and carry out fieldwork. These are skilled that are highly valued by employers.