Geography Curriculum Intent Statement
Our vision is to provide an engaging and enriching key stage 3 curriculum that gives students the opportunity to discover some of the greatest issues facing the world, through the lens of continental case studies whilst supporting students to develop Geographical understanding of physical processes, human impacts and skills. This will help students to develop a love for their planet, and its’ inhabitants and their unique and diverse cultures. The subject challenges pupils with ‘real world’ issues from the local to the global. These can literally change the way we see the world, for example, the meaning of place, the significance of scale (local, regional, national, international, global), sustainable development, interdependence and diversity.
A high-quality Geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives, empowering students to ‘Think Like Geographers’ questioning their planet and how their actions can impact our future. Teaching equips pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes to enable students to live out their understanding. Through greater cultural awareness and challenging misconceptions about our world, students develop their identity through critical thinking and subsequently model inclusive values and attitudes.
All Geography students from Key Stage 3 through to A-Level will develop their learning skills of enquiry, analysis, evaluation and discussion. These skills are central to ‘Thinking Like a Geographer’ and enable our students to have a greater understanding of the challenges facing our world. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and this knowledge is developed through practical fieldwork investigations, analysis of changes in our world and examination of continental case studies during all stages of the curriculum.
Geography is a fantastic subject with extraordinary educational potential for informing future Global Citizens and helping to shape the future development of our planet. Through developing their skills to ‘Think Like a Geographer’ our students can lead the way as Global Citizens contributing in their own unique ways to the development of our world whilst on their learning journey, making conscientious decisions that are based on knowledge and understanding, with empathy for a sustainable future.