We want to instil a sense of awe and wonder in the world we live. ‘It’s about being able to learn about and name things that are, for many, outside their daily experience’.
Geography is the study of places and the relationships between people and their environments. Exploring both the physical properties of Earth's surface and the human societies spread across it. Understanding how humans interact with their natural environments and the way that locations and places can have an impact on people. Geography seeks to understand where things are found, why they are there, and how they develop and change over time, enabling us to become respectful and responsible stewards of the world. As a geographer, students will understand their place in the world and appreciate the complexity and interconnectedness of the human and physical world.
However, to ensure a compelling and effective Geography curriculum, it is first necessary to know something about students’ cultural backgrounds, motivational patterns, and the content of their social learning. Due to the demographic of Canon Slade School we want the curriculum to reflect the diversity of the students, but also to enlighten them on the ever changing world in which they are part of.
The core concepts in geography are introduced, sequenced and interleaved so as to ensure their effective acquisition, retention and retrieval.
As they continue on their journey of Geography, we aim to foster a deep understanding of the subject that develops alongside their geographical skills. Our aim is that our children go on to apply these skills across all subjects, as well as in their futures beyond Canon Slade.
The Learning Journey KS3-KS4
The Learning Journey KS5
KS3 Students will have:
- an appreciation for their positionality in the world, developed through the study of places.
- an understanding that the world is a complex and interconnected space of numerous physical landscapes and wide-ranging lived experiences.
- a foundation knowledge of what humans do to construct their world and the processes that have shaped the natural world.
- interpreted photos, maps and diagrams, to extract information.
KS4 Students will have:
- developed a contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics.
- understood the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation.
- collected and analysed range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepened their understanding of geographical processes.
- interpreted a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes and aerial photographs.
- communicated geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.
KS5 Students will have:
- developed and in-depth knowledge of locations, places, processes and environments, at all geographical scales from local to global across the specification as a whole.
- a deeper understanding of our highly interdependent and complex world by exploring contemporary global issues and the systems that shape the physical world.
- be able to recognise and analyse the complexity of people-environment interactions at all geographical scales, and appreciate how these underpin understanding of some of the key issues facing the world today.
- developed their understanding of, and ability to apply, the concepts of place, space, scale and environment, that underpin both the national curriculum and GCSE.
- become confident and competent in selecting, using and evaluating a range of quantitative and qualitative skills and approaches, (including observing, collecting and analysing geo-located data) and applying them as part of their studies.