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The study of Geography is aimed at inspiring students’ interest in the world around them. It helps young people make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world. 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. Geography builds on students’ own experiences to investigate places at all scales, from the personal to the global.

Students will gain knowledge of people, places and resources, along with natural and human environments and process that will equip them to understand the way in which the world works and the connections between people and place. As students’ progress, they will gain geographical knowledge, understanding and skills that will help them to explain how features of both human and physical geography are shaped, interconnected and changed over time.

In Key Stage 3 students will study:

  • Our World – Europe and the UK
  • Mapping and Geographical Skills
  • People Around the World
  • Weather and Climate and Climate Change
  • Global Killers and Development
  • Coastal Geography
  • Tourism
  • Rivers and Flooding
  • Tectonic Processes

In Key Stage 4 students will study:

  • Componet 1:
  • Hazardous Earth - climate change, hurricanes, volcanoes and earth quakes
  • Development dynamics - the globalised world, population increase, unequal development
  • Challenges of an urbanising world - the growth of cities - London and Mumbai
  • Componet 2:
  • The UK's evolving physical landscape - rocks, coasts, rivers, flooding
  • The UK's developing human landscape - changing economy, London then and now, migration, rural areas
  • Geographical investigations - rivers and variations in urban areas
  • Componet 3:
  • People and the biosphere - biomes, ecosystems, resources
  • Forests under threat - the Tropical Rainforest and Taiga Forest
  • Consuming energy resources - renewable and non-renewable, the future?
  • Making geographical decisions

Through the study of geographical enquiry this encourages the students to question, investigate and critically think about issues affecting the world and people’s lives, now and in the future. Fieldwork is an essential element of this. Students learn to think spatially and use maps, visual images and new technologies, including geographical information systems (GIS), to obtain, present and analyse information. Geography inspires students 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.

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