The study of geography stimulates an interest in and a sense of wonder about places. It helps young people make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world. Geography inspires pupils to become global citizens by exploring their own place in the world, their values and their responsibilities to other people and to the environment. We tackle issues at a variety of scales using a variety of approaches, including group work, decision making, independent learning and research tasks with the use of ICT. At Aston Fields Middle School, pupils are introduced to key geographical skills which allow them to explore the links between our environment, the way we live our lives and the impact we have on the world. Over their four years here, pupils develop a deeper understanding of the world around us, building on their ability to apply these skills to a range of interesting contexts. Pupils:
- Develop their contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes.
- Understand 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 and change over time.
- Are competent in the geographical skills needed, through -
• analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes.
• interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS).
• communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.
Key stage 2
In KS2, pupils will learn geography through theme based topics alongside history and religious studies, known collectively as HSSE. In their HSSE lessons, teachers use a themed approach to link the disciplines of geography, history and R.S. and help pupils see the relevance of their learning experience and help them to relate knowledge gained in different subject areas. Pupils extend their knowledge beyond the local area to include the United Kingdom and Europe, North and South America and beyond.
Egyptians - Study of an African country which explores the importance of rivers to communities, particularly the river Nile’s importance to Egypt.
Buildings – In this topic pupils develop their map skills by locating a wide variety of places using local maps and world atlases.
Victorians – To explore the impact of the industrial revolution, focusing on how Bromsgrove changed in the Victorian time period. This unit includes the opportunity to develop pupils’ field trip skills walking the local canals.
Monarchy – Develop locational knowledge using the locations of key battles, their geographical features and the importance of place within monarchy.
Ancient Greeks – Study of a European country, looking at the islands, terrain and the impact on the lives of those who lived in ancient Greece.
Mountains – A study of physical geography exploring how mountains are formed, the process and impact of volcanic eruptions and how humans interact with mountains.
WW2 – Mapping the war and exploring how physical geography informed the choices of leaders during the war.
Brazil – A locational study looking at the physical geography of a South American country and exploring the rich culture of Brazil and comparing it to the culture of the U.K.
Key stage 3
In KS3, pupils are taught geography discreetly and extend their knowledge of the world’s major countries and their physical and human features. They build upon their work in KS2 to understand how geographical processes interact to create distinctive human and physical landscapes that change over time and enrich their location knowledge and spatial and environmental understanding.
Introducing map skills – Develop a range of skills, including reading six figure grid references. This unit also includes a fieldwork trip to the Lickey Hills. Pupils explore the makeup of United Kingdom.
Coastal processes – Physical geography looking at how our coastlines change and the associated processes. Exploring the impact erosion has on communities.
Weather and climate – Investigating our weather so pupils can explain why our UK weather is changeable and give reasons for the type of weather. An exploration into climate change is also carried out.
Ecosystems - An investigation into how animals, climate and vegetation interact and why this is important. A deeper study into tropical rainforests and the issues associated with them.
Population – A detailed study into populations around the world. Exploring issues such as population change, overpopulation and an aging population. Pupils use their mathematical knowledge of statistics and put it into practice.
India – A locational study of an Asian country, investigating how India is changing, its climate, globalisation and the future.
River basins – A physical geography exploring how river systems work and extending pupils' understanding of their use and investigating the impact of flooding.
Food and map interpretation – Looking into how our farmers produce food, looking at the issues with food production and understanding the differences between intensive and extensive farming.
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