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.
The national curriculum for geography aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop 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 to:
- collect, 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. They have HSSE three lessons a week and teaching around a theme allows pupils to see the relevance of their learning experience and helps them to relate knowledge gained in different learning areas.
The topics they cover are:
- Wonders of the World
- Bromsgrove – A Local Study and Water
- Britain since 1945
- Ancient Greece Block 1
- Mountains Block 2
- Britain since 1940 Block 3
- Brazil Block 4
- West Africa – Benin Block 5
Key Stage 3
In KS3, pupils have one lesson a week of geography and the aims are to extend their knowledge and understanding beyond the local area to include the United Kingdom and Europe, North and South America. This will include the location and characteristics of a range of the world’s most significant human and physical features. They should develop their use of geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to enhance their locational and place knowledge.
The topics that they learn through are:
- Introducing map skills
- Coastal processes
- Weather and climate
- Ecosystems and desert environments
- River basins
- Food and map interpretation,
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