Curriculum Statement - Geography
“The world as we know it is not ‘given’ and it can and it will change.” – Lambert et al.
Powerful Knowledge in Geography
Geography is a sprawling, hybrid discipline that spans both the natural and social sciences.
Powerful knowledge in geography:
- Provides students with new ways of thinking about the world using ‘big ideas’ such as Place, Space and Interconnection.
- Provides students with powerful ways of analyzing, explaining and understanding the world.
- Gives students power over their own knowledge- students need to know about the discipline and how knowledge has been developed and tested.
- Enables students to follow and participate in debates in significant local, national and global issues.
Takes students beyond their own experience. This knowledge of the world contributes strongly to students’ general knowledge.
Geography education within the Laurus Trust aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to be successful global citizens. Our curriculum is not about students leaving with a long list of facts about the world; we want our students to appreciate the ever-evolving nature of geography as an academic discipline.
Through our sequences of learning experiences, students will steadily work out how the world works and how it can and will change in the future.
Students will learn about places that are outside of their own experience, they will develop their understanding of the world’s diversity of environments, peoples, cultures and economies. Students will develop a global ‘open mindness’ so that they can challenge stereotypes and understand the fluidity of key ideas and concepts. In their lessons, students will view the world objectively and go beyond their everyday experience.
Students will be encouraged to develop a deep and descriptive conceptual world knowledge that enables them to explain relationships in both the natural and human realms. Students will then utilize the knowledge and be equipped with the tools to think through alternative social, economic and environmental futures for a range of places.
Co Curriculum Enrichment
In addition to lessons, students have several opportunities to develop their geographical understanding outside the classroom. Fieldwork promotes geographical knowledge and understanding by bridging the divide between the classroom and the real world. Students will have the opportunity to visit places such as Lyme Park, The Peak District, Salford Quays and Iceland.
Students are also encouraged to partake in additional activities outside of their lessons- this may include taught sessions on geo-literacy, attending drop in sessions for extra support or looking at the accuracy of geography in film and television.
During key stage three students develop the key skills of map reading as well as studying the history of geography, the earths systems, weather and climate, rivers and extended studies on South America, North America and Antarctica.
Students study the OCR GCSE specification. This involves detailed work on diverse topics such as UK people, the UK landscape, People of the world, environmental changes as well as field work and case studies.
Further detail is available on the exam board website below