Geography

Our Curriculum Vision & Purpose (What is the purpose of teaching your subject?)

At St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic Academy (SEA), we aim to develop student’s awareness of the world around by equipping them with a variety of skills that help them to make sense of and question a dynamically changing world. By studying a variety of topics at different locations and scales throughout the world that help illustrate how human actions and physical processes can impact on each other, we aim to develop our students spatial awareness, analytical skills, reasoning, justification and enquiry skills, as well as their cultural awareness and empathy towards others. In doing so, we aim to create a thirst for knowledge and a curiosity to learn. We strive to improve our pupil’s literacy and numeracy skills throughout the subject which is imperative given the starting point and backgrounds of recent cohorts.

 

Powerful Knowledge (What exactly do they learn?)

Students develop a broad knowledge of how human actions and physical processes help shape the world that we live in. Students will know a contextual knowledge of different locations across the globe including their defining physical and human characteristics. Students will 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.  Students will demonstrate their understanding of knowledge and skills in a variety of ways, including:

  • being able to collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data that helps deepen their understanding of geographical processes
  • being able to 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

 

Curriculum Features (What order do you teach things in and why?)

At KS3, pupils continue their Geography curriculum by following on from the recommended coverage of the KS2 National Curriculum, with Y7 students building on from basic map skills that they should have covered as well as being introduced to new areas of the world such as Asia that they have yet to investigate. As pupils progress through KS3, topics are varied between human and physical to keep pupils engaged and to ensure they cover the necessary skills and content to transition to KS4 smoothly. We aim to revisit basic geographical skills and graphical analysis, as well as literacy/numeracy skills which our students often find challenging in order to aid progress. At KS4, pupils follow the AQA syllabus and are taught the topics in an interleaved way so that the course is varied and pupils get the chance to retrieve knowledge from different exam papers and topics throughout their course. Therefore, in Y10 pupils study Natural Hazards, Urban Issues and Challenges as well as Physical Landscapes (Coasts and Rivers). This culminates with pupils carrying out fieldwork which carries over to Y11. In Y11, pupils study the Changing Economic World, The Living World and get ready for their Issue Evaluation, details of which are released by the exam board in the build up to the GCSE examinations.