A high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the framework and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.
Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3 pupils will learn about their local area, their country and the entire world around them. The Key Stage 3 programme covers both human and physical geography with students studying everywhere from the ecosystems of the school field and the local park to the formation of Artic landscapes, the problems facing the residents of China’s mega cities, and the geography behind the global fashion industry. Pupils will acquire not only a comprehensive understanding of the world that they live in, but also the skills needed by a modern geographer, including using the latest GIS technologies.
Key Stage 4
Pupils will learn about geography in the physical environment, including case studies and examples of natural hazards, ecosystems, tropical rainforests and deserts and a study of UK physical landscapes. Pupils will also learn about challenges in the human environment including urban issues and challenges in terms of population growth, the changing economic world and the challenges of resource management. Pupils will also study a unit of geographical applications that will require them to draw together knowledge, understanding and skills from previous units whilst also undertaking two geographical enquiries based on fieldwork.