Course Outline – Geography

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Curriculum Intent

Geography at CCHSG aims to prepare young people with the knowledge, skills and understanding to make sense of their world and to face the challenges that will shape our societies and environments on a variety of scales, from the personal to the global. The study of geography stimulates an interest in, and a sense of wonder about, places. It helps students make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world. It explains where places are, how places and landscapes are formed, how people and their environment interact, and how a diverse range of economies, societies and environments are interconnected. Geographical enquiry encourages questioning, investigation and critical thinking about issues affecting the world and people’s lives, now and in the future. Fieldwork is an essential element of this. Students learning to think spatially and use maps, visual images and new technologies, including geographical information systems (GIS), to obtain, present and analyse information. Geography inspires students to become global citizens by exploring their own place in the world, their values and their responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet.

The Geography program across all Key Stages is designed to build on prior knowledge, embed and extend the understanding of core geographical principles and inspire students to learn about the world around them. Assessment objectives run throughout in a systemic approach ensuring progression and continuity. This enables the development of subject mastery within Geography in order to prepare students with the knowledge, skills and understanding to make sense of their world. We also aim to give students the opportunity to build on their cultural capital in order to face the challenges that will shape our societies and environments on a  local, national and global scale, creating resilient leaders of tomorrow.

Key Stage 3 is taught across Years 7 and 8, with Year 9 starting the GCSE specification content. This enables in depth subject mastery and prepares students for the academic rigour of grade 8 and 9, A Level studies and beyond. The Key Stage 3 curriculum has been designed to ensure that students cover a wide breadth of content with core skills embedded into schemes of work. The curriculum aims to give students access to active and creative approaches to subject. With this in mind drama, ICT and multimedia activities, including the use of audio and visual recording equipment play a key role in the subject. The curriculum content has been devised based on requirements at GCSE and review of the Geographical Association and Royal Geographical Society guidance and utilises a clear step progression scale. It exists within the CCHSG curriculum matrix, with additional co-curricular development days to enrich students beyond the requirements of the exam specification.

Co-curriculum and Extracurricular Activities

Opportunities include:  GeogSoc for all Year Groups, EcoSchools, a trip to South West Iceland and Year 9 Enrichment Days covering Global Development Issues, Hazards and Environmental Sustainability, extending beyond the exam specification.

Fieldwork consists of school based and local area studies in Year 7 and 8, including a Bushcraft outdoor experience in Year 7.  The Year 9 curriculum includes engagement with secondary data and a trip to London. GCSE includes both human and physical fieldwork days within the wider area. A Level students currently undertake a residential trip to a fieldwork centre to prepare for their NEA projects.

Department facilities

The department is housed in a suite of three specialist rooms that are well equipped with a range of resources including projectors and visualisers. The department has its own library and study area as well as a comprehensive range of field work equipment to assist with A Level NEA projects.

Opportunities for Further Study and Destinations

Many of our students go on to read Geography or a related discipline at University.  As Geography is such a diverse discipline, which develops analytical and communication skills and the ability to evaluate data, it can lead to a wide range of career options.  Geographers find employment in areas ranging from business location systems analysis or conservation work to hazard management. The skills and knowledge developed are also of relevance to career paths in areas such as environmental planning, health, politics and international relations. Geography students tend to be open-minded and interested in the world around them, qualities which are attractive to employers and may be a particular advantage for employment in international organisations.