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Geography at Gosforth Junior High Academy

Geography

Geography is everywhere. It envelops and interconnects humanity in a multitude of ways from the simple to the complex, the direct to the indirect, resonating through all of our lives on a daily basis.

Geography Curriculum Statement

Our passion for teaching students geography is one we aim to transfer to our students and reflects our strong belief that, by developing a better understanding of the world around us, students can make informed decisions and judgements about issues that can have a considerable impact on our planet.

Our rigorous Geography curriculum teaches students a rich knowledge and understanding of a broad variety of places and environments around our world. This insight into a range of cultures and environments stimulates student thinking about the many impacts that natural process on our planet can have towards people and their environment. Crucially, we teach students how people can work in partnership with each other and our planet, to minimise our impact and manage the planets precious resources, ensuring that future generations enjoy the benefits of the one key element we all have in common, our relatively small world. Through our students growing knowledge and understanding of human geography, students become increasingly tolerant, appreciative and accepting of life in other cultures, along with their traditions and values, as well as becoming aware of the many disparities that exist locally, nationally and globally. Geography teaching also inspires students to find out about our physical world and the considerable, and often devastating, power that the forces of nature can unleash on people, communities and civilisation in an instant. Students learn about responsibility and the importance of sustainable development, making sure that our actions today do not compromise the lives of future generations on our planet, preserving and providing balance for our common future.

As well as a global aspect to our curriculum, students also develop an understanding about our nation and their local area, comparing their life in this area with that in other regions in the UK, at a variety of scales. The important philosophy of ‘think global act local’ is a key message running throughout our curriculum, promoting awareness of the fact that even our own individual small actions at a local scale, when brought together, have great power to change global outcomes both at that moment in time and potentially for generations to come. In addition to the development of knowledge and understanding, students learn a variety of important skills through the curriculum, learning how to draw and interpret maps and develop the skills of research, investigation, analysis and problem-solving in order to successfully navigate the world around us. Through Geography, we also encourage students to gain a greater awareness of global debates, issues and current affairs and actively promote discussion, improving resilience, communication skills and the ability to develop and justify an evidenced argument.  Geography develops strong cross curricular links and provide students with invaluable transferable skills that can be applied across a range of other subjects.

Through a broad curriculum, academic rigour and instilling a passion for Geography, we recognise the importance that the curriculum has is developing our students into responsible members of society. We want to develop students that are aware of their current actions, appreciate future consequences, and understand our place in the world. As the custodians of our planet in the future, we need to make sure that they are ready to play their part in preserving and shaping our ever changing world.

 


 

Geography Curriculum Content Statement

In Geography, the early acquisition of key underpinning knowledge allows students to develop deeper understanding of all areas of the curriculum through KS3, KS4 and into KS5. There are elements of core knowledge and key themes which we introduce in KS3 and revisit as part of our spiral curriculum, adding complexity, deepening understanding, and demonstrating the importance of the link between knowledge exam technique. Students begin by developing locational knowledge of countries and continents before exploring further the various types of human, physical and environmental Geographies, of which contain a multitude of topics, which often interlink through similarities and differences around the world.

It is valuable for students to see how core knowledge can be transferred between key stages, Concepts such as cause, effect and response; the awareness and understanding of processes; and the application of Geography into real life scenarios, is something we ensure is demonstrated and practised in each key stage. We regularly revisit and revise the knowledge through mid or end of topic tests, homework tasks and exam style questions. We aim to ensure that the subject knowledge of geography staff is contemporary and as up to date as possible via external opportunities and cross departmental collaboration. Our teachers in the department have much enthusiasm and desire to develop their expertise.

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Within all key stages, there are many core skills from other subjects, which are covered within the curriculum, all of which students regularly revisit to allow a build of confidence and expertise. Students must understand how to interpret images, tables and graphs, and write effectively to apply their interpretations, and their own knowledge, ensuring specific facts and figures are included throughout. Our curriculum encourages students to be able to evaluate, explain and justify viewpoints; select and recall information; and apply knowledge to various situations. Literacy is regularly reinforced in all lessons, through encouraging extended responses and ensuring key vocabulary is accurately spelled and used correctly in written work.

In addition to this, it is important that we encourage students to develop a sense of critical thinking and be able to create a balanced argument. We also aim to demonstrate to students how geography does not remain in the classroom, and is consistently applied to real life situations outside of the classroom. Geography offers a wealth of engaging content, with creative and various opportunities to access and understand it. Finally it develops a more well-rounded approach to looking at the world which is beneficial across all forms of the curriculum in school, and out of it.