Introduction to Geography at Harris Academy Morden
“Geography is the subject which holds the key to our future” (Michael Palin)
Geography is a broad, multidisciplinary subject that allows students to understand the complexity of planet Earth whilst stimulating an interest and sense of wonder about the diversity of places that exist. It simultaneously explores our planet’s physical and human phenomena, equipping students with a plethora of knowledge about diverse landscapes, built environments, flora and fauna, resources, people and cultures and political territories. Whilst other subjects may explore these topics, Geography is the only discipline that studies the interactions between these physical and human processes, thus allowing students to develop a deep understanding and appreciation of the interconnectivity of humans and nature. Students will be able to think about the world in new ways and will gain an appreciation of the delicacy of our planet and the diversity of cultures that exists across continents. Geography frees students from the limitations of their experiences and learning powerful geographical knowledge can help them to grow into global citizens. Students can determine their values and responsibilities to other people and the environment, which is of ever-growing importance to ensure the sustainability of the planet.
General overview of Geography
In Geography at Harris Academy Morden, geographical enquiry is at the heart of the curriculum and plays a central role in the teaching of geography as it encourages ‘thinking geographically’. Therefore, the topics studied are focused around enquiry and students are encouraged to explore concepts through reasoning, data and source interpretation, debate and questioning. Students are empowered to become active, confident and independent learners. Key Stage 3 topics are carefully selected to allow students to access a range of physical and human geography. Five ‘key concepts’ have been identified as being the ideas which all geography students should have a sound understanding of by the end of Key Stage 3. These are recurring themes which are embedded through the different topics in the course: Sustainability, Climate, Human/Physical Interactions, Earth Processes, Development.
At Key Stage 4, GCSE units of work are sequenced to ensure clear progression in knowledge towards the mastery of the OCR B: Geography for Enquiring Minds specification, including regular opportunities to develop skills in geographical enquiry through bespoke enquiry lessons. The aim of the GCSE course is to encourage students to ‘think like geographers’ and take an enquiry approach to contemporary topics of study. Students will be given opportunities to apply geographical knowledge and skills in real world contexts. Students locational knowledge will be stretched further to understand different environments, processes and scales in a mixture of social, political and cultural contexts. There is ample opportunity to apply their knowledge through fieldwork, both in a physical and human geography context. This allows students to further engage in the topics studied and understand how the content is relevant to them and their personal geographies. Study within the OCR B specification consists of 3 major strands which will be assessed separately:
- Our Natural World (01) âÂ¨
- People and Society (02) âÂ¨
- Geographical Exploration (03)
Please see the document below for details of the Intent, Implemetation and Impact forGeography at Harris Academy Morden