Year 7 – place-based curriculum to develop a grounded understanding of the world. Our geography enquiries are grounded in place knowledge, helping students practice the geography skills they learn through the lens of topical locations and events. We study the UK for local knowledge, the Middle East to understand economic and social growth and the developing links to the BRIC economics. This leads to a study of Russia to understand the growth of a modern superpower and the human rights implications of growth.
The place-based curriculum supports students in building on their primary school learning and developing a deeper understanding of place alongside developing geographical skills. These skills include describing trends, questioning, inferring, interpreting graphs, and explaining using a geographical lens - skills that permeate all of out other years and topics.
In years 8 and 9, our curriculum moves to thematic understanding. Ideas and thematic geography support the developing depth of knowledge moving towards GCSE and a more comprehensive understanding of the world. The concepts of natural hazards, coasts and economic development are complex and multi-layered. Students learn about case studies from many locations to support the links between place and theme. Years 8 and 9 builds on the fundamental principles and geographic skills from Y7, namely describing trends, interpretation, cardinal points, evidence-based explanations, key term use and disciplinary literacy. We emphasise understanding contemporary geographical issues such as climate change/sustainability links, diversity and equality links, which we believe helps students to develop enquiring minds.