Our curriculum vision applies to all our young people, regardless of background, gender, sexual orientation or ability.
Our young people will develop a life-long love of learning of Geography through the study of a wide range of physical and human landscapes, processes and the interaction between these at a range of geographical scales and through expert delivery in Geography lessons.
All students at Heworth Grange School are without exception entitled to a world class Geographical education that is holistic, ambitious and aspirational by covering different aspects of the subject open the world to them through the love of Geography.
It is vital that we prepare our young people so that they are empowered to become engaged positive and respectful citizens through a dedicated focus on professional development and developing a deep understanding of the world around them, current geographical issues, the relevance of these issues to young people (e.g. climate change) and how young people can respond individually and collectively to these geographical issues.
We are responsible for ensuring our young people are confident to pursue ambitious next steps in geographical education, employment or training which will support their future careers through introducing careers related to Geography, the importance of the wide range of transferrable skills that are used in Geography and how these can be used by young people in their future learning or career.
Knowledge and skills:
Through our curriculum, students:
- Build geographical knowledge and understand how geographical concepts and skills link between topics in Geography such as interactions between the physical and human environment and other subjects such as mathematical skills and applications in Geography, Business Studies in terms of different employment sectors and trade patterns, Travel, such as tourism and its impact on places, people and environments and Science, such as ecosystems.
- Develop confidence in communication skills and have opportunity to critically question and debate through evaluating geographical issues and considering different viewpoints and debating big questions such as migration, environmental issues and sustainable management of issues from the local to global scale.
- Develop a love of reading and the skills to read fluently, having opportunity to explore wider significant and exclusive texts in Geography
- Learn to self-regulate and work independently as well as collaboratively in Geography such as through undertaking of Geographical enquiry and investigating issues through fieldwork.
- Learn about the world around them through developing concepts of place, space and environment at a range of scales and issues such as interdependence, cultural diversity, globalisation, environmental issues and sustainable development and inclusive historical contexts and how these have impacted on people and places such as the role of plate tectonic in creating current hazards and landforms and the impact of colonialism and historical trade patterns and levels of development on countries.
- Will have the opportunity for deep Geographical thinking and to get into their ‘flow’ for example in decision-making exercises which allow for deeper thinking around a topic, considering the impact on different stakeholders e.g. types of coastal or river management or the impact of a new urban development.
- Develop strong mathematical fluency through the application and interpretation of numerical, graphical and statistical skills when using Geographical data.
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Geography is an exciting, dynamic, topical, and highly relevant subject that deals with many of the issues facing people and places across the planet. It helps us to understand how places are interconnected and how the natural environment can affect humans as well as how humans can affect the natural environment.
It is a subject that supports both the Sciences and the Humanities with a focus on the physical and human environments. It helps to develop the ability to think:
- Creatively, by posing questions relating to different elements of geographical processes and concepts
- Scientifically, by collecting and recording appropriate evidence from a range of sources, including fieldwork
- Independently by applying geographical knowledge, understanding, and skills to real-world contexts
Geography can help us to understand many of the changes taking place in the world today. Through studying the range of causes of issues such as global climate change and how this may impact humans, Geography helps us to understand what impacts we, as individuals, can have and what we can do about this to live in a more sustainable way. It also helps us to develop an understanding of issues from the local to global scale, such as why local areas are regenerated to how natural hazards can impact on some communities more than others.
Geography allows pupils to develop a wide range of transferable skills that are important in everyday life and in the world of work such as literacy; numeracy; graphicacy; ICT; problem-solving; thinking skills; enquiry; analysis and social and environmental awareness, and all these skills make Geographers highly employable.
Geography is a key qualification that enables pupils to access a range of careers such as those in retail, travel, planning, surveying, estate agency, conservation, project management, civil engineering, financial services, the forces and many more.
A wide range of physical and human topics are covered throughout the course. The geography of the UK is covered in studying rivers, coastal landscapes, urban areas, rural areas and their related issues and management strategies. Tectonic and climatic hazards are studied alongside ecosystems such as coral reefs. Global issues are addressed in studying global cities, development patterns, pressure on resources such as water supplies, effects of climate change and the management of many of these issues.
Fieldwork is a compulsory element of the course where data is collected, presented, analysed and evaluated in preparation for examination questions.
The GCSE course will follow the Eduqas Specification and will have 3 formal assessments (examinations) at the end of year 11.
- Component 1: Changing Physical and Human Landscapes (35% of qualification)
- Three structured, data response questions and some extended written response
- Component 2: Environmental and Development Issues (35% of qualification)
- Three structured, data response questions and some extended written responses
- Component 3: Applied Fieldwork Enquiry (30% of qualification)
- Structured data response questions based on fieldwork, geographical skills and decision-making.
Additional Information & Who to Contact
Click here to view the Geography Specification
If you require any further information or have any questions, then please contact Mr Cuthbertson on email@example.com