‘Geography is a living, breathing subject, constantly adapting itself to change. It is dynamic and relevant. For me geography is a great adventure with a purpose.’
Sir Michael Palin
Geography puts the understanding of social and physical processes within the context of place - recognising the great differences in cultures, political systems, economies, landscapes and environments across the world and exploring the links between them. It is a subject perfectly placed to consider, explore and evaluate this period of drastic change in the 21st Century.
At Leesbrook, students are equipped with the skills and tools to understand both their own and the wider world. We do this through a rich and broad curriculum, underpinned by key geographical concepts such as change, place and interdependence. As laid out by the Geographical Association in A Different View, learning through concepts allows students to ‘think geographically’ across a breadth of different topic areas, and ultimately allows students to be able to make sense of new knowledge across different settings. At Leesbrook we pride ourselves on skilling pupils to be academic geographers with the ability to make sense of the world around them. Geography forces students to think holistically across both the human and physical world, and consider how they interact with each other. Students are pushed to think critically about our planet, while still looking at issues with empathy. In addition to the very real academic value of the subject, geography also allows pupils to explore the world though the classroom – and as such is enriching beyond measure.
Through Key Stage 3 we will examine a selection of ideas and issues facing the planet in the 21st century through local and global perspectives, better helping students to understand their own importance within the wider system.
We will look at the physical world, examining the influence of and interactions between the Earth’s Spheres (Atmosphere, Hydrosphere, Lithosphere and Biosphere) upon the landscape. Investigating the human world allows us to question the varying levels of development across the world, the need to live sustainably and the constant flux of people, both in number and in location. We aim to further examine the interactions between both people and environment, and how each can influence one another. Furthermore, students will have the opportunity to develop key geographical skills such as map and fieldwork skills. Our robust Geography curriculum will give students the building blocks to best prepare for the rigour of the new AQA GCSE Specification.
Leesbrook’s Geography curriculum will lay the foundation for global citizens, who each understand the complexities, and beauty, of our planet.