Geography aims to invoke a passion and stimulate a sense of wonder about the world we inhabit. It has an invaluable role to play as it encourages students’ to question the world, investigate world events and allow critical thinking about key contemporary issues facing people, places and the environment. Building an awareness and understanding of the relationship between these aspects allows students to understand the different forces at play that can shape our natural world as well as our societies on many scales. This is important as it broadens the perspectives of our students and encourages inquisitiveness and excitement. It allows our young people to become informed citizens by understanding their own place in our complex and unpredictable world as well as determining their values and responsibilities to our planet.
Geography at East Leake Academy intends to develop students’ knowledge and understanding key human and physical processes to uncover nuances and discover the interconnectedness of the world around them. Geography also has an important purpose of identifying key contemporary issues facing people, places and the environmental. Awareness and understanding of the link between the aforementioned aspects are vitally important to ensure our students are aware of the world we inhabit. We begin with the aim of guiding students to understanding their own personal geographies to going beyond their experiences to open up the world to them and broaden their perspectives. This this taught with the following core concepts underpinning our teaching,
- Space and place
- Population, culture and society
- Physical landscapes and processes
- Environmental and human interactions
Through each year in their geographical education, students will explore these ideas and within them learn about geography on a local, national and international scale. Geography is taught with a link to students personal geographies to build on and develop ideas further from their experience to broaden their perspectives. This approach allows students to become familiar with the human and physical world and gain a deeper understanding of how the world works. We believe this is the best way for students to study geography as literature on teaching our discipline emphasises that it is the role of geography to allow students to become informed citizens thus proving its matchless position in the school curriculum.
- An appreciation of the importance of geographical knowledge understanding interconnectivity between human and physical environments on a variety of scales.
- Developing the capability to be able to explain and formulate arguments supported by comprehensive evidence.
- Confidence in analysing geographical, qualitative and numerical sources/data.
- The ability to overcome misconceptions to understand the dynamic nature of geography.