In Geography we aim to provide an exciting and stimulating mix of human and physical Geography at all stages of the curriculum. As part of this, we foster a nurturing, and engaging learning environment, where each student is challenged and supported so that they achieve their maximum potential.
We believe that learning in Geography should give students a true appreciation of the world around them. This allows them to understand the workings of the natural world and how people interact with natural environments and with each other. The concept of sustainability is also key to the teaching of Geography at Harris, as we believe that we are producing the global citizens of tomorrow and passing on the responsibility for caring for our planet and its natural resources.
We teach an exciting range of subjects in key stage three that cover a broad range of human and physical geographical content. All topics are taught through enquiry questions such as ‘Africa is all the same!’ How far do you agree? and ’We are at the tipping point of climate change. Can we stop it?’
The curriculum is designed to engage and challenge students, to develop skills of teamwork, problem solving and to foster independence as well as encouraging them to ask questions about the world we live in. All topics are assessed through knowledge tests and written tasks. Each topic will end with an open task for the students to demonstrate the knowledge they have gained throughout their learning. Formal assessments will also be cumulative, assessing how much of the previously taught topics students remember, so that any gaps or misconceptions can be addressed, in line with the Harris Assessment Policy.
Opportunities to carry out fieldwork studies are offered in key stage 3 to enable students to develop the skills that are required to collect and analyse geographical data. It offers students the opportunity to build upon and apply knowledge they have acquired in their studies, such as using map skills. We are looking to offer local and virtual fieldwork opportunities in year 7 and 8.
Our Year 9-11 GCSE students follow the AQA GCSE specification.
This course offers a contemporary and engaging blend of human and physical content, whilst developing geographical skills and critical analysis throughout.
The physical content includes tectonic and atmospheric disasters, the living world, climate change, rivers and coasts and extreme weather. The human content covers urban challenges, energy and resource management, the changing economic world and the global development gap.
The content is examined through three formal written examinations, which all take place at the end of year eleven. There are two fieldwork visits that take place as part of the course which are assessed through formal examination.
THE HARRIS VALUES AND GEOGRAPHY
Social and moral issues are at the heart of our curriculum in Geography. For example; understanding the issues surrounding global inequality, the concepts of sustainability and treating our planet, resources and fellow people with respect. Exploring these issues enables students to gain empathy for others as well as understanding how ‘doing good to all’ (Galatians 6:10) could be put into action locally, nationally and globally.
We also aim to foster a strong moral compass by examining issues nationally and internationally and asking big questions about the way forward regarding situations that are socially and morally challenging. A key part of our work on global development also focuses on the role of charity and aid in the world. We encourage our students to challenge inequality and suffering and to be charitable, both in their thoughts and their actions.
Geography is a subject that celebrates diversity and the many cultural differences that are part of the rich tapestry that make up our global community. This experience of global difference is taught through an appreciation and a respect for people of all genders, beliefs, races, cultures and creeds around the world and within our multicultural society in Britain.