Geography at SSHS

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We live in a world of amazing beauty, infinite complexity and rigorous challenge. Geography is the subject which opens the door to this dynamic world and prepares students for the role of global citizen in the 21st century.

Through studying geography, students begin to appreciate how places and landscapes are formed, how people and environments interact, what consequences arise from our everyday decisions, and what a diverse range of cultures and societies exist and interconnect.

Geography is a subject which builds on young people’s own experiences, helping them to formulate questions, develop their intellectual skills and find answers to issues affecting their lives. It introduces them to distinctive investigative tools such as maps, fieldwork and the use of powerful digital communication technologies. It opens their eyes to the beauty and wonder around them and acts as a source of inspiration and creativity.

More than this, it ensures that they appreciate the complexity of attitudes and values which shape the way we use and misuse the environment. Through geography, people learn to value and care for the planet and all its inhabitants

KS3 Geography builds from the foundations laid in primary school, and expands students appreciation and understanding of the world around them.

Geographical and transferable academic skills are embedded into the learning along with development of knowledge, understanding and application.  We look at a range of human physical and environmental topics from Plate Tectonics, River and Coastal Landscapes to Economic Development and Natural Resources, forming cognitive and systematic links between the topics and our interaction with the environment.  We learn in the classroom, and aim to conduct fieldwork with all students.  Students can progress onto GCSE

At GCSE we follow the AQA specification.  This is examined in year 11 with three papers.   Paper 1 – Living with the physical environment;  Paper 2 – Challenges in the human environment;  Paper 3 – Geographical Challenges.

Students will travel the world, exploring examples in the UK, High, Medium and Low Income countries.   Students are encouraged to understand their role in society, by considering different viewpoints, values and attitudes.

Students will have the skills and experience to progress onto A-level and beyond if they so wish.

Geography Aims

  • To develop a deep understanding of the earths physical and human processes and the challenges that we are currently facing, whilst promoting a more sustainable future
  • To study key skills to provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the earths future at different scales are shaped, interconnected, and change over time
  • We learn about other countries, places and cultures as well as our own, to develop a sense of place in the world
  • Develop knowledge into deeper understanding and meaningful cognitive links between topics
  • Create a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people.
  • Connect what students see in the real world to knowledge and understanding from the classroom and fieldwork
  • Deepen the understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes and the formation of landscapes and environments.