The intent of the Geography curriculum at St Luke’s C of E School is to enable students to understand the physical and human processes at play around them in order to make informed decisions that will improve the future. We want students to be able to live life to the full through:
- Understanding and showing respect to others by understanding the way that people live in different countries.
- Showing respect to their environment, surroundings, and community.
- Taking responsibility to make decisions that will lead to a more sustainable future.
- Being respectful to the differing opinions of other people in the classroom and around the world.
- Being inclusive by understanding and respecting both sides of every issue both local and worldwide.
- Giving hope to the people and communities around the world that are struggling by understanding the role of charities.
- Using their geography skills to achieve their best in whatever they choose to do.
The intent of our curriculum is implemented through:
Quality first teaching, including:
- Teachers being passionate about Geography, provoking curiosity and a desire to investigate physical and human environments.
- Regular application tasks in lessons.
- Modelling and other strategies being used effectively to enable students to write extended and well-supported written explanations.
- Teachers giving timely and effective feedback, which enables students to make improvements.
- Teachers referring to current news or use engaging stories in order to provoke interest in the core curriculum. They refer to big questions and themes in order to encourage students to think about the big picture and encourage spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Clearly structured and sequenced planning that includes:
- Fieldwork that links to learning in the classroom, enabling students to apply skills and learn how to conduct geographical research and investigations.
- Topics already covered in class being included in Do Now quizzes to interleave content and recap past learning.
- An assessment at the end of each cycle. In yr 7-9 this is in the form of a mini-exam paper. In yr 9-11 this is in the form of a section of or a full past exam paper.
The impact of our curriculum will be:
- A positive progress 8 score.
- The % of students who achieve 9-4 is above national average.
- Students have a good overview of both physical and human geography.
- A number of students go on to study Geography at A Level.
- Students can articulate the reason that they study Geography.
- A high % of students enjoy studying History.
- Students demonstrate an awareness of their actions on the physical environment and other people.
- Students demonstrate an understanding of issues facing humans, such as climate change, and a desire to raise awareness and help solve these problems.
- Students demonstrate respect for people from backgrounds different to themselves and are willing to listen to other people’s points of view.
- Students demonstrate an awareness of global poverty and a desire to help eradicate it.
The big questions
The big questions posed by our curriculum are:
- Ecosystems – why is there so much variety in the natural world? How can we protect it?
- Coasts/Rivers – how can something as soft as water shape something as hard as rocks?
- Hazards – how can weather and tectonic hazards be inflicted upon us by a loving God?
- Climate Change – is global warming the biggest challenge of our times? How can humanity rise up to meet this challenge?
- Superpowers – are the superpower countries of the world causing more harm than good?
- Hot/Cold Environments – should Earth’s wild places that are too hot or cold for human habitation be protected from economic exploitation?
- Urbanisation – as human population rises rapidly, can megacities be the answer?
- Globalisation/Trade – to what extent are rich countries taking advantage of poor countries in our ever globalising world?
- Development – to what extent MUST rich, developed countries help poor countries develop?
- Resources – how can our planet continue to supply the resources we humans need/want when consumerism has gone unchecked?
- Population/Migration – should people have the right to reproduce and migrate without constraints?
5 Year Plan
St Luke’s is a wonderful place.
A school full of staff who are dedicated to improving the life chances of every student that attends the school.
Kealey Sherwood, Headteacher