Why study Geography?
Geography is a focus within the curriculum for understanding and resolving issues about the environment and sustainable development. It is also an important link between the natural and social sciences. As pupils study geography, they encounter different societies and cultures.
The main purpose of geography and geographers is to see and understand patterns in our world and to determine patterns. Geographers work in environmental managements, education, disaster response, city and county planning and much more. Geography itself is the study of place and space.
The five themes of Geography are: Location, Place, Human-Environment Interaction, Movement, and Region.
Geography in Thanet should be challenging, engaging and accessible for all pupils. Teaching should build on the skills previously taught to ensure progression not only across the year, but across their whole school careers.
Purpose of study
A high-quality geographical education should inspire in Thanet pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching here should equip pupils with knowledge about places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. At Thanet, pupils’ knowledge should grow about the world and therefore will help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes.
A high-quality Geography education will help our pupils stimulate the excitement, creativity and critical thinking about the world which will equip our young people to make their own way in it. Geography also helps to stimulate interest in their surroundings and in the variety of human and physical conditions on the Earth’s surface.
Within our Geography lessons we aim to provide all pupils with:
- An awareness of the wider world and a sense of place within it.
- An extensive base of geographical knowledge and vocabulary.
- Highly developed and frequently used fieldwork skills and other geographical skills and techniques, to include ICT skills, making and using maps and photographs.
- A respect for the environment and an understanding of the human impact upon it.
- A fluency in geographical enquiry and the ability to apply questioning skills and use effective analytical techniques.
Within our Geography lessons we aim to equip pupils in the geographical skills needed to:
- Collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes.
- Interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS).
- Communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.