"We face irreversible damage to the natural world and the collapse of our societies. In the 20 years since I first started talking about the impact of climate change on our world, conditions have changed far faster than I ever imagined." - Sir David Attenborough
Subject Leader for Humanities
At The Mandeville School we explore all the key aspects of geography that are fascinating, yet so troubling in our lives today. By studying geography our students will explore not only the topics included in the national curriculum and exam board, but also how they - our next generation - might make a difference to help overcome these challenges.
Geography is the study of local, national and international links between people and their environment. It helps us make sense of our world. Our geographers will develop critical thinking skills and be able to ask geographical questions to understand the world they live in, for example about cause and effect, or links between events and changes over time.
The geography curriculum supports our school's aim of ‘Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow’. We spend time looking at the current issues through media footage and articles, providing students with opportunities to understand not only what is happening, but why. Teachers integrate this feature into lessons and build discussion about causes, responses and impacts of recent geographical events. As teachers we want to provide the students with knowledge upon which they can take action and therefore become influencers of change, with some students aspiring to be leaders of change in their generation.
Our curriculum equips students with the skills and understanding ready for study of geography at Key Stage 4 and 5. This is supported through studying environmental issues such as climate change and linking topics to sustainable development facilitating them to expand their understanding of what it means to be a ‘global citizen’. We want children to enjoy and love learning about geography as a whole and by balancing and exploring links between human and physical geography across all years of the curriculum, students gain a unique perspective of the world.
Students are gaining knowledge and skills not just through experiences in the classroom, but also with the use of fieldwork and educational visits. Students have visited Kew Gardens to understand ecosystems and have experienced field work at the Amersham Field Study Centre. This learning is continued through homework which explores topics taught in the classroom and requires them to expand their knowledge and skills of research.
This year we have reflected on the topics we teach through Key Stage 3 and 4. The department has invested in new textbooks to support learning as the new publications offer up-to-date data and information. We have also redesigned the transition between Key Stage 3 and 4 to support students' learning and their long-term preparations for GCSE.
The Geography Department looks forward to re-establishing a Key Stage 5 course. We would like to utilise our teacher expertise by introducing new topics such as glaciation.
Students will have opportunities throughout the year to participate in a series of events that will help deepen their understanding and develop even more skills for their futures outside of Mandeville. We will be encouraging students to take on new challenges and raise the profile of geography in the school by being inspirational leaders and valuable contributors to the school’s ethos.
Here you can find the curriculum maps for Geography for the academic year 2019-20. This is subject to change as we move through the year, especially the Year 11 sections. As we approach the final exams the topics revised will be based on the needs of the students and therefore cannot be set at this stage.
Key Stage 3
- About the UK
- In the Horn of Africa
- Field work
- Weather and climate
- Our restless planet
- International development
- Field work
Key Stage 4
Key Stage 5
All information is subject to change
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