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Subject: Geography

Faculty Leader: Mr A Hardy

Deputy Faculty Leader: Mr A Wall   


School Mission

'As a Catholic school, our mission is to show love through our respect for others.  We value our God-given gifts, talents and abilities. Our aim is to bring out the best in everyone, within a safe and happy environment.  Everyone should know that we are followers of God by what we do, not just by what we say .'

Faculty Vision

"The aim of the Humanities Faculty is to open the eyes of our pupils to events in the present and past so that they are fully prepared for the future."

Inspirational Quote

'The study of geography is about more than just memorising places on a map.  It's about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents.  And in the end, it's about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together.'

Barack Obama

Curriculum Intent

The rationale of the current geography curriculum at The Barlow Roman Catholic High School is:

  • To inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.
  • To equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth's key physical and human processes.
  • To develop understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments.
  • To provide the framework and approaches that explain how the Earth's features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.
  • To develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places - both terrestrial and marine.

To develop competency in the geographical skills needed to:

  • Collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork.
  • 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 .

KS4 Course Rationale

Eduqas GCSE (9-1) Geography A

  • The qualification allows for a wide breadth of study, covering a range of geographical issues on a local, regional, national and global scale. The use of real examples is left open rather than prescribed so that we can select examples that are relevant and up-to-date. The modules offer a good balance of physical and human geography, with assessment seeming 'holistic' relying on literacy skills, numeracy skills and geographical skills.
  • Assessment of the teams' expertise and historical use of Eduqas led to a foundational knowledge of the specification.
  • Question style on assessment materials is more accessible for cohorts with lower literacy ability.

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