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We hope to inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and the people that live in it. Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments. Pupils will investigate a range of places – from both familiar and unfamiliar contexts – to help develop their knowledge of the Earth’s physical and human processes. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.

Geography lessons at Lacon Childe play a vital role in helping pupils recognise their responsibilities as citizens of the global community. Lessons hope to equip students with the skills required to make informed decisions and take responsible actions. Geography lessons will allow pupils to explore the world’s interconnections and engage students with global issues. Developing empathy and compassion of different cultures supports pupils in embracing and celebrating diversity.

While human and physical geography are separated at KS4 examinations, they are intrinsically linked, and we bring these themes together. Geography students will show their understanding not only through writing, but also verbally and developing confidence to offer alternative views. This helps prepare them in their future lives and supports them in valuing and challenging the opinions of others. Finally, our students need to go into assessments and examinations with confidence, so we develop strong exam technique and revision strategies that aid exam success.

Programme of Study

Key Stage 3 

Geography is allocated 3 hours a fortnight at Key Stage 3 and is taught in mixed ability groups. The topics selected cover a range of physical, human and environmental issues, as well as geographical skills. The Key Stage 3 curriculum seeks to provide the necessary skills and knowledge to enable successful transition to GCSE Geography.

Key Stage 4

Geography is allocated 5 hours a fortnight at Key Stage 4 and is taught in mixed ability groups. The subject is a popular choice at GCSE level and we follow the AQA GCSE Geography specification A syllabus. This specification covers global issues as well as UK based case studies to examine the relationship between the man-made and the natural world. The specification provides a well-rounded range of skills and experience to progress onto A Level.

During Year 10 pupils have the opportunity to take part in two fieldwork activities as part of their exam course. The physical fieldwork takes place in Carding Mill Valley and is a river investigation. The human fieldwork takes place in Ludlow or Cleobury Mortimer and is a town investigation.