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Geography is a wide-ranging hybrid discipline that spans both the natural and social sciences. Pupils develop new ways of thinking about the world using synoptic concepts such as place, space and interconnection. Our curriculum is based on developing fervour and enthusiasm for Geography through the development of subject Disciplinary and substantive skills. This set of skills that the students acquire will be transferable across not only the humanities subjects but the wider school with the intent of enabling the students to the most employable students in Corby. These skills are developed that encourage pupils to analyse, understand and explain the physical and human processes that shape the world, and we aim to embed a deep geographical and locational knowledge. We encourage pupils to follow and participate in debates around significant local, national, and global issues and to weave their learning with their own unique and innate experience of the world to develop active citizens in an emerging global community. We intend to lay the foundations of a secure knowledge base whilst embedding the skills required for all students to be successful at AQA GCSE Geography via an ambitious redevelopment of our KS3. We aim to teach a 3-year spiral KS3 curriculum that explore key themes across all three years with logically sequenced topics contrasting human and physical geography in each year group, feeding into our KS4 curriculum.  Homework will have a two-fold approach in KS3, one of which will encourage students to engage with current affairs whether that is them studying a  recent world event or reading an article on the latest topic. The other approach will be to test bi-weekly via a multiple choice quiz online where students are able to track their progress. In doing so they develop independence, being more resilient, hopefully constantly looking to improve on their most recent result.

Our emphasis in the next two years is to become evangelical about current global such as the challenge of inequality, expanding world population, climate change, plastic pollution, environmental degradation, and resource availability. Curriculum has not been designed to simply be isolated topics that are to give students a simplistic overview of the world, it is designed to provide building blocks for students too not only retain it in their long-term memory but to form a considered and deep understanding of human and physical processes. Our aim is that as a consequence, we are able to close any gaps in knowledge that may exist. We seek to weave the strands of these issues throughout our scheme of work to provide pupils with a thorough and sensitive understanding for the challenges that are likely to be present for their generation and beyond. We will achieve this by creating a spiral curriculum in terms of key themes. Each year group however will have topics sequenced so that we aim to foster a sense of global environmental citizenship and again is matched by a GCSE specification that shares this ambition. Our curriculum is structured to provide pupils with substantive and then disciplinary geographical knowledge around issues of development and inequality, moving into embedding geographical skills.

At KS4, students study AQA (8035) GCSE Geography.

Careers links

A qualification in Geography may lead to careers in;

  • Oceanographer/Volcanology
  • Lawyer/Police Officer
  • Geologist/Metallurgy
  • Town Planning/RTPI          
  • Landscape Gardening/Tree Surgeon
  • GIS (Geographical Information Systems) Officer
  • Emergency planning/ overseas aid