At Brakenhale we have a well-planned and well-taught 7 year geography curriculum which gives the students the foundations they need to go on and succeed at A Level Geography; such as geographical skills, knowledge and an understanding of a range of topics.
In Key Stage (KS)3 students are given an ambitious and rich curriculum which is well sequenced through a spiral curriculum rather than stand-alone topics being taught. This way of teaching allows students to revisit themes throughout KS3 in different locations in the world, building on complexity each time the theme is re-visited. Throughout KS3, KS4 and KS5 students thoroughly investigate a number of concepts. These include space and place, sustainability, systems, globalisation, development, inequalities and relationships between people and place encapsulating both the geography of the UK and the rest of the world. A key element within Geography is fieldwork which is undertaken within the school grounds and beyond the school across all key stages.
The KS3 curriculum is well balanced and goes beyond the national curriculum to equip the students with the skills and knowledge needed to provide a secure foundation for KS4 and KS5. We provide a broad range of opportunities to ignite curiosity, explore a range of topics and themes, discuss and question themes to allow students to discover important skills and to develop an understanding of what is happening in the world around them.
It is important that students who do not choose to continue to study Geography at GCSE or A level have developed and enhanced their understanding of the world they live in to become well rounded citizens. This is so that they can contribute as global citizens fully participating in all elements of society by being well informed.
For students who do choose to go on to study GCSE and A level Geography, their knowledge is enhanced and there is more of a focus on the depth of knowledge and exam content. Students are encouraged to develop their Geographical skills further though becoming critical thinkers, creating links, connections and ideas within the topic areas, applying their knowledge and their understanding, developing their own opinions as well as valued judgements.
These are fundamental skills, which will support students to become independent learners as they become both adaptable and resilient through their time at Brakenhale. The skills learned through studying Geography are highly transferrable and can be applied in a range of situations in their future lives.
Overall, it is intended to help create a lifelong love of geography by providing learners with an interest in different places, people and environments and enabling students to make informed decisions about the world they live in.