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Brakenhale School


Head of Department: Miss D Bunkell

Curriculum Intent

The Geography curriculum is planned to 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. Students will investigate substantive human geographical concepts such as space and place, sustainability, urbanisation, globalisation, development, inequalities and relationships between people and place. Furthermore, they will study substantive physical geographical concepts of rivers, coasts, adaptations, weather formations, natural hazards and climate change. Within this the students will also develop key geographical skills used by geographers including collecting and analysing data, interpreting a range of geographical information, and communicating through maps, numerical and quantitative data and fieldwork.

By providing students with an in-depth knowledge of geography we intend to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Throughout Key Stage 3 students will study local and national geography, starting with Bracknell and the UK before studying the rest of Europe, North America, Asia, South America, Africa and the Middle East. We provide a broad range of opportunities to ignite curiosity, explore a range of topics and themes, discuss and question concepts to allow students to discover important skills and to develop an understanding of what is happening in the world around them. The transferable skills developed throughout their studies will enhance their understanding of the world they live in and will allow them to become well-rounded, global citizens.

The Key Stage 3 curriculum provides the context to support GCSE and A-Level Geography by providing broad and balanced knowledge.  Our curriculum encourages students to develop their geographical skills further through becoming critical thinkers, creating links, connections and ideas within and between the topic areas, applying their knowledge and their understanding, and developing their own opinions to make valued judgements.


Specification: Key Stage 4 & 5