Geography helps to prepare our students for British life by exploring the physical and man-made environment of Britain. Students also explore the human impact upon the environment and how we and voluntary groups can protect the environment.
In Geography, at Bilbrook CE Middle, we intend to create assured Geographers who foster a curiosity and a fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching will equip pupils with knowledge of diverse places, people, resources and the natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.
The programme of Geography at Bilbrook CE Middle School follows the National Curriculum and the intention is that as pupil’s progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and the formation of landscapes and environments. Pupil’s geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the framework and approaches explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.
Children are given opportunities to work both independently and as part of a team tackling geographical issues and tasks building resilience and problem-solving skills. Children are regularly given the opportunity to complete tasks which require them to apply their geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to their work.
The implementation of the Geography curriculum is underpinned through the use of fieldwork and the use of geographical information sources including: OS maps, atlases, GIS (Geographical Information systems) and photographs. Pupils are given the opportunity to communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length. All new learning is modelled by the teacher. Each lesson challenges children to recall geographical knowledge, to make clear links with prior knowledge and apply their new learning in context.
The impact is that children leave Bilbrook CE Middle School as confident geographers with the knowledge and skills required for the next stage of their education, and indeed, life.