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The aim and philosophy of the Geography Department at Sale Grammar School is to foster a love of Geography where all our students feel deep connePicture1ctions with people, places and the environment.

Our curriculum is both creative and ambitious, and is designed to enable all our students to progress and achieve academic excellence. A aphical education at Sale Grammar School provides all students with the ability to use their knowledge and understanding to shape and frame their own life experiences by gaining the cultural capital they need to succeed in life.

Our 6 Departmental Core Values

Powerful knowledge – Geography is a complicated and intricate discipline that spans both the natural and social sciences. Our students will develop mechanisms to think about the world; place, space, interdependence. We equip our students with powerful ways to analyse, explain and understand the world we live in. We want our students to have the confidence to believe in their own knowledge and understanding and to engage in issues on a local, regional and global scale.

Geo-capabilities – sophisticated geo-capabilities highlight the value and role of Geography in the development of human capabilities. Powerful knowledge alongside a unique skill set: investigative fieldwork, analytical capabilities, ICT skills, confident decision making, challenging debate and robust discussion, all contribute to help our students fulfil their potential both in school and in their life beyond Sale Grammar School.

Real skills for real life – knowledge of the world contributes strongly to our students’ general knowledge, promoting greater understanding of people, place, environment and geo-politics. We want to take our students beyond their own personal experiences and open up their eyes and minds to possibilities that they have not even yet considered.

Stewardship for the 21st century – we aim to equip our students with the knowledge and skills to become successful global citizens. They will develop a perspective and understanding to recognise both spatial and temporal change. They will understand that change occurs at a range of scales from extremely local, through to regional, national and global. The stewardship and responsibility for the future of our planet belongs to all of us.Picture2

Enjoyment, interest and challenge – through sequences of learning experiences, our students engage and identify their place and role in the world. Our curriculum builds on prior knowledge and also extends their experiences through challenging and interesting lessons. We aim to foster life-long learners of people, place and environment by extending students’ geographical understanding beyond the classroom.

Flexibility and independence – geographical ideas, concepts, theories and places all change over time. We aim to develop our students to embrace change with a flexible and independent approach to their studies. The breadth, balance, challenge and relevance of our geography curriculum will develop confident, responsible citizens who have the cultural capital to succeed in life and have the skills for future learning and employment.

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 7

In Year 7, students study the topics of: Why Geography?, Geography Skills, British Isles and Coasts, Rainforests and Glaciation.

Knowledge and understanding

  • Give detailed descriptions of features, places and processes
  • Give reasoned explanations
  • Understand the differences between physical and human processes and describe the ways in which these processes interact and lead to change
  • Recognise that different people will have differing viewpoints towards a geographical issue
  • Start to use geographical vocabulary with confidence
  • Start to explain their own views about geographical issues

Skills and application

  • Start to suggest geographical questions and suggest ways of finding out the answers e.g. design a questionnaire, record the data in a table
  • Use a wide range of map skills including direction, distance, grid references and photographs
  • Demonstrate sound decision making skills using evidence and data
  • Recognise that a geographical issue must be looked at from different points of view
  • Choose different techniques to present data
  • Interpret geographical evidence
  • Reach their own conclusions that fit the evidence
  • Present work well with good use of spelling, grammar and punctuation

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Year 8

In Year 8, students study the topics of: Weather and Climate, Changing World – Energy and Climate Change, Tectonics, Conflicts, Borders and the EU, South America and National Parks.

Knowledge and understanding

  • Show good knowledge of geographical places and locations
  • Show deepening knowledge and understanding of both physical and human processes and how they affect environments and place
  • Use a wide range of geographical vocabulary appropriately
  • Understand that people and places can be affected by actions and events, sometimes in other parts of the world
  • Identify links between different aspects of geography
  • Recognise that there are significant differences in standards of living and quality of life in different parts of the world
  • Recognise that people hold different values and attitudes towards geographical issues and these may influence decisions made about places
  • Group information into categories to show impacts

Skills and application

  • Ask geographical questions and plan independent enquiries
  • Recognise that a geographical issue may be represented by different points of view
  • Select and use accurately a wide range of presentation skills
  • Analyse and interpret geographical evidence
  • Evaluate different sources of evidence e.g. maps, photos, graphs, websites
  • Make informed decisions and draw conclusions about geographical questions and problems
  • Present thorough and well-argued summaries of enquiries
  • Present work carefully with a high level of accuracy of spelling, grammar and punctuation

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Year 9

In Year 9, students study the topics of: Africa, Antarctica and Cold Environments, Dark Tourism, Global Issues and Natural Disasters.

Knowledge and understanding

  • Show thorough knowledge of geographical places and locations
  • Demonstrate deep knowledge and understanding of both physical and human processes
  • Have extensive geographical vocabulary and be able to use terminology appropriately
  • Show clear understanding of relationships between both physical and human processes and how these affect places and environments
  • Show detailed links between topics
  • Account for inequalities in development and recognise the complexity of factors that contribute to differing standards of living and quality of life
  • Understand causes and consequences of geographical issues
  • Recognise different points of view and different approaches to tackling problems
  • Categorise and evaluate consequences

Skills and application

  • Show independence in identifying appropriate geographical questions and issues
  • Represent different points of view and perspectives
  • Critically evaluate, analyse and interpret a very wide range of geographical evidence
  • Use evidence to make judgments and draw conclusions about geographical questions and problems
  • Present full and coherent argued summaries of independent enquiries and reach substantiated conclusions

Progression Through Geography 

Our curriculum pathway is carefully sequenced to enable students to develop and refine the unique skill set that sets Geographers apart from other disciplines. The progression through our curriculum pathway present ideas which are complex, rigorous and empowering, enabling deeper thinking, critical thinking and an investigative approach. Geography is discipline which is constantly changing and evolving and we ensure that Geography at Sale Grammar School is current, relevant and related to the world that we live in.

Wider Learning Opportunities

KS3

Fieldwork

Year 7

Local fieldwork using the school grounds

Year 8

Local fieldwork – microclimate investigation

National Parks – limestone scenery and impact of tourism (Castleton)

 

KS3 Geography Club

 

 

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