Our curriculum intent applies to all our young people, regardless of background, gender, sexual orientation or ability. As a school, and department, we are absolutely committed that the opportunities we plan for and implement ensure that each student can reach and exceed their potential.
Our young people will develop a life-long love of learning of Geography through the study of a wide range of physical and human landscapes, processes and the interaction between these at a range of geographical scales and through expert delivery in Geography lessons.
All students at Wyvern Academy are, without exception, entitled to a world class geographical education that is holistic, ambitious and aspirational by covering different aspects of the subject and to open the world to them through the love of Geography.
It is vital that we prepare our young people so that they are empowered to become engaged positive and respectful members of society through a dedicated focus on developing them as professional learners and developing a deep understanding of the world around them, current geographical issues, the relevance of these issues to young people (e.g. climate change) and how young people can respond individually and collectively to these geographical issues.
Literacy and numeracy skills are fed through our curriculum allowing pupils to focus on the precise technical language and skills needed to make sense and interact with the numerous case studies we study.
We are responsible for ensuring our young people are confident to pursue ambitious next steps in geographical education, employment or training which will support their future careers through introducing careers related to geography, the importance of the wide range of transferrable skills that are used in geography and how these can be used by young people in their future learning or career.
Knowledge and skills:
Through our curriculum, students:
- Build geographical knowledge and understand of how geographical concepts and skills link between topics in Geography such as the interactions between the physical and human environments. To understand the links to other subjects such as the mathematical skills and applications in Geography, links to Business Studies in terms of different employment sectors and trade patterns, links to Travel and tourism, such the impact on places, people and environments and within Science, through topics such as ecosystems.
- Develop confidence in communication skills and have opportunities to critically question and debate through evaluating geographical issues and considering different viewpoints on the big questions such as migration, environmental issues and sustainable management of issues from the local to global scale.
- Develop a love of reading and the skills to read fluently, having opportunity to explore wider significant and exclusive texts in Geography
- Learn to self-regulate and work independently as well as collaboratively in Geography such as through undertaking of Geographical enquiry and investigating issues through fieldwork.
- Learn about the world around them through developing concepts of place, space and environment at a range of scales and studying issues such as interdependence, cultural diversity, globalisation, environmental issues and sustainable development. These include the historical contexts and how these have impacted on people and places such as the role of plate tectonics in creating current hazards and landforms and the impact of colonialism and historical trade patterns and levels of development on different countries.
- Will have the opportunity for deep Geographical thinking and to get into their ‘flow’ for example in decision making exercises which allow for deeper thinking around a topic, considering the impact on different stakeholders e.g. types of coastal or river management or the impact of a new transport development.
- Develop strong mathematical fluency through the application and interpretation of numerical, graphical and statistical skills when using Geographical data.
- Develop pupils long term learning through the Keys to success aspect of the curriculum as a tool for creating excellence in skills which are transferable to the wider curriculum and the world of work