Geography isn’t just about colouring maps neatly and knowing the capital of Mongolia. We live in an increasingly integrated world where the actions of people in one place - for example through burning fossil fuels or deforestation - can have an impact on others many thousands of miles away. The integration of our human world continues to affect the hugely complex physical world in ways that we are only just beginning to understand. Our aim in the Turton Geography department is to give our students the foundational knowledge to begin to understand the building blocks of their world. We aim for them to grasp and comprehend the complexity of issues and so have the capacity to make informed interpretations of physical features and processes and global events – both now and in the future.
In Key Stage 3 we begin with basic geographical understanding of important human and physical processes affecting Britain and the key skills needed to interpret them. By Year 8 we add complexity moving from the ecosystems of Britain to the ecosystems of Africa, from the energy demands of Britain to the development needs of other nations. By Year 9 we are building on this knowledge to interpret the impact of hazards, the threats to our environment and causes of global conflicts. Through this journey we will not only be deepening students’ knowledge but equipping them with the critical tools to understand the causes and effects of our actions - and teach them the skills to express their ideas with both clarity and flair.
Throughout Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 we provide opportunities for learning outside of the classroom in fieldtrips to a variety of locations in Britain. We believe that a real ‘hands-on’ experience of our environments is essential in expanding our student’s understanding, and appreciation, of the country in which they live. In the GCSE and A Level years we have chosen exam specifications which will continue to broaden the knowledge base of our students and allow them to access geography courses at university - or , if they wish, to simply continue on their journey of discovery about our fascinating, dynamic and fragile planet.
Oh, and by the way, the capital of Mongolia is Ulaanbaatar.
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