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The study of Geography stimulates an interest in and a sense of wonder about places. It helps young people make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world. It explains where places are, how places and landscapes are formed, how people and their environment interact, and how a diverse range of economies, societies and environments are interconnected. It builds on pupils’ own experiences to investigate places at all scales, from the personal to the global.
Geographical enquiry encourages questioning, investigation and critical thinking about issues affecting the world and people’s lives, now and in the future. Fieldwork is an essential element of this. Pupils learn to think spatially and use maps, visual images and new technologies, including geographical information systems (GIS), to obtain, present and analyse information. Geography inspires pupils to become global citizens by exploring their own place in the world, their values and their responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet.
How families can help:
- Encourage them to watch and read the news (issues such as flooding, earthquakes and migration will all come up regularly);
- Engage them with maps, both paper maps and digital;
- Extra curricular clubs such as Scouts is an excellent way to reinforce geographical skills
- Educational trips to places such as the Thames Barrier, the Natural History Museum (especially the earthquake room) and to the countryside (Epping Forest / Loughton Brook).
Useful websites and resources:
- News websites, e.g. Channel 4 and BBC
- EGA YouTube channel
- BBC Bitesize KS3 Geography
- The Discovery Channel
- Google maps and street view
- OS Map Explorer 173 (North London)
- Oxfam Education website
- BBC documentary programmes
Kerboodle (online textbooks)
Please contact the Head of Geography, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you would like more information about the course.