Curriculum Geography

At Worlaby Academy, we have developed an exciting geography curriculum which encourages children to evaluate the world around them and understand both physical and human elements of geography.

Our new curriculum has a renewed emphasis on locational and place knowledge, human and physical processes and some technical procedures, such as using grid references. We have incorporated a new commitment to fieldwork and the use of maps, as well as written communication.

"Thinking geographically offers a uniquely powerful way of seeing the world and making connections between scales, from the local to the global." Our children will investigate ideas around place, space and environment.

A place is a specific part of the Earth's surface that has been named and given meaning by people, although these meanings may differ. Places range in size from the home and locality to a major world region. They are interconnected with other places, often in complex ways. Places are unique, but do not have to be studied as if they were singular, for in seeking understanding and explanation geographers study general processes and look for similarities as well as differences.

Space in geography is the three-dimensional surface of the Earth. While historians study change over time, geographical study emphasises differences across space. This is of particular interest in understanding the rich diversity of environments, peoples, cultures and economies that exist together on the surface of the Earth.

The term environment means our living and non-living surroundings. The features of the environment can be classified as natural, managed, or constructed. However, we also recognise that these boundaries can be contested and are fuzzy: there is much interaction and cross-over. The concept of environment provides a powerful way of understanding, explaining and thinking about the world.

Our geography curriculum is based on the National Curriculum