Our Geography Subject Manual contains a detailed overview of our curriculum.
Geography at Sidegate aims to nurture and encourage the natural curiosity and wonder within our pupils. It allows them to become inquisitive, questioning learners who look closely at the complex world around them and begin to interpret what they see. Geography at Sidegate motivates and inspires pupils to find out about the world we live in, including its physical and human aspects, so that they can play an active role towards contributing to and protecting the planet in the future.
Underpinning the aims of our geography curriculum are our curriculum drivers. Through Geography pupils develop their knowledge of the world by studying countries and learning about the similarities and differences between their own immediate environment, other parts of the United Kingdom and other countries. Pupils build upon their personal geography by developing locational and place knowledge and exploring the human and physical geography through fieldwork within their immediate locality. As they progress, pupils move onto examining the national and international world, becoming global citizens by exploring their place in the world, their values and responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet, contributing to an ever deepening sense of community.
The teaching and delivery of geography fosters the development of enquiry, problem-solving and investigation skills, whilst simultaneously providing creative, purposeful ways of presenting work and findings, applying Maths and English skills in new contexts. Geographical enquiry encourages pupils to explore and develop resilience, positively impacting their well being. Pupil’s well being is also enhanced by the amount of time Geography is taught outdoors. Pupils are expected to communicate utilising appropriate geographical vocabulary to clearly articulate their thoughts and opinions when developing a sense of place. Pupils are given many opportunities to broaden their understanding through real-life experiences, both inside and outside of school, such as educational visits, educational visitors, fieldwork, exploration and discovery; these enriching experiences deepen pupils' understanding of the world around them whilst driving ambition and developing aspiration.