The Department of Geography strives to equip students with essential skills to be able to go out into the world as confident, informed and responsible citizens with the knowledge required to create a sustainable future in local, national and global contexts. Geography itself refers to writing about the world, and has its origins in Ancient Greek (geo meaning earth and graphy meaning to write).
In geography, students will engage in a quest to understand how the earth and its resources interact, whilst applying these ideas to a broad and balanced range of geographical case studies. Lessons at Armfield Academy will encompass a range of styles with students being transported to other parts of the world as passport control in Thailand or as researchers in the Amazon rainforest, for example. Geography seeks to understand where things are found, why they are there, and how they develop and change over time. Students will also explore technological advances within field settings and hone their ability to apply this knowledge to a wide range of contexts both within geography and across the whole-school curriculum.
During their Key Stage 3 journey, students will develop their ability to question and analyse their immediate surroundings (such as the close proximity of the coast) and establish links between their own human and physical environments. All lessons will encourage students to access higher-level thinking skills and decision making which will help to prepare for the rigour of Key Stage 4 and beyond. Geography will challenge students to become well-rounded individuals who are able to consider different points of view with empathy and understanding at a crucial time in the world’s continued development and evolution. By the end of their learning journey in geography, students will be able to explain and understand natural and social worlds and how these may influence them in the future (M. Enser, Powerful Geography, 2021). At all times, students will be challenged to speak, write and communicate as geographers, incorporating tier 2 and tier 3 vocabulary with accuracy and consistency.
The structured and sequential learning journey of students in geography, alongside the high expectations of staff within the department, will ignite their inner passion and inspire their ability to make lasting and permanent change for future generations. All students will be encouraged to become reflective and responsible global citizens with an awareness of place and space in relation to the rapidly evolving world around them. In this way, geography aims to empower students to ‘go beyond the limits of their personal experience’ (M. Enser, Powerful Geography, 2021) in order to achieve this.
“The study of Geography is about more than just memorising places on a map. It is about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exist across continents. And in the end, it's about using all of this knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together.” Barack Obama.