“Geography underpins a lifelong conversation about the earth as the home of humankind.”
The Geography Department at the Skegness Academy is fully committed to providing all students with a high quality, ambitious curriculum. This is essential in order to create an equity of opportunity for our pupils. We aim to ensure that learning is bespoke to the needs of our learners and demonstrates a strong understanding about the specific requirements needed to succeed.
"The study of geography is about more than just memorizing places on a map. It's about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents. And in the end, it's about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together." Barack Obama
A high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.
We believe that it is vital for all our pupils to develop:
- The appropriate subject specific knowledge, skills and understanding as set out in the National Curriculum and beyond, so that pupils can flourish, reach and exceed their potential.
- A holistic set of values that prepares them for life in the modern world in a diverse and ever changing community and work place.
- The behaviours learners need to succeed in the world such as concentration, perseverance, imagination, co-operation, the enjoyment of learning, self-improvement and curiosity.
- And to have developed the social skills to understand society, build a personal morality, and to engage in the culture they live in and understand the cultures of others.
We have used the National Curriculum, as a starting point, but as a department we are focused upon learners being exposed to quality experiences and need to develop independent thinking. Fieldwork both in and out of school alongside visits allow learners even greater opportunities to develop their geographical thinking and see the subject within real world environments.