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Geography provokes and answers questions about the natural and human worlds, using different scales of enquiry to view them from different perspectives. It develops knowledge of places and environments throughout the world, an understanding of maps, and a range of investigative and problem-solving skills both inside and outside the classroom. As such, it prepares pupils for adult life and employment. Geography is a focus within the curriculum for understanding and resolving issues about the environment and sustainable development. It is also an important link between the natural and social sciences. As pupils study geography, they encounter different societies and cultures. This helps them realise how nations rely on each other. It can inspire them to think about their own place in the world, their values, and their rights and responsibilities to other people and the environment.  

"What is our knowledge worth if we know nothing about the world that sustains us, nothing about natural systems and climate, nothing about other countries and cultures?" -  (Jonathon Porritt, Forum for the Future)

Our Aims
Throughout our Geography Curriculum at Ashcombe, all pupils will:
  • enjoy studying the World around them
  • develop their knowledge and understanding of places in local, regional, national, international and global contexts
  • develop knowledge and understanding of the physical elements of geography, including weather and climate, water forms (oceans, rivers, lakes), landforms (valleys, mountains, plains, hills), animal and plant life
  • develop their knowledge and understanding of human geography by looking at populations, settlements e.g. Romans
  • understand the World and the part that natural resources play (rocks, soil, minerals, plants, animals, weather) and the possibilities of protecting and managing environments
  • develop an awareness of the environment and the environmental issues within it (Eco and Forest Schools)
  • develop practical skills in the use of resources (maps, atlases, compasses) and will be able to apply these skills when applicable with confidence and understanding
  • be given the opportunity to stimulate their enquiring, curious minds

´╗┐Geography is taught throughout the year as part of our creative curriculum and is focussed upon during the year group’s geography topic.