Geography curriculum at Brownhills Ormiston Academy
The department’s vision,
• For students to explore our world and all its interactions. Geography at Brownhills Ormiston Academy enables our learners to explore the world around them. Learners will develop an understanding of global issues such as migration, climate change and land management. At the same time, being able to understand about global places, countries, continents, ecosystems, and how they compare to each other. We develop a sense of place, and students will develop and awareness and appreciation on their impact on the planet as global citizens.
• To know that the world is different for both in the human and physical context. We make comparisons between deserts and rainforests, development differences between countries and students explore the impacts of natural disasters in areas of contrasting wealth.
• To deepen knowledge of Geographical issues and link to their own experiences. We encourage learners to take a responsible attitude towards the world and adopt a life-long learning approach to how our actions have a global impact on issues such as resource management, climate change and plastic waste. The Geography curriculum is consistently reviewed and developed to adjust to our ever changing world, this also develops the strengths and cultural capital in our learners.
• To provide engaging lessons that promote curiosity about the world. Our Geography curriculum is designed to be accessible and engaging for all learners, so they are able to be actively involved in the process of geography. We aim to develop effective and independent learners and inspire an enquiring mind to ensure that true progress is made and barriers to learning are removed.
• To support reading and developing numeracy and literacy skills within Geography. We plan into our curriculum ways to raise the standards in reading, literacy oracy and numeracy which will help the learner succeed in all areas of Geography and in a wider context. The Geography curriculum is designed to support our learners to make links across the curriculum between subjects to bring our learners to academic excellence.
Sequencing of lessons
We aim to build on a foundation of knowledge at KS2 to ensure the learning in Geography is progressive, robust and challenging. Geography will be a journey that starts in KS3 and evolves through to KS4.
In year 7 learners will begin by looking at Africa, the unit will explore location, physical and human aspects to the African continent and uses geographical skills. We then discover our own Island home, the UK. Here learners gain an insight to the remarkable physical and human landscapes of the UK, and link to their own personal experiences of their Island home in a local and national context. The spring term looks at coastal landscapes, and world cities. The final term explores contrasting ecosystems of rainforests and cold environments, and learners investigate how human activity can influence these places.
In year 8 topics of study focus on challenges to our world. We look at tectonic and climatic hazards, development of countries and how the development gap can be reduced. Learners will then investigate Russia, a unit that allows our students to look at physical, cultural and human concepts of this nation and compare to our own lifestyles and environment. In the final term we look at climate change and how and why we can adopt more sustainable practices.
When students enter KS4 they begin GCSE studies in Geography. This will consist of 3 units: Physical aspects of Geography, including natural hazards, rivers and coasts and ecosystems. Human Geography which consists of urban challenges around the world, development and how to reduce the development gap and resource management. The final unit involves a decision-making exercise where students link their human and physical knowledge of Geography and complete geographical skills and
in Geography develops their knowledge further with strategic planning to ensure students are aware what they are learning and when and how the learning will be checked. Before the begin their learning journey at Brownhills Ormiston Academy baseline assessments used in lesson 1 of year 7 to establish ability from KS2, as students from different feeder schools will have different starting points in Geography. Asking students to demonstrate their understanding of Geographical topics covered is critical to the learning journey of students. Learners will receive regular and well-planned formative assessments. Lessons will begin with a recall activity so learners will always have the opportunity to address misconceptions and embed their learning. Peer and self-assessments are built into the learning journey and schemes of learning. At the end of each unit or topic covered in Geography students will sit a formal summative assessment. Here, the focus is on the learner’s ability to recall and apply their knowledge to geographical questions on the most recent topic of study alongside topics previously taught. After each assessment students complete a “response to marking” section. This ensures that pupils evaluate their own strengths and areas for improvement and mastery tasks are provided.
Curriculum in action