The vision of the Geography department at Sherburn High School is to provide an engaging, inclusive and enriching curriculum that enables “Achievement for All” The curriculum aims to inspire pupils with curiosity and fascination of the complex interrelationships that exist in the dynamic and ever changing world in which we live. The curriculum has been designed with the students of Sherburn at the forefront ensuring that it is relevant, balanced, challenging, structured and reflective addressing a range of human and physical themes to enable our students to develop their understanding of the complex world in which we live.
The curriculum will equip our students with knowledge about diverse places, people and resources both in a past, present and future context. As pupils progress through the curriculum, their growing knowledge about the world should help them deepen their understanding of the interaction between human and physical processes, and the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Students will be given the opportunity to visit contrasting human and physical locations outside the classroom, deepening their understanding of geographical themes and developing their primary and secondary data collection skills.
They will be able to collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Our students will also be able to communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length. The curriculum is personalised for Sherburn High School students and we build the cultural capital of our students by helping them to understand the contemporary world around them.
Students learn about how political decisions can cause change in the world around them. They learn about the powerful economic forces around them that are bringing about changes to the way that will affect their future careers. Socially the students learn about how countries are at different stages of development and how the lives of people living there are very different. Geography also helps to explain the many environmental issues that are changing the world in which these students live and how to make sense of these effects.
As a powerful bridging subject geography has strong cross curricular links to many of the topics the students will study in school. The curriculum is designed to challenge pupils with real world issues from local to global scales and prepare them to be responsible global citizens and lifelong learners beyond Sherburn High School.