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  • Cousins Library

Geography explains the past, illuminates the present and prepares us for the future.  The core values of our Geography course at Gosforth Academy are to inspire a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with students for the rest of their lives.  Through engaging and contemporary case studies at a range of scales, students are equipped with knowledge about diverse places, people and environments together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. We believe strongly in the value of studying Geography as part of a broad and worthwhile curriculum, as it develops global citizens of the 21st century with socially responsible and informed attitudes.  Our Geographers go out into the world equipped with the knowledge of key concepts and the skills to be able to help change the world for the better!

We aim to instil students with an excellent understanding of topical global issues such as migration, climate change and geopolitics.  The core knowledge which is developed in Geography is based on the interrelationships between people and the natural environment – how the world works.  At the heart of our approach to learning is that students appreciate the relevance of the subject and understand their own impact and involvement in the world.  They are challenged from the first topic in Year 9 to consider their own sense of identity and place in the world by studying places at a variety of scales with in-depth studies on their local area, as well as understanding topical issues surrounding our place within Europe.  They then move on to a global scale where students study a range of countries at varying levels of development, gaining an appreciation of social, cultural, economic and environmental differences and interconnections, as well as how to manage issues sustainably.  As pupils progress through the course, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of differences between places and people, encouraging core values such as tolerance, empathy and an appreciation of diversity.

Due the dynamic nature of Geography there are endless opportunities for students to connect with the subject, making it directly relevant to their lives. Through tackling concepts and issues in an engaging way we aim to not only improve their understanding of the world around them with core geographical knowledge but develop skills such as literacy, numeracy and oracy which will equip them for life after school.

We strongly believe in giving students the opportunities to experience real life Geography outside the classroom, making connections between theory and place.  Through geographical enquiry students are taught skills for life such as problem solving, practical techniques and statistics as well as character education virtues such as persistence, teamwork and creativity. Students are given a number of fieldwork opportunities at both GCSE and A-level, fostering a curiosity about the world.  Students are encouraged to investigate key issues, thinking critically and assessing evidence, developing abilities that are sought after by higher education institutions and employers alike.  Therefore, not only does the study of Geography help students to become responsible global citizens who understand how people and environments interact, the plethora of skills developed through the subject greatly enhances student opportunities in the future for employment or further study.  Having a geography qualification can be advantageous when applying for jobs in a variety of sectors, including environment and sustainability, education, commerce, the public sector, transport and tourism.