"The world belongs to me because I understand it" - Honore de Balzac
At RHA, the geography department aims to develop skills in literacy, numeracy and oracy through the study of both human and physical geography. This is done through learning about world in which we live along with an understanding of different cultures and beliefs. The use of texts, documentaries, images and fieldwork all contribute to a rounded curriculum that allows students to strive.
The intent of our geography curriculum is to create a positive climate in which students are given a variety of opportunities to achieve excellence.
The Key Stage 3 curriculum follows the National Curriculum programme of study. Our curriculum has a range of topic areas to fulfil the national curriculum requirements but still incorporate time to explore current issues in the news both for physical and human geography. The focus of year 7 and 8 geography involves the study of places at both regional, national and global scale. Our curriculum inspires students to become �global citizens� by exploring their own place in the world, their values and their responsibilities to other people. Students at RHA learn how their lives could affect people on the other side of the world. At the end of KS3, students should possess the ability to make geographical decisions about the way they lead their life.
In geography, we have 2 focuses across every year group. The first, is the responsibility we all have to look after our planet. Now, more than ever, it is vital that we understand the damage that has been caused and more importantly, how we can repair it. Students will learn about how this can be done at home, within the community and in the wider world. The concept of looking after our planet links to all topics that we study and is particularly relevant to our young people and their generation. For each topic, there are associated case studies and these ensure that every student learns about a diverse range of countries and beliefs. This also inspires them to visit new places and have ambitious travel goals. Learning about different cultures ensures students develop skills that will undoubtedly help them in many future careers and will help them to become empathetic individuals. Fieldwork is an integral part of the geography curriculum that allows students to experience the area beyond where they live.