Why study Geography at Fareham Academy?
Fragile Planet Earth is our home. We all live our lives geographically. Our world is enormous, awesome, diverse, inspiring and ever changing and facing serious challenges. Studying geography invites our students to participate more fully in the excitement, enjoyment and challenge of this dynamic world. Currently the geographical footprint of many of our students in Fareham is not yet fully explored. Through studying geography, our students begin to appreciate how places and landscapes are formed, how people and environments interact, what consequences arise from our everyday decisions, and what a diverse range of cultures and societies exist and interconnect. It draws on personal experience, to help us better understand the place we live in (The Solent), why this matters and how we are connected to a globalised world.
Through geography, our students learn to value and care for the planet and all its inhabitants. Geography is a subject which builds on our young people’s own experiences, helping them to formulate questions, develop their intellectual skills and find answers to issues affecting their lives. Geography helps us investigate and to think critically and creatively about the complexities of places, and different views and feelings relating to places. Fieldwork and outdoor education are essential to geography, helping develop significant skills with a strong emphasis on utilising maps and visual images. These transferable geographical skills help to equip our students for lifelong learning as responsible global citizens.
Geography: A curriculum resource par excellence
Geography is for everyone. Geography’s place in the curriculum is threefold: it fascinates and inspires, it serves vital education goals and it creates skillful and employable pupils in the Solent Area and beyond.
Geography and Young People
Geography draws on the experiences and ideas of our pupils, and the curriculum is created with this in mind.
Thinking geographically ‘is a uniquely powerful way of seeing the world’ (Jackson, 2009)*. ‘Thinking geographically is not everyday thinking. Geography’s big ideas which literally change the way we see the world, are for example, the meaning of place, the significance of scale (local, regional, national, international, global), sustainable development, interdependence and diversity. (Geographical Association, 2012)**.
Geography and the ‘real world’
Fieldwork is an essential part of learning ‘real world’ geography outside of the classroom. The experiences of undertaking the work and the memories that pupils make are just as important as the geography itself that is covered.
Geography is ‘directly relevant to people’s lives and the world of work’ (Geographical Association, 2009)***. Geography is the most relevant and exciting topic of the 21st century. By focusing on change and concentrating on ‘big ideas’ such as sustainable development, geography is best placed to enable students to think critically about their lives and the world around them.
*Jackson, P. (2006) ‘Thinking Geographically’, Geography, 91(3), 199-204
**Geographical Association (2012) Thinking geographically [Online] Available www.geography.org.uk/…/GA_GINCConsultation12ThinkingGeographically
***Geographical Association (2009) A Different View