Curriculum Statement - Geography

‘The world as we know it is not ‘given’ and it can and it will change.’ – Lambert et al.

Powerful Knowledge in Geography

  • Provides new ways of thinking/transforms how our students see the world
  • Helps our students to explain and understand the physical and human processes shaping the world
  • Gives them power over what they know
  • Means that students can join in conversations and debates
  • Gives them knowledge and understanding of places and the features that make them unique, but also those things they have in common
  • Develops procedural knowledge that enables students to interrogate geographical claims or claims about geographical issues


Curriculum Features

The aim of the Laurus Trust geography curriculum is to inspire all students, regardless of background or circumstance, to become confident, self-assured and globally-informed citizens who are able to engage in lifelong conversations about the world.

The geography curriculum not only aims to develop extensive substantive knowledge of a wide range of places, environments and features, but also develop the procedural knowledge essential for students to understand and interrogate geographical claims about the world around them.

Our curriculum will enable students to understand how the world was shaped and how it continues to be shaped by human and physical processes. As the curriculum progresses, students will develop their ability to explain the interdependence between these processes and their influences on changes in physical and human environments.

The geography curriculum seeks to find the answers to challenging enquiry questions through developing students’ ability to think geographically. Our students will learn how to identify and explore alternative perspectives on contemporary geographical debates and think critically to challenge assumptions and stereotypes.

It is increasingly important that our students’ experience of geography in The Laurus Trust takes them beyond the limits of their own personal experience and helps them to develop an awareness of their own place in the world, their impacts on it and how its future will be shaped by the next generations.


Co-curriculum Features

To develop students’ geographical knowledge further, the Geography department offers a range of opportunities and experiences outside of the classroom. At Key Stage 3, students take part in local fieldwork including studying the factors influencing micro-climates, the characteristics of a local river and the impact upon place after urban regeneration at Salford Quays. This fieldwork promotes geographical knowledge and understanding by bridging the divide between the classroom and the real world. At Key Stage 4, students will visit the coastal town of Cleveleys in which they will study the processes and management that shape the coastline. They will also have a fantastic opportunity to travel overseas to the Bay of Naples, Italy where they will witness the spectacular coastal scenery on the island of Capri whilst also visiting Mount Vesuvius and the ancient city of Pompeii. 

At KS5, students will complete four days of human and physical fieldwork in Blencathra in the Lake District where they will measure carbon storage in trees, investigate different perceptions of place and develop their knowledge and understanding of GIS in geography.


The Geography department at Laurus Ryecroft aims to ensure that all students:

• develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places including their defining physical and human characteristics.

• understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world.

• know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes that are used to make sense of the world around them.

• are prepared for GCSE, A Level and further study of Geography.

• develop a love and understanding of Geography.

In Year 7 students will be extending their locational knowledge and deepening their spatial awareness of the world’s regions. We will be studying key aspects of physical and human geographies in order to learn about distinctive landscapes and how places differ around the world. Students will develop geographical skills such as reading maps across a range of scales, interpreting photographs and analysing data to identify geographical patterns and processes.

In Year 8 students will study a wide variety of physical and human topics with an overriding outlook upon UK related concepts and themes. Key topics will include settlement; migration; river and glacial landscapes; and UK economic activity. The students will build on their conceptual understanding throughout the year. We will discuss concepts such as sustainability, culture, space, place, scale (both national and global) and develop graphical, statistical and cartographic skills.

In Year 9 students will, once again, study a wide variety of physical and human topics with an overriding synoptic outlook. These topics include tectonic and atmospheric hazards; development; ecosystems; and resource management. The students will use a variety of skills throughout the year and concepts such as diversity, inequality, interdependence and time will be discussed in more depth.