To study geography is to study the world around us. We aim at Highgate Wood to foster curiosity about this beautiful, complex and increasingly fragile planet.
At its heart, geography is a study of place; how physical and human processes shape different identities. We aim to study a wide variety of places, building knowledge of all seven continents. We want our students to think like geographers – to be able to apply their knowledge of geographical process on a range of places. We want to challenge student misconceptions about the world by ensuring that students experience diverse representations of places. A detailed knowledge of the UK is taught in Year 7 and returned to throughout. Fieldwork is used to enhance students’ understanding of both our local area and further afield.
In physical geography students will secure a detailed knowledge of tectonics, landscape, ecosystems and the atmosphere. Understanding the dynamic nature of the Earth is vital and how humans are currently accelerating natural changes. Human management of the environment becomes increasingly important as students’ progress in their geographical journey, notably through the concept of sustainable development and the impact of decisions on different scales – from international agreements to small scale actions.
For human geography the concept of development underpins students’ understanding of their place in the world. Studies of globalisation, trade, population and migration cement knowledge of the human landscape. The latter of these is specifically important for our cohort as they have wide range of diverse backgrounds. Students acquire knowledge built through real world information such as graphs, maps, data and statistics ensuring they build resilience to independently explain patterns and trends, formulate arguments, and be evaluative when looking at geographical material.
Through gaining an understanding of global justice and inequalities that exist in our world, we hope that our students develop compassion for our planet and its inhabitants. We aim to promote agency amongst our students through teaching them the ways in which their decisions as active citizens of the world can shape the future of our planet.