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The study of geography stimulates an interest in and a sense of wonder about places. It helps young people make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world. It explains where places are, how places and landscapes are formed, how people and their environment interact, and how a diverse range of economies, societies and environments are interconnected. It builds on pupils' own experiences to investigate places at all scales, from the personal to the global.

Geographical enquiry encourages questioning, investigation and critical thinking about issues affecting the world and people's lives, now and in the future. Fieldwork is an essential element of this. Pupils learn to think spatially and use maps, visual images and new technologies, including geographical information systems (GIS), to obtain, present and analyse information. Geography inspires pupils to become global citizens by exploring their own place in the world, their values and their responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet

The study of geography at Blackminster Middle School includes:

  • A variety of scales, from personal, local, regional, national, international and continental, to global. This includes studies at individual scales and studies that connect scales together.

  • A range of investigations (for example, investigations of continents, globalisation or uneven development) focusing on places, themes or issues.

  • The location of places and environments. Knowing where places and landscapes are located allows students to develop a coherent framework of locational knowledge.

  • Key aspects of the UK, including its changing human and physical geography, current issues and its place in the world today. This includes local and national perspectives. It also includes the geographical aspects that underpin a young person's identity and their global citizenship.

  • Different parts of the world in their wider settings and contexts, including the European Union and regions or countries in different states of development. This includes the location of places, key aspects of their changing geography and how places link with other places in the world across a range of different environments.

  • Physical geography, physical processes and natural landscapes. This includes the study of weather and climate, and why they vary from place to place, as well as other physical processes and landscapes.

  • Human geography, built and managed environments and human processes. This includes themes such as urban change, migration and sustainable development.

  • Interactions between people and their environments, including causes and consequences of these interactions, and how to plan for and manage their future impact. This includes the investigation of climate change. Making links between people and their environments at different scales helps students understand interdependence (eg considering how their consumption of energy has a global impact on physical systems such as climate). Students investigate different perspectives and values relating to these interactions, including sustainable development. They also consider future implications of these interactions.