A high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. To achieve this the curriculum at Greet promotes four subject concepts. This is delivered through units which have school’s six curriculum threads running through them. The threads are: human endeavour, technological advancement, empire, emancipation, sustainability and belonging. These threads give meaning to the lives of our pupils. They progressively explain the following: why they are living in the city of Birmingham, why they enjoy the human rights they do, which key figures and events have shaped the wider world they are part of, and how they as individuals can influence the future.
The four subject concepts are: factual knowledge and scale, comparing and contrasting shape and space, physical and human geographical processes and enquiry skills. Factual knowledge provides our pupils with facts to draw upon within the study of geography but also in their general lives. Linked heavily to factual knowledge is the concept of scale. Our geography curriculum will help pupils appreciate that you can look at space and place at a range of scales: global, continental, national, regional and local.
At the core of the discipline are the concepts of space and place (Cloke, Philo and Sadler, 1991). Space is an abstract term that refers simply to the physical element of a location. Simply what is there in the very literal sense; how the space is used. Place, on the other hand is the feelings and opinions related to what is seen. Geographers can compare and contrast both space and place.
To truly understand the world we live in it is important that we have an understanding of the human and physical processes that are acting upon it. Pupils need to know that both environments and how humans interact have altered over time and are still changing.
Enquiry is also an essential component to the discipline of geography. Geographers should ask questions and form hypotheses to be tested. To do this geographers need to be equipped with a range of enquiry skills. At Greet pupils are taught to be able to efficiently interpret maps, atlases, globes (both paper-based and digital) and Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Pupils also need to be able to use fieldwork techniques, such as completing surveys or taking weather samples.