Curriculum intent statement

Curriculum statement: Geography

‘Geography explains the past, illuminates the present and prepares us for the future. What could be more important than that?’ - Michael Palin


At NUSA we develop geographers who can;
  • Identify, describe and assess the impact of geographical phenomenon at a variety of scales
  • Use a range of numerical, graphical and cartographical skills to represent geographical phenomenon
  • Discuss the impact human actions have on the environment and people
  • Justify decisions to improve or manage geographical issues
  • Evaluate the range of options used to manage geographical phenomenon
  • To consider, understand and critique a range of different stakeholders in a variety of geographical contexts
  • To make reasoned judgements over the effectiveness and future impacts of human actions on geographical phenomenon

Curriculum features:

At NUSA we will equip our students with rich knowledge, resources and skills they will need to enable them to become great geographers and develop a love of geography. Successful learners in geography will develop an enquiring mind that breeds curiosity, the ability to have and show empathy, the desire to be a humanitarian and a deep interest in the living world and its welfare. Our curriculum is:
Knowledge Rich;
Carefully selected and sequenced knowledge so that our pupils build their knowledge over time. This knowledge has been especially chosen to complement and suit the cultural background of our pupils, so that it challenges and deepens their understanding of the world.
Skills Rich;
To be a great geographer pupils need a wide array of tools to help them understand the world around them. In our curriculum we provide lots of opportunities for pupils to observe, record, present, analyse and apply what they have learnt about their world.


In addition to lessons, pupils have several opportunities to develop their geographical understanding outside the classroom. Fieldwork promotes first hand geographical knowledge and understanding by closing the divide that separates the classroom environment from the real world. Students will have the opportunity to visit such places as Bolsover Castle, Lincoln, The Peak District and Nottingham City.
Students are also encouraged to take advantage of additional activities outside their lessons. These will include Key Stage 3 and 4 masterclasses, geo-literacy drop in workshops, flipped homework and research projects and Geographical Society and Nottingham University lectures.

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