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Geography Department Curriculum Intent

The study of geography by our pupils is undoubtedly the key to unlocking and extending their understanding and appreciation of their world. This ranges from the study of global physical features such as mountain ranges, deserts and rainforests, to the locations and characteristics of different countries and the people who live there. Studying geography provides a unique insight into the interactions – both positive and negative, intentional and unintentional – between us and the living world in which we live, which are crucial for pupils today to be aware of.

Geography is a highly dynamic and living subject, and geography teaching at The Hollins aims to embrace this quality. Through the use of a wide range of sources and adapting our curriculum to incorporate significant global and national events as they occur, our geography students are actively encouraged to work independently and within groups to engage with and pursue the big geographical questions of ‘Who…?’, ‘What…?’, ‘Where…?’ and, perhaps most importantly, ‘Why…?’. Our pupils are encouraged to think critically about the information they are given and to present and justify their own views as balanced arguments.

Whilst geography can be taught in the classroom, it is our belief that it is best experienced beyond it. We aim to provide all students with the opportunity to experience geography beyond the classroom, through fieldwork activities and educational visits both within the UK and internationally. Through this, we support and enrich classroom learning whilst developing the sense of awe and wonder which can only be obtained by physical experiences.