Geography at Shuttleworth aims to promote an appreciation and understanding of the world and global community through a vibrant curriculum.
We seek to emphasise the power and wonder of the natural world as well as the significance of the built surroundings, the economy and political decisions in creating a diverse environment.
We support literacy by…
writing structured extended answers to questions. Students are encouraged to break down questions in order to give thorough and balanced written answers. Verbal literacy is also a key aspect of lessons and students are taught how to give extended verbal answers, fully developing their ideas.
We support numeracy by…
incorporating statistical analysis in a wide range of contexts, from traffic counts to measuring the velocity of rivers.
How will my child be ‘set’ in this subject?
Students in Key Stage 3 are set as in their English lessons. In Key Stage 4 students are in broader sets according to ability.
How many periods a week will children spend learning this subject?
- Years 7 – 9: 1hr per week
- Years 10 & 11: 3hrs per week
What career opportunities of this subject?
Geography is a vibrant subject which imbues many transferable skills into its students. However, there are also many careers directly related to the subject, in areas such as planning, cartography, environmental consultation, GIS, conservation, meteorology, and teaching.
What ‘out-of-classroom’ or extra-curricular learning experiences will my child get?
Geography is best learnt out of the classroom, through our experience of the natural world and built environments. At Shuttleworth we aim to give each year group the opportunity to attend one fieldwork trip where they will experience for themselves the theories we have studied in class and put into practice a range of skills from cartographic to data and number handing. There are also opportunities for students to conduct fieldwork in closer quarters, around the school grounds, which provides a range of environments and opportunities, as well as students conducting research relating to their own neighbourhoods as home learning tasks.
Miss A. Harwood