Geography at Heathfield School aims to develop students' understanding of the world, its people, and the interactions between them. The curriculum provides a comprehensive exploration of various geographical concepts and themes, enabling students to develop essential skills such as map reading, data analysis, critical thinking, and problem-solving. Through engaging lessons and practical activities, students are encouraged to become global citizens who can make informed decisions and contribute to sustainable development.
In Key Stage 3, students explore a wide range of geographical topics that enhance their understanding of the local and global environment. They begin by examining their place in the UK and the world, focusing on national, regional, and local geography. They learn about the Lake District as a unique environment, considering glaciation, industry, and tourism.
The curriculum then delves into the impact of rivers on the UK landscape, with a specific focus on the River Severn, the water cycle, and flooding. Students also explore the changing UK coastline, studying the Holderness Coast, landforms, and coastal management. Moving on to a global perspective, they investigate Russia as a vast wilderness, examining its climate, biomes (such as the Tundra), and the challenges posed by permafrost. The impact of Russia's geography on its people and resources, particularly oil and gas, is also explored.
At Key Stage 4, students deepen their geographical knowledge and develop a broader understanding of global issues. They critically analyse common misconceptions about Africa and explore topics such as development and sustainable development using the example of Eko Atlantic. The curriculum further investigates Africa's diverse landscapes, including the savannah, and the role of tourism and ecotourism.
Students then examine the reasons why people choose to live in Europe, considering both physical and human features. They explore the current population dynamics, including the impact of refugees, and reflect on their own place in Europe. The European Union's origins, the impact of Brexit, and the wider consequences are also studied.
The curriculum then shifts focus to Asia, exploring newly emerging economies (NEEs) and analysing the rise of China as an industrial powerhouse and India's urbanisation. Students also investigate the reasons why people choose to live in high-risk areas prone to natural hazards, comparing high-income countries like Japan with low-income countries like the Philippines.