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Callington Community College

Callington Community College

Callington Community College

Global Studies


Geography Intent 

“The study of geography is about more than just memorising places on a map. It’s about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents. And in the end, it’s about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together.”  - Barack Obama  

At Callington Community College we aim to develop inspired and curious students who can make sense of the world we live in to make a positive difference.

By the end of their education in Geography at Callington Community College, all students of Geography will have:

  •  Developed a critical understanding of the world and how we interact with that world so that they can make responsible and rational decisions as citizens.
  •  An awareness of key geographical concepts in order to understand the links between human, physical and environmental Geography.
  •  The ability to ‘see, speak, think, write, like a geographer’ . 
  •  Enhanced their Cultural capital to promote social equity and mobility.
  • An appreciation that geography is complex and dynamic, reflecting our changing world.

In order to fully appreciate Geography and develop a deep schema, topics in Geography have been intelligently sequenced by the following rationale: 

The Geography curriculum has been underpinned with the 3 core concepts of Place, Space and Scale.  Supporting these core concepts, topics have been bound together with the wider concepts: Processes, Patterns, systems, interactions, sustainability and perspectives, and values. 

Callington Community Colleges Geography curriculum has been influenced by Mark Enser and Alaric Maude’s research on Powerful Geographical Knowledge, ensuring students are provided with a well-considered, powerful curriculum developing rich geographical knowledge, understanding, and skills.

The geography curriculum has been designed with the guidance by the Geographical Associations progression framework, supported by Eleanor Rawling and David Gardner research on planning a Coherent Geography curriculum. Within Callington Community Colleges geography curriculum three progression strands underpin each key stage: 

  • Contextual world knowledge of locations, places, and geographical features- Demonstrating greater fluency with world knowledge by drawing on increased breadth and depth of content and contexts. 
  • Understanding of the conditions, processes, and interactions. - Extending from the familiar and concrete to the unfamiliar and abstract. 
  • Geographical enquiry and application of skills- Increasing the range and accuracy of pupils - investigative skills and their ability to apply these with increasing independence to geographical enquiry.

Modules have been sequenced in a deliberate way, so knowledge is built over time. There has been a balance of thematic and regional modules to ensure that content is interweaved, knowledge is rich, and understanding is deepened. 

Our Geography curriculum addresses disadvantage through teaching a curriculum where all students have access to Powerful Geographical Knowledge, where all young people can develop their knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to interrogate what they read, see and hear. Within our geography curriculum, our classrooms are inclusive where we engage students with Geography content, linking to their personal experience to make it more meaningful for them. We strive to ensure that our fieldwork is inclusive to all, allowing students to gain the opportunities to experience different environments.

Geography Year 7 to 9 Knowledge Overview - click here

Geography Year 10 to 11 Knowledge Overview - click here

Geography Year 12 to 13 Knowledge Overview - click here