The aim of Woodlands School is that all students experience a geography curriculum which:
Provides equal opportunities for 0.11 pupils to reach their potential, recognising the range of interests, abilities, skills and talents.
Stimulates pupils' interest in their surroundings and in the variety of physical and human conditions on the Earth's surface.
Stimulates a Sense of wonder in pupils at the beauty of the world around them.
Helps pupils to develop an informed concern about the environment and future of the human habitat.
Enhances a sense of responsibility for the care of the Earth and its peoples.
Fosters self esteem and self confidence in pupils that they may express their own views about the environment and other places.
Fosters respect for others and an understanding that they may hold different views and express different opinions.
Provides a supportive, secure and rich learning environment, based on direct experience and practical activity.
Develops a partnership between the family, the school and the wider community.
Provides access for all pupils to the National Curriculum, the Post Key Stage 3 Curriculum and the Post 16 Curriculum which includes the Youth Award Scheme, European and Global Awareness.
Enriches other areas of the curriculum.
Prepares pupils for adult life.
Through adaptation of the broad aims, pupils will be able to:
become aware of, and understand, their personal position in space
become aware of, and interested in , themselves and their immediate surroundings
explore local and then wider environments
develop an interest in, and knowledge of, places and people beyond
their immediate experience
experience aspects of other countries and cultures, especially when there are comparisons with their own.
In response to these opportunities, pupils can make progress in geography by:
increasing the breadth and depth of their experience and knowledge
studying smaller (local scale) to larger areas(regional and national scales)
extending studying from the familiar to the less familiar
gaining understanding from abstract as well as concrete concepts.
Assessment will be in line with the whole school policy on 'Assessment, Recording and Reporting'. Clearly set individual targets and continued assessment of individual pupil progress will ensure progression and continuity. Pupils will be encouraged to evaluate their own work.
Care will be taken to ensure that all students work in a safe environment as outlined by the Health & Safety Guidelines of the Local Education Authority.