Who are we? National Subject Leads: Ruth Totterdell (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ) David Rayner (e-mail: email@example.com ) plus a team of 30 part-time Regional Subject Advisors working across the nine government regions in England.
Purpose of the day To raise awareness of the new whole school secondary curriculum and how Geography fits in and contributes to it. To reinforce the changes in the Geography programmes of study and to raise awareness of the opportunities that these give you to revitalise and invigorate your KS3 geography To help you take the next steps in your school towards developing an engaging, exciting and topical geography curriculum for 21st century learners. To feel supported in your curriculum making – using existing networks and creating new networks to share the load.
Why is Geography important for 21st century learners? Geography Brainstorm your ideas…
The study of geography stimulates an interest in and a sense of wonder about places. It helps young people make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world. It explains where places are, how places and landscapes are formed, how people and their environment interact, and how a diverse range of economies, societies and environments are interconnected. It builds on pupils’ own experiences to investigate places at all scales, from the personal to the global. Geographical enquiry encourages questioning, investigation and critical thinking about issues affecting the world and people’s lives, now and in the future. Fieldwork is an essential element of this. Pupils learn to think spatially and use maps, visual images and new technologies, including geographical information systems (GIS), to obtain, present and analyse information. Geography inspires pupils to become global citizens by exploring their own place in the world, their values and their responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet.
From the importance statement Devise three aims for the teaching of geography for your department For example: • To stimulate a sense of wonder about places • To inspire pupils to become global citizens • To help pupils make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world How will you know that you are achieving these aims?
The Importance Statement can be broken down to form an audit Choose three things that you already do ‘Very Well’….
The new programmes of study should help give us purpose in our teaching They are an opportunity to revitalise and modernise KS3 geography