Felixstowe School


A high-quality geography education should aim to create global citizens that are curious of the world and its people.   We equip our students with knowledge of diverse places, people, natural and human environments and processes.

Our Geography curriculum develops contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes. Our students will develop an understanding of the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time.

We ensure all of our students are competent in the geographical skills needed to: collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes. They will also interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

Developing literacy is seamlessly embedded into our curriculum. For example, students learn communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.

We have developed a Programme of Study which gives them a crucial insight into the subject of Geography and into wider subject related topics and issues. The KS3 Geography Programme of Study includes a contrast of contemporary topics such as China, and climate change, along with more traditional units of work such as Plate Tectonics, Coastal landscapes and rivers. This breadth of study is crucial in developing a well-rounded student, who is mindful of past and present global issues and one who is able to interpret, understand and make connections with the world around them.

By providing an enriching curriculum, which engages our students and captures their imagination, and by building in the skills that are ultimately essential to be a successful Geographer; we are able to develop core subject specific skills, and skills that can be transferred to other subjects, and the wider world.

‘No other topic can offer you such an extensive array of skills as Geography can.’ (UK Official Careers) We aim to honour this idea and provide an engaging curriculum for our students.