Humanities Department Intent
The Humanities Department at Lathom aims to develop students’ understanding of, and curiosity about, the world around them. The curriculum is designed to equip students with the knowledge, skills and vocabulary to investigate, analyse and interpret the modern world. Through their study of Geography, History, Religion and World Views and Citizenship students will learn about how our globalized world has been shaped and is continually changing. They will have the opportunity to explore enquiry questions, think critically and communicate effectively.
“An understanding of the natural world and the people in it is a
source of not only great curiosity but also great fulfilment”
Sir David Attenborough
There has never been a more important time to study Geography. With huge interest in issues that affect us all, such as climate change, migration, environmental degradation and globalisation the study of Geography is a gateway to understanding the world around us. Within Humanities we aim to provide our students with opportunities to appreciate and try to make sense of the world around us and develop a sense of place. Students are encouraged to ask as well as answer questions, and at the heart of our geographical study is engaging students with the global issues of today, such as the threat of climate change, and how we can manage and protect our world in a sustainable way.
The Geography Curriculum is underpinned by these core principles:
We will give opportunities for all students to:
Key Stage 3
Students at KS3 receive four lessons a fortnight, and homework which is designed to support the learning that takes place in the classroom.
The progress of students is monitored regularly through classwork and homework, and there are assessments completed at an appropriate stage in each unit of work.
Key Stage 4
Students can opt to study GCSE Geography. Students will follow the AQA syllabus, with three units which will be examined at the end of Y11. These are:
Use of film clips and documentaries
Local fieldwork visits to gather and explain data
Use of geographical equipment to gather data
Visits such as Liverpool city centre, Crosby beach, the Tawd Valley
How to Support your Child’s Learning
You can support your child with their homework, and by asking questions about what they are studying in school.
You can read or watch the news and discuss any issues linked to Geography, such as weather hazards, climate change and environmental destruction.
Where to visit locally
What to watch
Documentaries by David Attenborough – many are available on BBC iPlayer
National Geographic channel
TV News programmes
There are a number of films linked to themes that we cover in Geography. Here are a few enjoyed by our teachers:
Dante’s Peak - A film that shows many features of a volcano
The Day after Tomorrow – A temperature rise in the Arctic causes erratic weather around the world before resulting in a killer drop to freezing temperatures.
Slumdog Millionaire – A peak into life in shanty towns in India
Twister – Storm chasers have to work together to create a weather - warning system, whilst coping with the effects of tornadoes.
What to listen to
Internet Geography podcast
Geography Revision podcast
Ask the Geographer
What to read
National Geographic magazine
No-one is too small to make a difference by Greta Thunberg - A collection of Greta Thunberg’s inspiring speeches about the global climate crisis.
Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall - An exploration of how Geography influences the politics of our world
We are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee girls around the world by Malala Yousafzai - Nobel Peace Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai, shares both her own story and those of girls she has met who have been displaced.
There is no Planet B by Mike Berners-Lee - An exploration of the global challenges that we face, with interesting suggestions of how humanity might thrive continuing to live on earth.
When the Rivers Run Dry by Fred Pearce - A book about the global water crisis, with ideas about how it can be solved.
Geography is great for any kind of career that involves the environment, planning, or collecting and interpreting data.