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Geography is about the study of places, the human and physical processes which shape them and the people who live in them. It helps students to make sense of their surroundings and to gain a better understanding of the variety of physical and human conditions on the earth’s surface.  At Eden School we aim to develop students’ interest in their surroundings and in the variety of human and physical environments on the earth. Our curriculum will build a sense of wonder at the beauty of the world and help students appreciate different environments, enhancing their sense of responsibility to work towards a sustainable future for our planet.

We aim to inspire pupil’s curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. To develop their knowledge about diverse places, people, resources, natural and human environments, together with a deeper understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. Teaching geographical knowledge in meaningful context and in a connected way helps learning to stick in the long-term memory.

Geography is a study of the real world, and students at Eden look for explanations about how the real world works and think about alternative sustainable futures that they may face. In this process, our students develop skills that are transferable across the curriculum and throughout life. Our curriculum ensures that students develop empathy towards others and perceive their place in the world.

The best classroom for geography is outside, so the promotion of fieldwork or using the outside classroom is important at Eden.

The curriculum is enhanced through field visits to local places of interest in the countryside and the cities that surround Blackburn.

In Year 7 pupils build on any prior knowledge from KS2 to develop their map skills which are needed to achieve in this subject linking with Maths. Other skills will be developed such as how to describe, explain, contrast and evaluate by looking at a range of case studies. Pupils are encouraged to keep up to date with current affairs during form time and we try to incorporate ongoing global issues into our teaching.

As pupils progress through school, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments.

Throughout Key Stage 3, more skills are developed and embedded to allow pupils to fulfil their full potential in their exams.

At Key Stage 4 we offer a GCSE programme of study running parallel and simultaneously with an OCR Functional Skills Geography course. Both courses include Field Work studies and OCR have an additional Personal Project topic.

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“Eden is a life-transforming school where we provide the best education for young people who have complex social, emotional and mental health needs.”

Jen Ashworth, Headteacher