Gilbert Inglefield Academy


Head of Humanities Department: Mrs. M. Timberlake
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“In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration.” - Ansel Adams

“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” - Edmund Hillary (New Zealander mountain climber and Antarctic Explorer; first person to successfully climb Mount Everest b.1919)

At Gilbert Inglefield Academy, the teaching of Geography is intended to inspire a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with our pupils for the rest of their lives. We aim to equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. The schemes of work are designed to develop pupil’s growing knowledge about the world, to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Moreover, we aim to develop geographical skills (such as the reading of maps and locational information) that will support our pupils throughout their lives.

Through the study of Geography, pupils are able to develop a range of skills and abilities and as they move up through the school, their skills are refined and developed through more advanced tasks and high level thinking skills. The Geography teaching staff also work hard to support progress in English, Mathematics and Citizenship in all lessons.

The pupils follow a balanced curriculum in Geography and topics include:

  • Geography of the UK
  • Local study – my perfect school
  • Contrasting Locations – Leighton Buzzard and Cardiff
  • Hola! The Geography of Spain
  • Water
  • River
  • Mountains
  • Mexico – a South American study
  • Chocolate – from bean to bar (fair trade)
  • My Patch (GIS)
  • Tremendous Tectonics
  • Africa
  • Adventure Landscapes
  • Food Miles
  • Cold Environments
  • Development
  • Population Trends
  • Weather in the UK
  • "Zombie Apocolypse Geography" (Map Skills)

The Humanities department also promotes learning outside of the classroom through the participation in themed days, presentations from external visitors and trips

Humanities department curriculum overview