Blue Coat School > Geography

Curriculum Intent

Geography is important, because it opens our eyes: any landscape is not a static feature, but a complex world of physical and human interactions. Local is no longer local, but a point where the interaction of many ‘locals’ are drawn from a global stage. Geography enables students to ask deep and often searching questions about the world around them and opinions on sustainable and moral issues. This inevitably involves students gaining some understanding of “Living life in all its fullness” and will lead them to consider the Blue Coat values of CHRIST.

The Geography Department aims to enable all students to gain an understanding of some of the complex physical and human elements of the world that allows them to articulate with confidence, their views on the world around them. Students will then be increasingly able to question the morality of situations and decisions made in a range of different spatial contexts. This will provide them with an opportunity to look at “Living life in all its fullness”, as they explore and establish their own responses to some of the many challenges facing them for a sustainable future. We aim to engage students in systematic enquiry with the significant human and physical questions that Geography addresses. The Geography curriculum will help to develop responsibility and respect for the environment; social, economic and political issues and prepare students with skills they will need within everyday life, from being an informed citizen; employable as decision-makers to a graduate, researching into the use of our environment. Students should be enabled to use their geographical knowledge, skills and understanding beyond school and apply them confidently to explain the interconnections of the world and foster an attitude to be kind and tolerant of others and care for the environment in which we all live. Excellence within Geography would mean each student’s leaving Blue Coat with a sound grasp of the environment in which they live, varied viewpoints and skills in empathy and decision making. By key stage four and five, students will be able to think more synoptically which is useful in the world of work.

Extra-curricular offering

  • The Environment Society – year 12 and 13. Students run this society and their main themes are recycling and living in a sustainable manner. They meet each Friday lunchtime in T4.
  • Warwickshire Wildlife Trust – some work with these and hope for more collaboration in 2022-23.
  • Fieldwork

This forms an integral part of Geography at Blue Coat School. Covid has had a huge impact on our programme, but if all becomes safer then we would like to re- introduce this package as follows:

Year 7

Investigative study of micro-climate around the school site

Year 8

Visit to the coast – Milford on Sea and Hurst Castle to study processes at work on the coast and coastal protection measures.

Year 9

Local investigative study around Terry Road to compare the “old” inner city with the regenerated area near Peugeot.

Year 10

Visit and fieldwork on Birkdale Sand dunes investigating the shape of the dunes and vegetation diversity.

Year 11

Visit and fieldwork to investigate the regenerated area of the Queen Elizabeth Park (Olympic Park) and compare with an lacking funding for change.

Year 12

Visit to Amersham Field Studies Council to investigate the many aspects of the water cycle: movement of water on different surfaces; river discharge; impact of interception and stemflow in a wooded area and infiltration capacity variation on a hillside.

Visit Olympic Park to further investigate socio-economic and environmental quality.

Year 13

Carry out their own individual investigation for their A level. Investigations have included longshore drift on Hurst Castle spit, vegetation succession on Birkdale dunes; variations in quality of life and standard of living between differing areas in Coventry; the impacts of city centre regeneration in Coventry; the impact of footpath erosion at Brandon Marshes and so on.

We have also started to develop links with the Geography Department at Coventry University and students in years 10,11 and sixth form have listened to web-based lectures.