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13/07/22

Our Sixth Form went to Thorpe Park yesterday for an adrenaline-filled day as a reward for their hard work this year. A great time had by all! https://t.co/H0uKokVLjB

11/07/22

Harris officially achieved the Gold award for our school games mark 2021/22! https://t.co/d3Pd7tjaCv

08/07/22

The stage is set and we are very excited to welcoming our new students to HGA on their transition day. A great day ahead! https://t.co/ynoBS93Hhv

07/07/22

HGA's Year 10 Geographers have been out to the River Darent today practising their fieldwork skills - and not afraid to get wet in the process! https://t.co/Dcbu7rzmNM

05/07/22

Retweetd From Bexley School Games

A great start by in the 3v3 Basketball having won their league they are now through to the knock-out stage Finals🏀 Good luck 👏

05/07/22

On Monday our Basketball team took part in the 🏀 representing Bexley after winning our regional qualifier. 27 boroughs entered their best school from their region. We finished 3rd, winning 5 games whilst only losing 1! https://t.co/cCUQDiJHOl

30/06/22

80 of our students from HGA with the most positive Harris Points were rewarded with a trip to today! Here we see Mr Carr taking on a student at air hockey... https://t.co/HP4gfvFNro

30/06/22

Plant life ! https://t.co/KSG8AABZVa

30/06/22

Year 7 students finding out about local history and STEM in the community at https://t.co/6rbFlbA0Ll

30/06/22

Year 8 students discovering local art and artists https://t.co/ENO0iNfXB0

30/06/22

Year 9 students with plant babies at RHS Wisley https://t.co/UmSBe2CoHd

30/06/22

Final Character Day of the year! Year 7 students enjoying the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich https://t.co/UtnxQBqyow

16/06/22

Our Student Eco-Council is looking forward to taking part in the Bexley Eco Festival 2022! Read about our Eco-Council at https://t.co/sOCDFBiUuH https://t.co/Mbd4G38FPI

14/06/22

Araceli and Halya, Year 4, are the winners of our KS2 poster competition, inspired by the ' aim of inspiring young people to be active. With over a 100 entries, our sports leaders had a tough judging process! Read more https://t.co/ToLt4Iog6c https://t.co/i267TpKEBz

13/06/22

After their recent title win, our primary basketball team set their eyes on challenging a teacher team to put their skills to the test. After two competitive and well-spectated matches, Team Children came out on top with 12-6 and 11-9 wins! https://t.co/DqMarztpZq

07/06/22

Congratulations to our students who took part in the UKMT Challenge 2022. We had three Silver and six Bronze certificates (Intermediate) and one Gold, three Silver and 26 Bronze certificates (junior). Fantastic work! Read more https://t.co/mblIhIZ3wK https://t.co/AGFArpPVjb

07/06/22

Our Outstanding Food Award goes to Jay, Year 10, for his creativity and skills in his Food Tech GCSE. Here are two of his restaurant-standard dishes: chicken katsu curry and cheesecake duo (matcha strawberry and vanilla mango). Yum! https://t.co/5iSsqX1O1m https://t.co/liHzXlYjhF

07/06/22

So proud of the effort our Year 11 are putting in at present. Attendance at our intervention sessions has been outstanding and we are sure this hard work will pay off in their exams. Great work, Year 11! https://t.co/czL6qMyTMc https://t.co/p78dXqK6A1

30/05/22

Congratulations to Aleksandra, who has finished her EPQ (Extended Project Qualification), culminating in a fantastic presentation delivered in front of her EPQ supervisor, Mr McCann, her EPQ peers and the Sixth Form Team. Great work! Read more https://t.co/TctDWK8jff https://t.co/UEVCrYJCK3

30/05/22

Congratulations to sixth former Lydia for winning the Jack Petchey Outstanding Achiever Award. Lydia was nominated for her all-round commitment to her education and laser-sharp focus on her dream of becoming a doctor. Amazing work, Lydia! Read more at https://t.co/BhDBbc9T7T https://t.co/xpPCbeaorV

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Geography

Our aim in the Geography department is make students aware of their place in the world and how they interact with its constituents; from the local level looking at, for example, regeneration in Thamesmead to global issues such as climate change, migration and global population growth.

We continually update our lessons to use current and relevant case studies that make lessons topical, challenging and engaging.

The world in which we live is likely to change more in the next 50 years than it has ever done before. Our role in that change is more important than ever. Geography explains the changes and helps to prepare people. It is a subject about now and the future. As well as being a study of where places are and what they are like, the subject studies how and why they are changing and at what rate the change is taking place.

For further details of the Geography curriculum please contact Ebere Emezie e.emezie@harrisgarrard.org.uk


Full details of the intent, implementation and impact of our Geography curriculum are contained in our curriculum plans, downloadable from the bottom of the page.

View/download medium term plans for all subjects. These are up to date as of 1st September 2021. Plans will be refreshed every term.

You can also download Knowledge Organisers for each year group from our Knowledge Organisers page.

Primary Curriculum - Geography

“You can travel the seas, poles and deserts and see nothing. To really understand the world, you need to get under the skin of the people and places. In other words, learn about geography. I can’t imagine a subject more relevant in schools. We’d all be lost without it.” Michael Palin.  

Geography is an exciting subject that through geographical enquiry helps us better understand the people, places and environments in the world. The programme of study for Geography states “a high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives”.  

It is a subject that seeks answers to fundamental questions such as: 

  • Where is this place? 
  • What is it like? (and why?) 
  • How and why is it changing? 
  • How does this place compare with other places? 
  • How and why are places connected? 

Geography draws on its vast range of vocabulary to identify and name places, the features within them and the human and physical processes at work there. Such core knowledge provides the building blocks of deeper explanation and understanding; providing entry points to geographical conversations about the world. We describe this as ‘thinking geographically’ and explicitly teach this to our pupils through our use of knowledge organisers. 

We aim that every pupil leaves our primary with the key building blocks to allow them to read, speak and write like a geographer.

Miss Anderson, AAP & Primary Geography Lead

Careers

Geographers are trained to be good decision-makers who look at all aspects of a situation. Some jobs make direct use of geographical knowledge such as those in tourism, town planning and environmental management and teaching.

Geographers can

  • make a concise report
  • handle data
  • ask questions and find answers
  • make decisions about an issue
  • analyse material
  • organise themselves
  • think creatively and independently

Geographers are:

  • good communicators
  • spatially aware
  • socially, economically and environmentally aware
  • problem solvers
  • good team players
  • computer literate
  • well rounded, flexible thinkers

Possible careers for Geographers include:

  • Town Planning
  • Social Work
  • Market researh
  • Housing
  • Estate agents
  • Disaster management
  • Civil engineering

Geography is also useful for law, journalism, medicine and working in the media for example because it combines the understanding of the facts of the sciences with the perception of the arts.

Find out more about the careers programme at Harris Garrard Academy.