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“Geography underpins a lifelong ‘conversation’ about the earth as the home of humankind.”  Geography Association

The Cape Cornwall School curriculum ensures that all our students have the opportunity for academic and personal development across a broad range of subjects and experiences. It combines equality of opportunity to our core learning with opportunities for students to make individual choices regarding their learning experiences. Acquisition of knowledge and transferable skills are the cornerstones of our student’s progress, and we place a high value on building their understanding of community, place and social justice. Lessons and other learning experiences are sequenced to build on students’ prior knowledge and ensure that students deepen their knowledge of each subject and the interconnection between subjects and their global context.

Our curriculum is the foundation to achieving our Core Principles:

● Students leave Cape with high-value achievements and the life skills and resilience that provide a platform for future success and happiness.

● We are inspired to work together to research, design and implement highly effective and sustainable solutions to develop and maintain our thriving school community.

● Continuous improvement is achieved through a whole school culture of, and commitment to, creativity, engagement and professionalism.

What is unique to the study of geography?

Studying geography is essential to enable students to become global citizens and make geographical links to apply outside the classroom. These links will focus on the human, physical and environmental aspects of the globe. Our carefully sequenced curriculum covers and goes beyond the National Curriculum. Learning will focus on the knowledge and understanding of the interactions of processes between human and physical features. Pupils will analyse the impact humans are having upon the globe to be aware of geographical issues. This knowledge will support their geographical thinking to ensure they have capabilities as global learners to challenge geographical concepts such as sustainability.  

Through our curriculum, students are supported with their geographical learning in and outside the classroom via a range of fieldwork and extracurricular activities. Fieldwork is mandatory and supports outdoor education for young people. We include an understanding of geography on a local, national and global scale. Students learn about their local human and physical geographic environment. This helps develop their knowledge and sense of place and self. Students’ skills in studying geography are lifelong in developing teamwork, empathy, data analysis, resilience, and global learning.  

Extracurricular activities involved with studying geography include:

  • Fieldwork.
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award.
  • Environmental sustainability day.
  • Penwith College master classes.
  • Links with Exeter University.
  • Visits to the Eden Project and ecological school-based clubs.