“The earth is what we all have in common” Wendell Berry.
Students obtain a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes, and the challenges that we currently face on our planet and learn key geographical skills, appreciating how the Earth’s features are connected and changing. They consider key questions like, what does the future hold for our environment and is our planet fatefully damaged?
Year 7 step into the shoes of an environmental scientist and investigate fuels and resources as well as waste and recycling. Next, they consider the difference between weather and climate; will they find any microclimates within our very own academy? From here, they meander around the world on a river cruise, investigating their formation and how flooding affects the UK.
Year 8 pack their suitcases for the beach as they explore the shape of coastlines both here and in the Maldives. Next they wrap up warm and explore the icy world of glaciers; they look into how the polar regions are suffering as a result of global warming. From here, they appreciate just how powerful our restless earth is by getting to grips with the structure of the planet and examining the true extent of volcanoes and earthquakes.
Year 9 inspect the world's ecosystems as they take exciting journeys to the dense rainforests of Brazil to the sandy deserts of Asia. Then they take a deep breath and dive to the bottom of our oceans to examine the unwelcome effects of plastics on marine life. The finale of this chapter involves facing the future, head on! Can we save our precious world before it's too late #thereisnoplanetB
British Values, SMSC and Cultural Capital
We activate students' awareness of global and local issues such as ocean plastics, the impact of volcanic eruptions and flooding and the consequences of an ageing population. Students are encouraged to become socially responsible citizens, for example, taking an active role to support our status as an Eco-School and adopting a sea turtle.
Environmental Science inspires awe and wonder at the natural world and students gain a keen awareness of different cultures on a global and local scale. By studying our local areas students also develop a sense of identity and our community ethos is strengthened. Students appreciate the physical and human processes that shape and change the world in which we live.
Fieldtrips allow students to experience different environments and settings that they might otherwise not experience, for example, Iceland, Delamere Forest and Formby beach.