What do we learn in Geography?
The dictionary definition of the subject Geography could go something like this:-
Geography : a subject where pupils study the lands, the features, the inhabitants, and the phenomena of the planet we live on, Earth.
From Year 5 to Year 10 this study takes the pupils through every continent and many regions of our planet. They become acquainted with the special features and phenomena of individual localities as well as their relationships and connections with the rest of the world. These relationships may be climate and vegetation, the effects of natural hazards, the cause and effects of using natural resources, the creation of economic growth or questions around sustainability and the effects of globalisation.
A literal translation from the Greek origin, “geographia”, would be, "to describe or write about the Earth". In order to acquire the skills and techniques necessary for this, students must learn to work with a variety of materials and resources. These range from evaluating a diverse selection of thematic maps, using, making and interpreting tables, diagrams and graphs, as well as mind maps. They also experience and analyze various forms of presentation, gather and interpret statistics and learn to independently examine regional structures and features.
After Year 11 these topics and methods become more in depth, depending on whether pupils choose to continue with Geography as a basic or advanced course (“Grundkurs” or “Leistungskurs”). The fact that Geography combines socio-economic and political, as well as natural science-based phenomena, has made it a popular choice as both a challenging and interesting subject for many students. They benefit from studying the world in English from an international, “global” perspective, while still conforming to the requirements of the Berlin curriculum.