‚ÄčThe Geography Curriculum uses an inquiry approach to assist students to develop the skills and capabilities to make meaning of their world. Geography is a structured way of exploring, analysing and understanding the characteristics of the places that make up our world, using the concepts of place, space, environment, interconnection, sustainability, scale and change.

The Geography Curriculum is organised into two interrelated strands Geographical Knowledge and Understanding and Geographical Inquiry and Skills.

Geographical Knowledge refers to the facts, generalisations, principles theories and models developed in geography. Geographical Understanding is the ability to see the relationships between aspects of knowledge and construct exploratory frameworks to illustrate these relationships. It is also the ability to apply this knowledge to new situations or to solve new problems.

Geographical Inquiry is a process by which students learn about their understanding of geography. Geographical Skills developed in the curriculum represent the stages of a complete investigation. These skills include:

  • observing, questioning and planning
  • collecting, recording, evaluating and representing
  • interpreting, analysing and concluding
  • communicating
  • reflecting and responding

At St Francis Xavier students formulate and respond to inquiry questions by researching and gathering information. The Geography Curriculum enables students to actively participate in the world around them.

At St Francis Xavier we aim to ensure that students develop:

  • a sense of wonder, curiosity and respect about places, people, cultures and environments throughout the world
  • a deep geographical knowledge of their own locality, Australia, the Asia region and the world
  • the ability to think geographically, using geographical concepts
  • the capacity to be competent, critical and creative users of geographical inquiry methods and skills
  • as informed, responsible and active citizens who can contribute to the development of an environmentally and economically sustainable and socially just world