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Geography Stage 1
Subject outline

Version 4.0 - For teaching in 2024.
Accredited in May 2016 for teaching at Stage 1 from 2017.

Stage 1 | Subject outline | Content | Geographical skills

Geographical skills

The following skills are essential to geographical inquiry. Students use geographical skills to develop their knowledge and understanding of geographical concepts within a specific context. Developing their geographical skills enables students to explore contemporary geographical issues and make recommendations. These skills are integrated into the learning and assessment requirements of Stage 1 Geography.

Students develop and use a range of geographical skills, including:

  • collect and record fieldwork data, using techniques such as observation, measuring, counting, testing, sketching, photography, interviewing, mapping, and surveying
  • interpret secondary sources of data and information
  • use maps and spatial technologies (latitudes, longitudes, grid references, legends or keys, directions, and contours)
  • interpret images, including aerial, oblique, and ground photographs, and satellite images
  • understand scale (enlargement, reduction, area, and distance)
  • analyse and interpret statistics, fieldwork data, maps, profiles, cross-sections, and transects
  • identify and analyse patterns and trends, infer relationships, and make predictions
  • communicate geographical information, using visual representations such as tables, graphs, diagrams, sketches, photographs, and maps
  • make recommendations, form conclusions, and solve problems
  • use subject-specific terminology
  • acknowledge sources appropriately.