Amesbury Geography guides the pupils through remote lands and over ‘tough terrain’ as they explore the phenomenon that is Mother Earth. The curriculum investigates key issues such as the shift in oil demand, the changing Global Economy and Natural Hazards such as hurricanes, tsunamis and floods. We stimulate their curiosity about the wider world – how it is changing today and how it changed in the past. We want pupils to develop their understanding of physical and human landscapes, different societies and cultures, enhancing their awareness of global interdependence.
Geographical skills are taught through a variety of (digital) learning environments. Our learning methods follow the key strands of Problem Solving & Enquiry, Knowledge of place and space, Understanding Human & Physical patterns, processes & interactions, Fieldwork skills and Map skills. Fieldwork is integral to the teaching and learning within the Geography department. Whenever possible children undertake activities outside of the classroom.
We also have an annual Year 8 residential trip to Snowdonia National Park, which focuses on Rivers, Environmental Challenges as well as Economic Activity.
‘We live in a world of amazing beauty, infinite complexity and rigorous challenge. Geography is the subject which opens the door to this dynamic world and prepares each one of us for the role of global citizen in the 21st century.’
HEAD OF DEPARTMENT
Mr Martin Gibb (Assistant Head: Marketing & Innovation, Head of Geography) joined Amesbury in 2002, having previously taught in the state sector. He has a BEd from Oxford. He has a strong interest in technology and collaborative learning, and has completed a MSc in Digital Education from Edinburgh University. He has led many fieldwork expeditions, including the annual trip to Snowdonia National Park.