The geography department at St Martin's Ampleforth, aims to provide a stimulating and rewarding geographical experience for all and help all students to become thoughtful geographers and independent thinkers. The basic aims and objectives of school geography are:
- To help students develop geographical knowledge and conceptual understanding. In studying geography students develop a body of factual knowledge that will support conceptual understanding and stimulate an interest in the world. To achieve this geography teaching at school is based on themes that investigate physical environments, social and economic activities and the relationships that exist between people and places. In the geography scheme of work reference is made to the local area, the United Kingdom, Europe and the wider world with studies at local, national, international and global scale.
- To introduce students to geographical enquiry and develop problem-solving and investigative skills.
In order to achieve this aim geography lessons involve strategies for teaching students to ask questions and pursue a ‘route to enquiry’. A range of intellectual and practical skills is taught such as: observation, measurement, information selection, interpretation, synthesis, decision-making, and problem solving.
Graphical skills are taught including graph selection and presentation, mapwork, sketching and diagrammatic representation.
Fieldwork is used to teach some of these skills previously mentioned. Ampleforth's location on the North York Moors is a unique and significant advantage. Few schools have the opportunity to utilise and complete independent fieldwork in such a beautiful and environment that is so close to the school grounds.