Mr Nathan Woolmer - Geography Teacher
The Geography Department aims to:
*Introduce pupils to a wide variety of places, world processes, cultures and skills.
*Help pupils appreciate where they are and to be interested in the world immediately around them.
*Let pupils experience aspects of other countries and cultures, especially if they are different to their own area.
*Develop an awareness of environmental change and a need for sustainable development and protection for a world with a delicate climate and finite resources.
Pupils spend their time studying a wide range of different topics. Pupils have a chance to explore their local area, develop their map reading skills and understand where they are in a global context. Pupils explore the wide diversity of the tropical rainforests and delve into survival techniques needed for hot and cold deserts. Pupils study how their food is produced through farming and work out how to live as a farmer who grows only enough food to feed their own family. Pupils consider current issues of Fairtrade and use the information to inform their choices in clothing and food. Pupils travel (in the classroom) to Italy, sampling food, language and music and explore the impacts of water on the coast and in rivers.
Pupils have access to a range of resources and the topics that are taught often incorporate kinaesthetic learning styles. There is a strong element of the experimental, with pupils completing work and learning new things through experiments both inside and outside the classroom.
At St. Anthony's we try to conduct a field trip for each topic to support the learning that takes places within the classroom. Geography is all about the world around us and so pupils should experience just that – the world around them.
Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award
Pupils achieve an Award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections:
To inspire young people to make a difference within their communities or to an individual’ s life and develop compassion by giving service to others.
In order to complete this section pupils have worked with the National Trust to look after an area of heathland within the South Downs National Park.
To inspire young people to achieve greater physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle through participation and improvement in physical activity.
To complete this section pupils have taken part in kayak sessions at Cobnor Activity Centre, Chidham.
To inspire young people to develop practical and social skills and personal interests.
Pupils have completed this section during their Food Technology lessons learning to plan, prepare and serve a variety of meals, snacks and drinks.
To inspire young people to develop initiative and a sense of adventure and discovery, by planning, training for and completing an adventurous journey as part of a team.
The expedition involves two days of exploring the local area combined with an overnight camp, where pupils put up their tents and cook their own food.
- Learn about their community and feel a sense of belonging and purpose.
- Learn to take responsibility for their communities and their own actions.
- Build new relationships.
- Further understand their own strengths and weaknesses.
- Develop teamwork and leaderships skills.
- Trust others and be trusted and enjoy new adventures.
A new initiative introduced to enrich pupil’s education and offering them the chance to take part in activities linked with different subject departments on various days throughout the academic year.
The Geography department has offered pupils the chance to take part in a series of Cycle Rides to places like Itchenor, West Dean and Chichester Harbour.