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Geography Field Trips for Years 12, 10, 8 and 7

13 Jun 24

Students from Year 12, 10, 8 and 7 have been on various Geography field trips over the last couple of weeks, exploring Felixstowe, Aldeburgh, Dunwich and Ufford.

Miss Gill, our Head of Geography, reports on the findings, learnings and techniques explored.

Miss Gill, Head of Geography

The chance of sunshine (and showers) means that Geographers have been out and about doing various field trips over the past few weeks in various locations, looking at matters relating to their current Geography focus and projects.

Asking questions of the real world, going out and completing field data collection, presenting findings, reaching conclusions and evaluating the whole process are vital geographical skills which transfer to many other aspects of learning.

At GCSE there are two exam questions about fieldwork and at A level, the ‘Individual Investigation’ is worth 20% of the final grade. The more familiar our students are with fieldwork techniques, the more skilled they become.

Year 12 travelled to Felixstowe, spending time on the beach as well as in the town. ‘Great Days By The Sea’ is the strapline being used to encourage visitors to the town, and we were there to see and consider how successful the rebranding strategy has been, and how keeping the beach is a vital part of the process.

Year 10 explored Aldeburgh, investigating how different coastal defences affect beach profiles and how important it is to maintain Orford Ness Spit.

Dunwich is a great location to see how coasts work and change, and Year 8 were there and had the opportunity to measure present day processes and discover how past transportation and erosion led to the ‘Lost City of Dunwich’.

Year 7 went to the wonderful meander at Ufford to measure river processes and identify features which they had been taught about in class – and of course, the trip involved emptying their wellies at the end of the trip as many OWs have done before! The recent weather hampered investigations somewhat though, particularly for one class who were actually unable to get in the water as the river was so deep and fast after rain from the night before.

Many thanks to Mrs Saagi, Mrs Stollery and the School drivers for getting us to all of these locations safely and for helping students in different ways with their fieldwork. And well done to all of our students who represented themselves and our School superbly.

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