Sixth Form Geography pupils enjoy a wet weekend in Devon

8th November 2021

Our 6th form Geographers enjoyed a busy weekend at Slapton Ley Field Study Centre in Devon this weekend, 6 and 7 November. The Lower & Upper 6th IB classes collected data for their forthcoming exams which included investigating the characteristics of the River Harbourne.  This was carried out in the river and before entering, the pupils donned their wellies and waterproofs for measuring key channel characteristics and then moving on to understand how these change further downstream.

Meanwhile the U6th A-level class were busy undertaking various geographical techniques to investigate changes to rural communities, key processes in the water and carbon cycles. Following on from this, they took a trip down to the coast to learn about coastal management.

All in all, it was a busy weekend but everyone had a good time and kept in high spirits.  Once finished each had gained a good geographical knowledge of the local Devon lanscapes. Harry Naylor in the Upper Sixth summarized the weekend’s ventures:  “Over the weekend, the L6th and U6th geographers travelled to Slapton in Devon to conduct some fieldwork in preparation for upcoming coursework and exams. Fieldwork is such an important part of geography as it allows for techniques learnt to be put into practice. The weather was kind, which was fortunate, as most of the time was spent in the river taking measurements including the width, depth, perimeter and gradient. It was hard work, but good fun, and it was great to see the river we are learning about it the classroom, in person. At the end of the trip, Mr Campbell and Mrs Thorpe organised a geography quiz, which everyone really enjoyed.”

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