During the summer term, the Year 11 GCSE class went out on residential fieldwork up to Borth and Aberystwyth in north Ceredigion. Working in groups for the physical geography element, they used a range of equipment to measure a number of coastal features and processes and were able to compare two different parts of the coastline that have been influenced by coastal defence work. They measured and recorded some basic data such as beach width, pebble size and pebble shape as well as more complex data including the % coverage of different types of sediment along the beach, wave frequency and gradient. For the human geography element they collected a range of quantitative and qualitative data including traffic flows, pedestrian counts, bipolar environmental surveys as well as questioning the locals about their shopping (and parking!) habits.
As well as ‘getting their hands dirty’ (and their feet wet!) by carrying out the research themselves, they were also able to develop their wider skills including identifying processes and connections in data, representing and communicating their findings and reviewing their outcomes. They have also demonstrated abilities in using number, measuring and data skills. They are currently writing up their data portfolio as part of the preparation for their GCSE Non-Examined Assessment (NEA), which will contribute 20% towards their final grade at the end of Year 11. Some examples of this work will be on shown on the displays in the bottom block towards the end of the Autumn term.
This fieldtrip is always really popular and the weather this year made it even more so! It also provides a useful opportunity to bring some often quite tricky concepts and ideas ‘to life’ – which as well as providing information for their NEA will also prove invaluable in their terminal exams. As always, the pupils were an absolute credit to the department and the school.