On Friday, 4th March Ysgol Gyfun Emlyn’s  A-level Geography pupils went on a fieldwork trip to investigate the river flood defences along the River Tawe, Swansea.  The trip included a guided tour of the defences by Gareth Richards from Natural Resources Wales and pupils analysed how sustainable the strategies are using data they collected.


Fieldwork allows pupils to develop their understanding of the subject and it helps them to improve their investigation skills.  It is also a wonderful way of seeing the world and a chance for personal development. Doing fieldwork can make a difference to your life and future career.

Some of the benefits of doing fieldwork include:

  • Seeing geography and theories come to life: improving your knowledge of geography and understanding
  • Developing your skills: giving you a chance to learn skills in data collection and analysis, map work, observational and investigative skills, computer and technology skills, communication and mathematical skills
  • Appreciating environments: giving you a chance to experience and enjoy a wide range of environments and landscapes
  • Opinions and views: it helps you to understand other peoples and cultures, and your own views about social, political or environmental issues
  • Taking responsibility for your learning, gaining confidence and develop your skills: such as leadership and teamwork
  • It is enjoyable


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