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Students Like to Study at the Seaside

Mrs Cole, Head of Humanities, reports:

Year 11 Geography students had the opportunity to try out and practise their fieldwork skills on our fieldtrip to Swanage in Dorset last week. Seventy five students took part and we had a productive two days working on different fieldwork methods.

We were investigating the natural processes at work in Swanage Bay, as well as the impact of tourism on the area. Students were also challenged to find out how Swanage Bay is being managed and whether or not sea defences are economically justified in the area.

The students worked really well on the different tasks and staff were really pleased with all their efforts. We enjoyed an overnight stay in Swanage Youth Hostel, which was exciting for the students. We are now working on the skills we use in Geography to present, analyse, conclude and evaluate our findings. All these skills are assessed in the final examinations next summer.

We hope the experience was memorable and will enable all our students a better understanding of the different fieldwork techniques Geographers use to investigate different questions.

 Well done to all for a thoroughly enjoyable trip!