Year 11 GCSE Geography Field Trip
On Friday the 30th of September, the 86 GCSE Geography Students set off for the New Forest – a National Park covering south-west Hampshire, extending into east Wiltshire and towards east Dorset.
Most of the students were quite excited – after having had a great time in Slapton during year 10, everybody’s hopes were high despite the early departure time of 7am.
The two groups of geographers took different routes, which incorporated the coast and some of the rural settlements. We were surprised to see ponies and other animals roaming freely around the New Forest. We were also struck by the beauty of the environment and the appreciation that the locals had for the area. Sustainable development is key in the New Forest, and in considering economic, social and environmental issues, we evaluated any possibility for changes in the National Park. To build upon our knowledge of National Parks and green belts, we could then compare the two and decide on the extent at which they conserve the environment but allow for economic development.
Being at the coast at Barton on Sea was definitely a highlight for many. It brought back memories of our visit to Slapton last year. We were able to feel the cool coastal wind blowing whilst looking at the sea was really one of the best parts of the trip. Our knowledge of coastal environments meant that we were able to identify the processes at work and how the coastline was being managed. Our teachers had set up resources in advance – and by using ‘sparkpage’ we could create our own “information page” describing what we were are able to see at the bay. Using different forms of media to do this not only helped us see the coastline from a different perspective, but will also mean that in the future we are able to associate what we have learnt with what we have actually seen.
We also went to visit a landform called a spit. Most of us knew how a spit formed and what it is – but reading about one and seeing one is quite different. Most of us didn’t even realise when we were standing on the spit, but after knowing that we were able to identify all the features surrounding us. This means that we can now associate all the features to physical landforms that we have seen! Even though it was raining, being able to see the landforms really helped put the things we had learnt into perspective.
While the weather may not have been great on the Friday, spirits were definitely kept high. We would like to thank all of the teachers on the trip; especially the whole of the geography department and in particular Mr Mace for organising it and for all the resources that we could access on our iPads! Once again the geography department hasn’t failed to impress us, and we hope that in the future there will be trips like this again!
Written By Vianca Shah (11K)