Year 13 Geography students were in Blencathra (Lake District) last week to collect data for their Independent Investigation, this is students’ coursework which is worth 20% of A Level Geography. Students were introduced to a range of fieldwork techniques at the beginning of the week which they adapted to suit their individual coursework titles and then collected their own data in Easedale or Keswick at the end of the week. The Geography Department is incredibly proud of how Year 13 worked on the trip – their enthusiasm, diligence, good humour, team spirit and resilience (particularly in the wind and rain) was outstanding! If students approach their coursework write-up with the same energy and passion as they did last week, these are set to be outstanding pieces of work. Well done Year 13! Miss Clarke. Mr Poolman.
Here is a reflection from Savannah and Amelia:
What an excellent week! From the views of Easedale tarn to the downpour in Keswick, the Year 13 geographers never failed to have a laugh. We began the week with workshops from experts in the industry followed by a rewarding hike up the valley for pilot studies to be carried out. As part of our human geography fieldwork, land use surveys and questionnaires were conducted in Keswick. We’ve developed an array of skills; from assessing clone towns and rephotography to using callipers and clinometers to measure rock size and gradient. Some even went above and beyond to investigate their peers’ head sizes! Overall, after too much tea and just enough thermal layers, we got through the week with many asking when we can go back again! Big thanks to the Geography Department and the brilliantly accommodating staff at FSC Blencathra.