Year 11 Geography Fieldwork - Leysdown
The Year 11 Geography classes went on a trip to the Isle of Sheppey for their fieldwork. On the trip, the students had to complete a workbook as well as a questionnaire for local people. This experience was definitely successful as it helped students improve their fieldwork skills as well as putting their knowledge of beaches and beach defences to the test.
The students’ destination for their fieldwork was Leysdown-by-the-sea. Once the students arrived, they had to complete a test on the size of different natural materials, such as rocks, to determine the rate of erosion happening at the site. The students found that the rounder the stone, the more eroded the stone is. Next, the students had an informative session about different types of erosion by their effect by studying a soft clay cliff, which was at risk of slumping. This led them to drawing and annotating their own version of the scene, where they had to point out all the different features of the cliff. After that, each student had to rate the different beach defences and learn, first-hand, their benefits and draw-backs. This really consolidated their understanding of the different structures, such as groynes and sea-walls.
The students also learnt about local residents by completing a questionnaire in the High Street. This was highly enjoyable and it was a welcome break from the windy coastline.
The entire trip was very rewarding as it helped students understand the different theories as to why beaches form as well as other techniques. This is definitely a trip worth looking forward to, for current Year 10 Geography Students!