A Day (and Data) to Remember for Geography Field Trippers
08 Oct 2021
After two years without field trips, Year 11 geographers students jumped at the chance to head to Birmingham to complete an urban field work enquiry.
About 140 students took part in the trip over three days, working in small groups to assess how the urban environment and land use changed along a transect towards the city centre.
By conducting environmental quality assessments, land use surveys and pedestrian counts, they were able to collect primary data to test their hypotheses. Students also made use of Geographical Information Systems and Apps to measure the volume of noise in the area and crime data for the different areas.
Subsequent lessons will now analyse this data to discuss and evaluate fieldwork techniques and skills to apply to their Paper 3 examinations, where they will apply these fieldwork skills to unfamiliar settings.
Head of KS4 Geography Margo Parkes said: “It was an excellent opportunity to get students back out into the field after the challenges the past two years have presented them with. Even with rain on one of the days, the students’ spirits and enthusiasm for being out of the classroom remained high and we know this opportunity will benefit them in their preparation for this exams. We all had a great time.”