Year 12 geographers charted the course of a river during a three-day residential in Norfolk. The group recorded detailed data to compile charts and graphs to be used as case studies for their exams. The 15 students stayed at Overstrand Hall and had the services of an onsite environmentalist, who accompanied them to the activities along with teachers Mrs Coombe and Mr Glesinger. He said: ‘The students carried out studies on the River Glaven applying their geographical knowledge in a practical setting. They were testing a Bradshaw model so they measured the wetter perimeter, the velocity and the material in the river across the long profile to see how its characteristics changed the closer they were to the river’s mouth.
‘Although A Level students don’t have coursework they still have to collect data as they are examined on fieldwork, risk assessments and methodology as well as how they analyse and present their data. We had Storm Katie the week before the residential so the river was quite full leading to some good results.’
Student Megan Brown said: ‘On the way we stopped in the Fens and learned about drainage and land reclamation. At Overstrand we saw the coastal protection measures like rock armour, gabions, a massive sea wall plus revetments and groynes to stop long shore drift where sand gets washed away to the neighbouring beach. During our river studies we split into two groups and each went to five different sites along the upper and lower course of the river so we could track how it changes.
'It involved a lot of data gathering and in the evening we were on the computers making graphs and charts with the measurements. It was good to see things from the text books in real life. On the last day we went to Cromer pier and paddled in the sea. A highlight for me was the second day because I really enjoyed collecting the data and doing graphs in the evening. The trip was so much fun and we took lots of photographs. I am now planning to do geography as a career and am looking at degree courses involving geography in some way, such as with business management, real estate planning or alongside international relations.’