Year 12 geographers spent five days in north Wales studying phenomena such as pebble erosion, river flows and rainfall. Each day was devoted to a different area of study and began with a quick theory session in the classroom before the students headed out into the hills and valleys armed with scientific equipment to measure data.
The students made analyses in the evening, often working until 9.30 at night to record their findings, which will form the basis of reports for their Unit 2 examinations. Both geography and biology students went on the trip to the Field Studies Council centre near Betws-y-Coed.
Head of Geography Mark Bidwell said: ‘The students were investigating a variety of things, like interception rates which is the amount of rainfall that is caught up in vegetation so it doesn’t reach the ground. They also measured long-shore drift on a beach in Criccieth using chronometers and ranging poles. The week involved a fair bit of getting wet and muddy but the weather was glorious. The activity that was most fun was probably when we walked down the river for a kilometre and a half and measured it at various different points.’
Student Rachel Robertson said: ‘It was intense but it meant that we put a lot of theory that we learn in the classrooms into practice, conducting experiments that will be easy to remember for the examination.’
James Henderson added: ‘A lot of the trip involved teamwork to get the results, either in pairs or between all ten of us. There was quite a lot of bonding. Geography is fascinating because it is about explaining and discovering things that you see every day.’