Isaac, Y9 student:
” Last week the year ten Geography students along with teachers Paul, JP, Jenny Clark and Jenni Bowden went on a field trip to Wales.
This was extremely helpful as it meant that we were able to experience first-hand the type of fieldwork and knowledge needed for our exam next year as well as being an excellent experience that was enjoyed by all of the students and an excellent team building exercise. We were lucky enough to be able to travel to a vibrant nature reserve and to the sandy beaches of Porthcawl to study coastal defences for our physical geography. We also asked people about their personal experiences and opinions in and about the city for our human geography. All of these exercises were interactive and fun, we even got to eat lunch by the sea!
A typical day consisted of us waking up at 7ish for an 8ish breakfast and a 9:15-10: 00-morning session in which we were given the general overview of the day. We then took off and did fieldwork until around 5:00 and had dinner at 6:00. We then had a break before our final lesson which was from 7:00-8:00 to conclude our fieldwork.
Overall, it was a very enjoyable and enriching experience that was only made possible by our very helpful and supporting staff.”
Rachel R, Y9 student:
” Between the 18th and 22nd of June, we went to the Margam Discovery Centre to do fieldwork for our geography GCSEs. We had one day of human geography and one of physical geography. For the human geography, we went to several parts of Swansea to investigate the quality of life. This was very interesting because we learned how different factors like noise levels and how much litter there is plays a role in the quality of life. After we got back for the discovery centre, we looked at key terminology like accuracy, reliability and representation and saw how our data fit those guidelines. It is a very useful skill that will definitely help with exams next year!
The next day, we did physical geography in Porthcawl. We got to measure the beach (we used this data to make beach profile diagrams!) and compare sea defences. We learned which sea defences work best for erosion, longshore drift and protecting the land. We also learned that land use affects the land’s value, that’s sure to get us extra marks in our exam!
Overall, the geography trip was not only educational but fun. I liked sharing a dorm with my friends, seeing the animals such as various breeds of Deer around the Discovery Centre and walking around new environments. We even got to survey local people to see how they like Swansea! “