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The Hayesbrook School

A Brook Learning Trust Academy

Year 11 Geographers' Field Trip to Reculver

On Wednesday 17 October, Mr Reader, Mr Knight, Mrs Luff and 49 GCSE Geography students in Year 11 descended on Reculver on the north Kent coast for a day’s fieldwork.

As part of the Edexcel B GCSE specification the students are expected to conduct two days of fieldwork in different landscapes. For our coastal visit we spent time looking at the coastal management in the area and investigated what impacts the amount of erosion. We found out that the geology (sandstone) in the area erodes quickly and that money has been spent to protect the Church, remains of a Roman fort and SSSI (site of specific scientific interest) parkland. Students were able to complete primary field work data collection such as beach profiling, sediment analysis, analysis of coastal defences, field sketches, wave counts, longshore drift tests and also consider land use.

Assistant Principal Mr Reader said: "It was a pleasure to take the students to such a distinctive coastline and important to take them away from the class desk to bring the Geography text book to life. This visit and data collection will really help them to understand how to write about fieldwork in their examination in 2019. It will also help them to continue to develop their interest in Geography as they start to make their choice for post 16. We were delighted that out A level Geography results were above the national average last year and we continue to see the subjects popularity continue at Hayesbrook."

The next Year 11 field work visit is on 23 January 2018 to Stratford and we look forward to planning more opportunities for other year groups to learn about Geography outside of the classroom later in the academic year.