Geography Trips and Activities
The Department has a rich tradition in providing Geography related trips to enhance pupil’s learning. In Year 7, all pupils are taken for an orientation walk in the local area and in particular Weston Hills where they have the opportunity to apply their map skills and familiarise themselves with aspects of local importance studied such as the effect of the bypass, the proposed wind farm in this area and new housing developments.
In Year 8, pupils start the year by carrying out an enquiry into the effects of weathering on gravestones in St Mary’s Church in Baldock. In addition, all pupils go to North Norfolk for a day in the summer term where aspects of coastal deposition, erosion, protection and fieldwork techniques are studied as is a survey of Holt as a comparison to Baldock.
In Year 9, we will be looking to establish essential field skills required at GCSE.
In their GCSE years, the highlight is a trip to Iceland which makes a massive contribution to providing real case study material for use in their exam as well as the fun and excitement of seeing and going into and on top of glaciers in the area and visiting other spectacular sites. This trip has particular importance to the ‘Ice on the Land’ and ‘Restless Earth’ units that our Year 11s will be studying and the ‘Glacial Landscapes of the UK’ and ‘Natural Hazards’ units that our Year 10s will be exploring.
In addition, there will be a day trip specifically geared to preparing our Year 10 pupils for their ‘Geographical Applications’ paper where they will be examined on their understanding of enquiry skills and a piece of fieldwork they have completed. The trip will entail elements of both physical and human geography which in the past has looked at aspects of local geography in North Herts to the North Norfolk Coast or Ely.
At 6th Form, we have a residential trip to the Blencathra Field Studies Centre in Cumbria where pupils have the opportunity to explore the Cumbrian coast, the effects of glaciation on the Lake District National Park and the changing urban environments.
In addition all Year 7-10 pupils will have the opportunity to attend Worldwise Quiz Club where they will have the opportunity to compete at the Geographical Association’s Worldwise Quiz at Long Road Sixth Form College every November.