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Geography Slapton field trip

Our Year 11 students got to go on their KS4 field trip to Slapton Ley Field Centre in Devon, which is situated next to the largest natural freshwater lake in the West Country, and has an unusual and dramatic coastal location.  Students carried out fieldwork on the coast of Slapton Sands, studying and researching whether longshore drift was evident on the coastline.  We carried out two surveys; a beach profile and a sediment size survey. These were to test the hypothesis that the beach will get wider as you move northwards.

 

Day two was a day of Human field work in Plymouth, studying the success of recent urban regeneration projects in the Devonport area. In addition to this students carried out physical field work studying the coastal processes that take place along an area called Slapton Sands. 

 

In Plymouth students undertook a series of different field work activities.  They visited the Royal William Shipyard to carry out environmental quality surveys and observed how the area has been transformed into a commercial success with bars and restaurants attracting visitors and new residents to the area.  After visiting the shipyard, students visited an area called Stonehouse, a residential area that has been regenerated to meet the needs of locals and to stop the process of gentrification. Here students carried out a series of surveys ranging from Environmental quality surveys to land use surveys. 

For some of our Year 11 students, this was their first experience of an overnight away without parents and carers and Mr Quirke, Head of Geography said

our students embraced the independence, new experiences and changes to routine, and showed great maturity.  And, we were blessed with fabulous weather for the field work!