Year 12 Geography Trip

Published 16 March 2023

Year 12 Geographers travelled to North Wales to complete fieldwork in preparation for their NEA (Non Exam Assessment) investigations. We arrived on Monday afternoon after a long journey up the motorway on not the most comfortable coach. As soon as we arrived, we donned our wellies and went straight out to complete an infiltration investigation around the Field Study Centre site. After a dinner, we had a classroom session which introduced the idea of the NEA to students and set up the purpose for the rest of the week. Tuesday was all about carbon. We went to Mignet Moor to calculate the depth of the peatbog in order to calculate the carbon content to be able to then compare it to woodland carbon storage – Thomas F, Max H, Euan A & Fred P got MVP (Most Valuable Player) for the day for their enthusiasm and focus, despite an evening session on statistics!

On Wednesday, we headed to Llandudno to look at some human geography data collection methods. Despite the cold weather, we had fun exploring the town looking at clone town surveys, mood mapping and non-participant observations – April, Harriet, Grace and Marco got MVP  for the day. Thursday brought about everyone’s favourite day in the mountains, looking at post glacial features. Team mascot Attenborough had a great day out and we all enjoyed a lovely picnic sat at the back of Cwm Idwal admiring the vastness of the landscape. MVPs were Eve, Thomas E, Mohammed and Ben who all gave some really good answers showing their knowledge of glacial landforms.

The students engaged with the activities really well, the FSC staff commented on how respectful and engaged they were.  Frank, Armand and Harrison got a special shout out for consistent engagement and enthusiasm throughout the week.  Students have now started to put the skills developed to use, planning their own NEA investigations.