Bede’s Geography pupils learn practical skills in the Isle of Wight

April 27, 2017

During the Easter holidays, Bede’s Lower Sixth Geographers enjoyed a three-night field trip to the Medina Valley Centre on the Isle of Wight.

Bede’s Head of Geography, Mrs Catherine Buckler said ‘We had two key days of data collection where the pupils developed a range of skills that they will need for their personal investigations for A Level exams.  The first day was spent with the pupils mapping land use in Ventnor town using a GIS system on iPads. Once back at the centre, the students then amalgamated one another’s data together onto one larger map, with some fascinating results!’

‘We also managed to complete 65 public questionnaires as a group, with the pupils asking the opinions of local people about various regeneration schemes that have occurred in the town before collating and analysing the data back in the classroom.’

‘The following day then saw us all spending a glorious sunny day in Freshwater Bay on the south coast of the island, learning about techniques related to Physical Geography fieldwork.  We focused on coastal techniques in particular, as this is a key area of investigation that Bede’s pupils can use for their own investigations while taking advantage of East Sussex’s local beaches.  The pupils completed beach profiles and pebble samples, as well as investigating the quality and efficacy of coastal management techniques, before wrapping up the course with some statistical testing of the data that we had collected.’

The pupils are now in a strong position to use the skills that they have learned to plan of their own independent investigations later in the summer term.