Year 12 trip to the Jurassic Coast

Jun 24, 2019

Angela

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Year 12 trip to the Jurassic Coast

On 9th June the current Year 12 Geographers and the Geography team took a mini bus down to Swanage to study coastal processes and to start on their NEA.

Day one involved meeting our instructor and starting to measure beach profiles, groyne management and to investigate the different coastal management, both domestic and council, which takes place along the coast. The evening session saw all students make an exceptional start to their NEAs with everyone coming up with an area of study and investigating how they can achieve an outcome through fieldwork.

Day two: Following a hearty English breakfast, students made lunch and headed to the classroom to learn about the sediment cell and Studland, the area we would be investigating. Once down at the National Trust site we carried out investigations on beach profiles, erosion rates, wave frequency, longshore drift and sand dune succession. If this wasn’t enough, we also took part in a quick beach clean-up activity and investigated the history of Studland in relation to the D-Day landing practice and saw the tank barricades which were put in place in case of an invasion during World War 2. On our return to the centre we played a quick game of football, where it turns out Miss Tonkin has serious skills scoring 5 goals and taking woman of the match! We followed this with more work on NEAs before a fun and games session in the activity hall before bed.

Day 3: A leisurely start saw us say goodbye to the centre at 10am to head to Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove, where students were awed by the physical geography of the UK, and how much climbing lots of really steep steps makes the legs burn!! Once we had completed our walk across the coastal path to Lulworth, there was time for lunch, the gift shop and huge ice creams all round before a very sleepy and quiet journey home.

Thank you year 12, we had a blast!

Keep working on the NEAs and, as always, we look forward to the next trip!

The Geography Team

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