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Derwent (Year 10) Geography fieldtrip to Flamborough Head and the Holderness Coast

Derwent (Year 10) Geography fieldtrip to Flamborough Head and the Holderness Coast

On 28th September, Derwent (Year 10) went on their GCSE Geography Fieldtrip to Flamborough Head and the Holderness Coastline.

The BBC Meteorological Office recorded the temperature on the day at Flamborough Head as 18°C, sunny and dry - perfect weather for Derwent’s Geography Fieldtrip. The students were there to investigate coastal landforms, processes and management on the North Yorkshire coast, which is their current study topic in their GCSE geography course.

The stunning white chalk cliffs at Flamborough Head were investigated first. The students were able to see and understand how the geology and erosion processes have formed the cliffs and sea-stack in the bay. Using clinometers and ranging-poles, Derwent displayed sophisticated fieldwork techniques to measure the angle and height of cliffs. Back in the classroom, they can use their maths skills of trigonometry to complete the calculations.

Derwent also measured sediment samples across the beach to test the hypothesis that beach material will get smaller and smoother towards the sea.


After the busy morning it was time for lunch and moving on to the village of Mappleton.

At Mappleton, Derwent used the same fieldwork techniques to collect data there. This was to test their hypothesis that geology can affect the shape of a coastline. It was a very different coastal location that has been significantly changed by sea defences. It is a coastline that is disappearing very quickly because of the soft rock (boulder clay) being eroded by the sea. There are many buildings and roads that have already fallen into the sea. The fieldtrip gave Derwent students the opportunity to understand how people can change the shape of the coastline. Excellent geography!

The students displayed a very mature approach to geographical investigations and collected a lot of data, which will be collated and analysed back in the classroom. Well done Derwent.

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