Last week, our geographers visited two sites on the Yorkshire coast: Flamborough Head to take readings at the impressive chalk cliffs, followed by Mappleton on the Holderness coast, where the boulder clay slumps into the North Sea.


The trip gave our Derwent and Arkwright geographers the chance to consider how geology affects the landforms and coastal processes operating.  The students collected their own data, including beach transects to examine the size and shape of the sediment, wave recordings to work out frequency and drift as well as using a clinometer to use trigonometry to calculate cliff heights. Their excellent observations and data collection will support their learning for Paper 1 when they will be tested on coasts directly, as well as other physical Geography topics and also Paper 3 when they will be asked about collecting fieldwork data, the reliability of their work and their main findings in the practical paper.


To help students make the most of this data collection activity, lessons on our return will focus on writing up key findings and evaluating all the data collected.


Both year groups were exceptionally well behaved, good company for the day and all showed they were capable of a high level of understanding.