Albany Students Study the Landscape

Albany Academy Year 11 students took part in a two day Geography Field trip to Hothersall Lodge on the 28th and 29th of September. The purpose of the visit was for the pupils to collect data ahead of their GCSE controlled assessment. The pupils studied the River Wyre from its source downstream as far as St Michaels. They noted the changes to the channel as a river moves downstream, including its width, depth, and velocity.

Forty two, GCSE Geography students attended and were aided by fantastic weather. The pupils were very enthusiastic about collecting the data and worked really well in their groups. They also learned social skills, as they had jobs to do whilst staying on the residential trip such as preparing supper for the group or setting tables for breakfast.

The visit is a key part of their GCSE course. The pupils will now be required to spend some time during their lessons writing up their findings. These will include producing and analysing graphs based on the data they collected. This work will contribute to 25% of their GCSE Geography grade.

Mrs Staniforth, who organised the field trip said, “All of our pupils worked very hard for the full two days. It was great to be outside seeing Geography happen in the real world rather than in the classroom. The weather was very kind to us once again this year, which makes the trip even more memorable.”

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