At the end of last term, students in Year 7 visited the River Darkwater in the New Forest to complete a study of how the river changes along the length of its long profile. The investigation followed topics studied in class about the erosional power of the river and the way the river creates different landforms. Students measured features of the river such as the width and depth to enable them to draw cross-sections. They also used floats to measure the velocity of the river at three different locations to compare how this changes downstream. Students investigated how erosion may change the sediments within the river.
Back in class, they completed their investigation project by learning how to present their data in a variety of ways and thinking how they could analyse and interpret the data that they collected.
Meanwhile, the Jurassic Coast was the destination for a Year 8 Geography field trip. In class, the students had been looking at how waves form and how the erosional power of the sea creates a variety of interesting landforms. Students had a really informative session with the Lulworth Rangers who explained how the up-tilted geology has led to the formation of Lulworth Cove and other interesting landforms. After a picnic lunch, students walked down the coastal path to the impressive sight of Durdle Door, a famous natural arch made of Portland limestone. The weather was wonderful and everyone enjoyed the stunning scenery and energetic walk up the coastal path from Durdle Door.
This invaluable experience was clear to see in their informative Jurassic Coast projects.