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Year 12 Geographers Discovery of the North Sea Coast

13 July 2022

During the week of Monday 04 July, A-level Geography students in Year 12 took part in an exciting 5-day residential trip to FSC Flatford Mill in Suffolk. The location was particularly special in that students stayed in a medieval farmhouse on the unique site featured in John Constable’s infamous painting, ‘The Hay Wain’.

The packed schedule of activities for the week included opportunities for students to carry out geographical fieldwork and explore a range of diverse environments, including the town of Colchester, the rural village of Dedham and the coastal area of Walton-on-the-Naze.

Geography topics investigated included coastal erosion, landforms, social inequalities and sense of place. This was followed by evening lessons where students learned how to analyse and interpret the data they had collected in each location, including using digital GIS software to create their own maps.

By the end of the week, students were able to design their own geographical investigations and collect data for their NEA coursework which contributes 20% to their overall A-level grade.

Ms Baulcomb, Subject Leader for Geography at Westminster City School Sixth Form said:

“Fieldwork is vitally important to our learning in Geography at Westminster City School, and it was so rewarding to see our students thrive while learning in a practical way outside of the classroom.

"It was also amazing to see their confidence build each day as they explored new and unfamiliar landscapes and deepened their understanding of the geographical processes going on around them. They all worked really hard – we are immensely proud of what they have achieved in just one week!”

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