Year 10 Geography Fieldwork

Students in Year 10 have just completed their second and final fieldwork for their GCSE Geography course, where they visited the Holderness Coast to study the interaction between human and physical geography. Mr Price shared the geographical details:
“Students had to undertake a range of fieldwork techniques to gather data to answer the question ‘Does hard engineering control longshore drift at Hornsea?’.  They began with a groyne analysis where they had to measure the sediment either side of a number of groynes to see whether sediment was being trapped by this hard engineering technique. They then were able to measure the speed and direction of longshore drift with the use of a highly technical piece of geographical apparatus – the orange. This was thrown into the sea and tracked as it moved along the coast over a period of 20 minutes, clearly showing the process of longshore drift in action.
In addition to fieldwork, there was time for students to observe, in the real world, coastal landforms they have studied in lessons. Students got up close to cliffs, stacks, arches and stumps as well as walking over a wave cut platform. They were also able to see first hand the impact of implementing coastal management on one part of the coastline on another by witnessing terminal groyne syndrome where management stopped at the end of the beach at Hornsea.”