27th-29th March 2019
Writing: Rebecca Fogarty (Year 12)
Photography: Rebecca Fogarty & Max Skelton (Year 12)
Editing: Noami Kaplunov (Year 12)
On the 27th of March, all Year 12 geographers ventured to Magdalen Farm, an outdoor study centre in Dorset, to prove once and for all that A Level Geography is much more than just colouring in (or, as our teachers call it, 'professional rendering').
We spent day one on Chesil Beach, a 29km barrier beach, analysing its geological profile by sampling the size and type of beach sediment. We proved that longshore drift can occur against the prevailing wind direction. Surprisingly, Chesil Beach is an open system, replenishing sediment from other nearby sediment cells. Despite having packed for hurricanes, blizzards and torrential downpours, we were lucky enough to bask in 18-degree weather and needed sun cream and sun hats. Unfortunately, our choice of Arsenal football caps was not appreciated by Mr Bushe, a devoted Manchester United fan!
On our second day, we visited West Bay, where we carried out field sketches and used pantometers and dumpy levels to construct accurate beach cross sections and a topographical map. These skills will help us to carry out our own personal investigations for our coursework and made us appreciate the detailed science behind documenting maps and how landscapes evolve.
Special thanks to the Geography team and those at Magdalen Farm for organising the field trip.