Pupils at The Romsey School recently enjoyed an enrichment weekend on the Jurassic Coast during which they got a taste for A Level Geography in the great outdoors.
The group was based in the Studland area which boasts many awards including a Site of Special Scientific Interest designation and is home to all 7 British reptiles.
The first task for pupils was to collect data on how the vegetation progresses through the dunes. After this was completed they headed to Leeson House Field Studies Centre to complete their first classroom session. Here pupils learnt how to construct kite diagrams which was a new skill for both them and their teachers!
On the following day, after the rain had cleared, pupils were able to conduct their river fieldwork. To undertake this they travelled from the upper course to the middle course of the river. Working in groups, pupils measured the velocity, width and depth of the river and managed their way through various tasks. There followed a trip to Corfe Castle.
In the evening after a final classroom session there was a bonfire, songs, games and toasted marshmallows; it was the perfect end to a fantastic day.
The final day was spent at Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove where pupils got to see the awe inspiring erosional features of the coastline basked in sunshine. Mr Bettiss, trip leader remarked that, “The 16 pupils we took away with us were amazing; they represented the school superbly and were a sheer delight to spend the weekend with’.