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Year 7 geographers visit FSC Juniper Hall for Rivers Fieldwork

On Friday 5th May, Year 7 travelled to FSC Juniper Hall in Surrey for a day of Rivers Fieldwork. For many this was their first Geography fieldtrip experience, and we were fortunate that the weather stayed mostly dry.

In the morning pupils were introduced to the aims of the day and received expert tuition from the FSC Juniper Hall staff on the River Tillingbourne and the data collection techniques we would be using. Mr Roberts and I were both very impressed with their positive engagement and excellent participation in discussions in this classroom session.

Our investigation question for the day was ‘How does the River Tillingbourne change as you travel downstream?’ and to collect data for this, pupils visited three sites; Abinger Hammer village, Crossways Farm and Gomshall. They measured the width, depth and velocity at each location, whilst reflecting on the strengths and limitations of the methods they were using.

Pupils will now have a couple of follow up lessons in school on this fieldwork, which also supports the Rivers and Flooding topic we are currently studying.

My thanks to Mr Roberts, Mrs Rowell and our minibus drivers for helping to make the day a success.

Miss Shaw
Head of Geography