Year 11 Geography Field Trip Explores Shrewsbury And Carding Mill Valley
On Monday 30 September 2019, 62 intrepid Year 11 Geography GCSE pupils travelled to Preston Montford, one of the Field Studies Council’s specialist outdoor centres.
Lying close to the Welsh border, to the west of Shrewsbury in Shropshire, the field centre is a fantastic outdoor classroom where the pupils were able to put into practise the geographical field skills they have been studying in the classroom. The two-day trip supported the geographical investigations modules that pupils undertake within their Geography GCSE.
Pupils spent one day exploring human geography topics, investigating urban dynamic areas by comparing the quality of life in the Castlefields and Radbrook Green districts of the county town of Shrewsbury. As part of their investigations they completed questionnaires and took photographs which they will put together with secondary data sources to complete their analysis. They then spent a rainy second day investigating physical geography topics in Carding Mill Valley, near the Long Mynd. There they surveyed the rivers, undertaking measurements and investigating the changes downstream.
Mike Taylor, Head of Geography, said, “Preston Montford is an excellent Field Centre. We had a very busy two days and the trip has given pupils an excellent head start in component 3 of their GCSE, Geographical Investigations: Fieldwork and UK Challenges.”