Rivers and Regeneration
Nearly half of the Upper Fifth are studying GCSE Geography and they set off for their fieldwork trip to Juniper Hall Field Centre to put into practice the qualitative and quantitative geographical skills they have learned in the classroom.
They spent two busy, fun and informative days learning about both physical and human aspects of geography which will be of great help in preparing for their GCSE exam in the Summer Term.
Upper Fifth girl, Angelica reports on the trip,
“After we arrived in the late afternoon, we were immediately shown to our respective rooms which accommodated between three and ten people. This was a very welcome experience as we were allowed to request to be with our friends and the change in routine and different surroundings was very enjoyable. Having enjoyed a delicious hot supper and a tour around the grounds of the estate, it was time to start our lessons. During the evening session, we prepared for the next day and learned about the structure of an investigation and the different techniques we would be using in order to measure various physical characteristics of the river.
Unfortunately, we woke up to a gloomy, rainy day. However, this did not dampen our spirits and in fact motivated us to work more efficiently during the course of the time spent outside. We visited three different sites on the River Tillingbourne and measured the width, depth, and flow velocity at each location in order to compare and analyse the data we collected so that we could see patterns and how the profile of the river changes as we travelled further downstream. This was particularly interesting at Abinger Hammer as we were able to see how our human and physical geography linked together by studying the ways that the river had been managed so as to not negatively impact the surrounding village.
When we got back to the Field Centre, we recommenced our lessons in order to prepare for the next day focusing on human geography fieldwork. We travelled to Dorking and looked at different sites in the town that had undergone regeneration and others that are subject to regeneration plans in the near future. We analysed photos, considered the environmental impact of trains and the number of cars and carried out a survey with people in the town centre. We asked the public about their opinions of the ‘Transform Leatherhead’ scheme, and whether they agreed with the changes that had taken place or were going to. After completing the survey, we had a few hours to do some Christmas shopping before finally making our way back home to Downe!”
Fieldwork is an important part of studying geography and the Geography Department ensures that each year group has an opportunity to experience fieldwork within their studies.