Written by Mr Ward
Geography students, in Year 10, took part in their fieldwork enquiry this term. They visited Ainsdale beach and Salford Quays on 22nd and 23rd June 2021 to complete the work needed. The field trip enquiry forms part of the GCSE assessment, and so students were tasked with collecting data to test a hypothesis. Half of the year made the journey to Ainsdale beach on Tuesday, with the other half going on Wednesday.
The young geographers investigated whether the amount of vegetation increases as you move inland and away from the sea. Ainsdale blessed us with glorious sunshine on Tuesday, and students worked excellently in groups to collect and record their data. Whilst students were equally as exemplary on Wednesday, the weather was not, and students did really well to collect their data with a barrage of sideways rain. However, the deluge was a welcome relief to the staff, who had varying degrees of sunburn from Tuesday! It may be June, but it wouldn’t be a real geography trip without some levels of precipitation (and the pure elation of students when they found a frog on the beach on Tuesday!)
Upon completion of their work on Ainsdale beach, it was back to the coach. Deluges of sand were tipped from trainers, and sore calf muscles were rested after scaling the multitude of sand dunes before we set off for the afternoon task at Salford Quays.
Our geography case study looks at Salford Quays as an example of urban regeneration, so after completing a topic on this it was great to stand on the quayside and explain to students where industry once was and allow them to take in the changes visually.
In Salford, students investigated the impacts of regeneration on the urban area. They completed a land use map to assess the amount of leisure and entertainment facilities in each part of the development. Snaking through the crowds of Media City employees, and spotting the odd newsreader, students worked really well in examining the impacts of urban regeneration first hand.
We then sat outside the Lowry for an Al Fresco lunch, where gladly it was brighter on Wednesday, which allowed us all to dry off. Once again, spreading out across two coaches to uphold covid restrictions we are heading back to school with data in hand, which we will present and examine in many ways. It was a brilliant two days and great to be able to take students out to experience geography first hand -“There is no wifi in the forest, but you will find a better connection.”