Collecting data in the sun!
Another large group of Year 10 geographers travelled to North Norfolk on Monday 13th May to collect data for the Geographical Skills element of the GCSE Geography exams. We left BHGS early and arrived for an early lunch at Cley-next-the-Sea Nature Reserve. We enjoyed fantastic views across the beautiful fresh water marshland towards the sea. The girls were also able to learn about the ecology of the area by visiting the small museum. Then it was off to the beach to collect data on pebble size and shape and also measure the beach profile to help investigate whether there are distinctive beach characteristics at Cley-next-the-Sea. Everyone worked in small groups to collect the data needed. The fact the sun was shining obviously helped! Even the ‘pasta babies’ (*) helped collect data!
We arrived at Sheringham Youth Hostel in time to unpack before enjoying home-cooked food for dinner. After dinner there was time for a walk into Sheringham to view the sea defences and enjoy playing on the beach.
The sun was still shining on Tuesday morning and it was off to Sheringham to collect data to investigate whether the number of people is greater near the sea front in a resort town. This involved a pedestrian count at different locations and a retail transect to plot the resort and non-resort shops and services. Sheringham is a quaint market town and attracts thousands of visitors every year.
On the way back to school, we stopped for lunch at Overstrand and saw the unusual zigzag groynes and multiple sea defences, which help to protect this pretty tourist settlement.
Thank you to Mrs James, Mrs Langston, Mrs Coleman and Mrs Newberry for helping to make the fieldtrip such a great success.
(*) Austin’s latest charity fundraising activity in May 2019