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Geography Fieldtrip

North Yorkshire was the destination of GMS geographers, on Friday 10th Sept. After a long journey, the students and staff reached Cranedale Centre in Kirby Grindalythe.
The first piece of fieldwork, on the day of arrival, was on the water and carbon cycle of the local area; the students were keen and eager to get involved, calculating the carbon content of the vegetation, infiltration rates etc.
The second day involved a journey to the nearby Selwicks Bay, part of the Flamborough Headland. Here hard hats were donned for the sheltered beach where amazing land forms such as caves, arches and stacks had formed: heads had to be protected!. Next, there was an investigation into how the coastal processes had impacted on the beach at Selwicks Bay, by looking at the beach profile and sediment size.
Day three took the geographers to Scarborough, a once famous seaside resort. Here, the impact of deprivation on the town, and the features that indicated deprivation were  to show this was explored. Our GMS students did a fantastic job further exploring the town and locations that clearly showed some deprivation, but also some evidence of rejuvenation.
The final morning in North Yorkshire was spent local to the Cranedale Centre, where the students completed a ‘mystery bucket’ challenge. Here the students were given a set of equipment, asked to come up with their own investigation title and design how they were going to collect the data. This was an invaluable exercise that will help them to design their own investigation for their NEA.
It was a fantastic and enjoyable trip, that provided good field learning, as well as some lifelong memories.
GMS thanks our staff leaders and the staff of the centre for giving the students a personal, memorable experience that will also help them succeed in their exams.
Many thanks to Vicki Coates for supplying this write-up.
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