Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Landscape in a Box

As part of their work on the Fantastic Places topic students in Year 7 have researched their own choice of landscape. For homework the students made models of their chosen landscapes and prepared a talk about the landscape for their classmates. A selection of their finished models can be seen below.


Barton Hills River Study

On Tuesday 11th March Year 11 and 12 Geography students visited Barton Hills Nature Reserve in Bedfordshire. On the visit the students carried out a practical investigation into the chalk stream there, investigating aspects such as cross-sectional area, discharge and sediment types.

The students used a range of specialist equipment, such as flow and pH meters, to gather data for their investigations. They also practised their field sketching skills and learnt about the area's geological history as part of the Chilterns.

An enjoyable and productive day was had by all. The GCSE students are have subsequently written about their investigation for the controlled assessment, while the AS students have used their own findings to help them prepare for next term's examinations.


Flood Management in Milton Keynes

On Wednesday 12th February our Year 12 Geography students visited Willen and Caldecotte Lakes in Milton Keynes. On the visit we investigated the hard engineering strategies that have been put in place to protect the Milton Keynes from flooding.

The students made notes about the flood defences in use and despite the blustery conditions managed to draw field sketches and maps which they have since used to produce a case study of river management.


The Big Bang 2014

Here are some photos of our visit to this year's Big Bang Fair which was held at the NEC in Birmingham. The students had the opportunity to learn more about careers in science and engineering, take part in hands-on activities and see live shows such as Stefan Gates' 'Gastronaut Extreme'.