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Year 10 and 12 at Kingswood

Defying a horrendous weather forecast, bright sunshine greeted the Year 10 and Year 12 geographers as we set off a long weekend at Kingswood in North Norfolk last Friday morning.

We were welcomed at the Lutyens-designed house by Kingswood staff including our tutor for the weekend. After acclimatising ourselves to the accommodation and enjoying Chip Friday,  we headed off to Cromer and Holt to investigate why the former has declining population numbers whilst the latter is  growing. We carried out various data collection techniques to discover environmental and social inequality as well as looking at new projects which aim to improve an area. This information allowed us to be able to compare settlements experiencing different issues.

Our destinations on the second day were Salthouse, Weybourne, Sheringham and West Runton beaches. Although cold, the sky remained blue and there was no rain! The girls worked hard collecting data to investigate the sediment changes along the beach, the impact of sea defences on erosion and mass movement at the various locations.
Our final day on Sunday was spent looking at Norwich’s regeneration and rebranding. Visiting Riverside, King Street and the city centre,  we were able to see at first hand the impact of various projects as well as collecting data in these areas.

The girls worked very hard throughout the weekend and during both day and evening.  They are to be congratulated on their excellent  work ethic and good humour, even late in the evening. The GCSE group will be using the information gathered to produce notes for their skills exam, whilst the A Level group will write a 3-4000 report for a component of their examination.

Mrs Grove

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Year 12 at Kingswood

Last Friday our Year 12 geography group headed off to Kingswood at Overstrand for a three-day field trip. Ably assisted by Mrs Grove and Kingswood’s resident tutors, the girls undertook a wide variety of practical geography tasks relating to both coastal and river environments. These included exploring coastal defences and erosion, collecting data and doing lab work at the Kingswood Centre itself, where they were able to use the Aegis program to overlap their data onto maps – a great resource.

Highlights included the lovely meals provided by Kingswood, and Mrs Grove being presented with a snorkel by those who recalled her falling into the river last year, a feat she did not repeat  (although Karen bravely got wet up to her armpits in order to collect stones for investigation!). We also had lunch in the lovely cafe at Bayfield Hall.

A great big thank you to all the staff at Kingswood Centre for their friendly welcome, great hospitality and excellent tutoring (thanks Matt and Ting).

Mrs Grove



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Year 12 visit Winterton Dunes

While many of our pupils were enjoying the Royal Norfolk Show this week, our Year 12 biologists, geographers and applied scientists visited Winterton Dunes, just north of Great Yarmouth.

It was an incredibly warm day, but the sea breeze made the temperature quite pleasant. All the girls worked very hard learning about sand dune succession and collecting data from the yellow and grey dunes. All of the information will be used for their exams.

They enjoyed a DIY picnic, including strawberries and chocolate cakes. After all of this hard work in the sun they certainly deserved an ice cream from the cafe!

See all the photo here.

Mrs Grove & Miss Mann



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Year 12 visit Winterton Dunes

On Wednesday 25th June, whilst many students were at the Royal Norfolk Show, nine Year 12 A level geography, biology and applied science students went to Winterton Dunes to collect data for their ecology investigations.

They worked well in teams collecting data on temperature, wind speed, filtration rates, soil pH, penetration and percentage biodiversity. They decided to collect data on both the yellow/foredunes and grey dunes so that they could compare them with the theoretical model.

Apart from a few spits of rain in the morning the weather was kind to us and after we had finished working hard we rewarded ourselves with an ice-cream.

Well done everyone on your great teamwork, good time management and efficient data collection. I look forward to seeing how you present and interpret these results.

The picture below shows teamwork – we had forgotten to take clipboards so we used our initiative and used the backs of the student in front to act as a base to allow us to draw our field sketches.

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