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Year 10 jump in the river!

Our Year 10 geographers experienced two field days away at the weekend, based at Overstrand Hall near Cromer.  After arriving by minibus on Friday evening they settled into the impressive hall, ate together and prepared for the next day’s data collection in the River Glaven.  Although Saturday dawned grey and cold,  the girls plunged into the river undaunted. They collected a variety of data including velocity (using a hydroprop and a float), bedload measurements, width, depth and wetted perimeter. Using computer software they then analysed the data to see if a significant impact has been made on this river by man – and proved that it has. On Sunday we travelled into Norwich and collected data at Riverside and King Street to observe regeneration factors. The girls worked very hard until 9.00pm on both evenings: perhaps the chocolate cake and sweets helped!

Mrs Grove



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Year 10 geography trip to Kingswood

Our Year 10 geographers headed to Overstrand Hall on Friday for a weekend of practical work and data collection to enhance their GCSE studies. Watch this space for a full report but meanwhile here they are setting off in the minibus and settling in on arrival!
Mrs Grove


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Year 8 in Cromer

On a grey day yesterday our Year 8 girls went on a geography field trip to Overstrand and Cromer,  to study the sea defences and the impacts of tourism.

Everyone worked really hard – and the fish and chips were, according to the girls, one of the highlights!

Well done everyone.

Mrs Grove



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Year 10 collect city centre data

The Year 10  geographers spent last Thursday in the centre of Norwich collecting a variety of primary data for their GCSE. The lovely sunny weather brought people out in droves, creating a minor headache for pedestrian counts but excellent fodder for a questionnaire survey.

Isabel and Emily excelled at extracting the views of shoppers on Norwich’s facilities whilst Ella and Mia discovered the many delights of Chapelfield Shopping Centre. Maisie and Kelly conducted thorough land use surveys and discovered new alleyways and shops around the Back of the Inns.

Despite recording mountains of data, everyone had a fun day and hopefully the girls are now ready to tackle converting their findings into a first-rate piece of GCSE coursework. Good luck!

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Year 8 Geography Field Trip

Year 8 had a lovely sunny day for their geography field trip to Overstrand and Cromer last week. They were able to see the coastal defences working effectively as there was a very high spring tide. In Cromer, the girls looked at the land use and questioned people to see the impact of tourism on the seaside town.

Everyone enjoyed themselves, collected a massive amount of data, ate fish and chips and treated themselves to an ice cream.

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Year 9 set sail on The Broads

On Monday, Year 9 had a geography related visit to Wroxham and Hoveton.

The day began with a two-hour boat trip from Wroxham, complete with skipper and a very interesting and informative commentary.

The girls learned a lot about the diverse habitats in the Broads area, home to a huge variety of wildlife including the rare bittern and the swallowtail butterfly, unique to Norfolk. They heard how maintenance plays a vital role in ensuring the habitats are protected from reverting to woodland.

After the boat trip, the girls went into Wroxham itself and tried out some survey techniques they will be using in their GCSE studies next year: land use surveys, questionnaires and character scores.

A welcome ice-cream stop rounded things off nicely before returning to school!

Mrs Grove

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Year 10 geography trip to Wroxham

On a bright sunny morning with a cool wind the Year 10 GCSE geographers set off to Wroxham to collect data for their controlled assessment.

They carried out land use and environmental surveys, pedestrian and traffic counts as well as questionnaires and their own primary data collection. They all worked very hard and deserved their warm-up at lunch time!

This data will give them a good comparison for when they return in June.

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Groynes and gabions for Year 8 geographers

On Thursday 2nd October Year 8 visited Overstrand and Cromer for their geography field trip. It was a fabulous sunny day with blue skies and not a breath of wind. We couldn’t believe our luck!

Overstrand is protected from sea erosion by a great variety of sea defences. We drew pictures of gabions, groynes, sea walls, steel piling and revetments and learnt how they work and what their job was. We saw where the cliff had slumped down to the road, with the remains of a house, and where they had repaired the slope to make it safe.

Our next stop for the day was Cromer, just a short journey away. The girls split into groups and carried out questionnaires and a land use survey of the facilities and shops available to tourists. After a lovely lunch we walked along the promenade and pier to complete more questionnaires and collect further data on facilities for tourists.

The minibus was quiet on the way back – the seaside air had made everyone sleepy!

Mrs Grove

See more photos from the trip.

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Year 7 head into Norwich

Year 7 recently took a trip into Norwich to study the characteristics of inner city streets as part of their geography course. Whilst visiting Rupert Street and Vauxhall Street, they carried out land use surveys, pedestrian and traffic counts and questionnaires. They also practised drawing field sketches.

They were very lucky with the weather as it kept threatening to rain!

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Year 8 head to the seaside

On a very sunny day last week Year 8 visited Overstrand and Cromer. We arrived at Overstrand to study the sea defences and to see the cliff fall. With a stiff northerly breeze and high tide the waves powered towards the coastline, giving the girls a real opportunity to see how the sea defences worked. They were captivated by the waves and the spray that occasionally crashed over the promenade.

After spending time drawing and writing about the sea defences and looking at the cliff where the slump had occurred, we drove to Cromer. Here they spent time in small groups collecting data on land use type and completing questionnaires.

After a light lunch (some succumbed to Mary Janes fish and chips) we walked along the cliff top, promenade and pier to collect more data on tourist facilities. Of course it wouldn’t have been right to leave the seaside without sampling some ice cream!

Everyone enjoyed themselves and also collected plenty of valuable data for their project. See more photos from the trip.

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