see geography in action
WHAT TRIPS DOES GEOGRAPHY OFFER ?
As part of our A Level Geography course, we were provided with the opportunity to learn more about our coasts during a 4 day visit to Osmington Bay, Dorset.
The purpose of our field trip was to learn more about the ways in which coasts behave and how they change as they are impacted by humans. On our trip we visited many famous coastal sites, including Lulworth Cove, Stair Hole and Durdle Door, enabling us to see features such as stacks, arches, caves, stumps, coves and headlands up close and personal.
At each beach site we measured lots of key coastal changes, including longshore drift, beach profile and wave types and count. To do this we learnt new skills such as how to use levels and ranging poles. When making the measurements we were placed in teams, this allowed us to develop team work skills and independent learning.
For our second piece of field learning we went to Weymouth. We did this to see how housing, services and population structure have changed since the 2012 Olympic Sailing Events. Our main aim was to find out if the regeneration projects had been a success. We were all fascinated to learn about the history of Weymouth and how it has changed over time.
We also had the chance to do some sight-seeing. On day two we were able to take part in a ‘Broadchurch’ tour seeing the famous coastal sights from the hit ITV series. Overall, we all really enjoyed the opportunity to get ‘out and about’ to see a coastal system first hand and to study Geography at close quarters.
Norway – What an amazing time Barr Beacon School had exploring the wilderness of Norway.
In Easter, a group of 20 pupils travelled to the fjords of Norway. On arrival, we had the opportunity to drive through the snow-capped mountains of Norway whilst peering down into the fjords below. The scenery was epic. We stopped off on route to our luxurious fjord-side log cabins for the opportunity to walk behind the Steindalsfossen waterfall. This 50m high waterfall is one of Norway’s most famous and visited sites.
On our second day we set off full of energy on our hike along the Husedalen Trail. This was a challenging yet rewarding hike that offered us some spectacular sites. We followed the trail along the river and passed four spectacular waterfalls which cascaded from the Hardangervidda National Park. Upon reaching the top we sampled a local Norwegian broth our guides made for us. The Husedalen Trail followed the Kinso valley upstream from our fjord-side base in Kinsarvik. The trail led us from the village into the hills as the land rose up toward the Hardangervidda plateau, Europe’s largest eroded plain.
The most incredible part of the trip for many was the opportunity to don snowshoes and walk up the snow-covered mountains toward the Folgefonna glacier. The weather was snowy and cold, but this made it even more spectacular. We faced with blizzard conditions with snow and hail, making us really feel like Arctic explorers. The instructors said that they had never seen another group of school pupils take such care of each other on the mountain, and we received compliments about personal development and behaviour throughout the week. The guides snowshoe walk took us high into the mountains surrounding Folgefonna National Park offering spectacular views of the snow-covered wilderness and the fjords below.
We also had the chance to take part in rock climbing and zip wiring. First we learned how to climb ‘Via ferrata’ on a cliff face deep in the National Park. Via ferrata literally translated is “iron way”. They are routes through what may often appear to be inaccessible ground, opened up by the placing of metal rungs or footplates and protected by a continuous wire cable. Although scary at times, the pupils threw themselves into the challenge and successfully made their way to the top for the reward of the zip wire back down to the forest floor. The adrenalin–fuelled day wasn’t over though, as in the afternoon we had the fantastic opportunity to canoe the Hardangerfjord, the fourth longest fjord in the world.
To finish off our action packed adventure we took the well-earned opportunity for some rest and sightseeing in the historic city of Bergen. This included seeing Bryggen, which contains urban settlements left behind from the middle ages, its beauty fully justifying its place on UNESCO’s World Heritage site list. We also took a ride on the Floibanen Funicular Railway which took us nearly 400m above Bergan for a fantastic panoramic view of the city.
Overall the trip was a fantastic action packed adventure which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.