Year 10 Geography Fieldwork - Carding Mill Valley

In preparation for their Paper 3 exam accounting for 30% of the Geography GCSE, students are required to undertake a physical fieldwork study. Over the course of three days, 105 Year 10 students and 9 Year 12 students travelled up the M6 to undertake their investigation in Carding Mill Valley, Shropshire. The area is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a Site of Special Scientific Interest as it contains a number of habitats supporting wildlife and plants.

The aim of the day was to investigate Bradshaw’s Model and to prove or disprove the hypothesis that the velocity of a river increases as you go down stream.

Armed with clipboards, enthusiasm and wellies, our geographers were at the start of their investigation. The students had to collect primary data at different points in the river. This included measuring the width, depth and velocity, as well as measuring the bed load of the river. It was certainly going to be a busy day for all students involved who were under pressure to get reliable data to help them prove/disprove their hypothesis. As part of the fieldwork, students also made the gentle ascent along the river to the four-metre cascade at the picturesque Light Spout Waterfall.

On all three days, the students were exceptional. The students worked tirelessly to collect the correct information and the data required to help them with the rest of their investigation. Well done to all the Year 10 geographers. Your teachers were very proud of you and you were a credit to our school. Thank you to Mr Baker, Mr Perry, Mrs Taylor and Mrs Todd for supporting the fieldwork.

Miss Browne and Mrs Lavin
Teachers of Geography

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