Geography River Investigation Field Trip 25/10/21

On Tuesday 5th October, 82 Year 11 students journeyed to Epping Forest in Essex to conduct a river investigation based on the GCSE Geography specification. They set out by coach and navigated to their destination – an ancient woodland nestled in the rural-urban fringe.

The first session of the day was based in classrooms, where students received secondary information about Loughton Brook. This information focused on the drainage and flood characteristics of the catchment area. Armed with this data, the students then trekked to session two, where they collected primary data at the river and compared it to the secondary data they received, as well as to the Bradshaw Model. Dressed in wellington boots, they measured and examined the long and cross profile of the river’s channel while conducting a flood risk exercise at the upper, middle and lower courses. The students then returned to the classrooms where they completed their worksheets and received the opportunity to ask questions to clear up any misconceptions they had along the way. Our Year 11 cohort thoroughly enjoyed the trip, becoming true investigators by the end of the day!

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