Geography: Lower Sixth Pupils Investigate The Isle Of Wight


At the start of the Easter holidays, Bede’s Lower Sixth Geographers enjoyed a three-night fieldtrip to the Medina Valley Centre on the Isle of Wight. 

After a relaxing journey over to the island, with the ferry giving us the feeling of going abroad, we arrived and spent some time on some teambuilding activities.

These exercises were enjoyed by all and helped the pupils to start working effectively together – something that is vital for good data collection!


An introduction to the course followed in the evening, afh the pupils were encouraged to spend some time relaxing, using the range of facilities and games on offer at the centre.

Over the different evenings, the pupils enjoyed pool tournaments, table tennis matches, giant Jenga and Connect Four, as well as some hotly contested games of Articulate and Mafia!


As for the Geography, we had two key days of data collection where the pupils developed a range of skills that they will need for their personal investigations.

On Friday, the pupils mapped land use in Ventnor town using a GIS system on iPads. Once back at the centre, the students then amalgamated one another’s data together onto one larger map, with some fascinating results!


We also managed to complete 65 public questionnaires as a group, with the pupils asking the opinions of local people about various regeneration schemes that have occurred in the town before collating and analysing the data back in the classroom.

Saturday then saw us all spending a glorious sunny day in Freshwater Bay on the south coast of the island, learning about techniques related to Physical Geography fieldwork. 


We focused on coastal techniques in particular, as this is a key area of investigation that Bede’s pupils can use for their own investigations while taking advantage of East Sussex’s local beaches.

The pupils completed beach profiles and pebble samples, as well as investigating the quality and efficacy of coastal management techniques, before wrapping up the course with some statistical testing of the data that we had collected.


As a result of their time away, the pupils are now in a strong position to use the skills that they have learned to plan of their own independent investigations – a process they will all begin later in the Summer Term.


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