As part of their GCSE, geography students are required to undertake fieldwork. Simply put, this means they have to go out into the world and identify key geographical features. This is a brilliant way for the boys to take their learning beyond the classroom and bring their studies to life. This Year 11 cohort visited London’s Canary Wharf in four groups across four days.
All the work completed on the day is crucial both for their December examinations and their public examinations in June 2022. Therefore, it was important for them to keep their focus throughout. This was easy as the geography team planned an engaging day, including a visit to the Museum of London Docklands and a walking tour around the Millwall Dock area. Some of the students had never been to London before, so this was certainly an eye-opener! After a successful day, the four groups came back to the classroom and analysed what they had found. This meant comparing notes and working together to build a detailed case study of the area.
These fieldwork exercises are so crucial to the geography curriculum that we plan them for key stage 3 as well! Indeed, those boys will soon be completing some field studies of the local Isleworth area and the school site. It all forms part of the school’s strategy to ensure a regular supply of enrichment activities – for all students.