April 2019

Sixth Form Geography Fieldwork

Last Monday (29th March) the Year 12 and 13 Geography groups took part in a combined fieldwork trip to York.

Fieldwork is a key component in the study of Geography as it allows students to get to grips with the subject outside the confines of their classrooms and explore themes in real-life settings.

The focus of this trip was an investigation in to the theory of Placelessness – a Human Geography term defined as the loss of a location’s uniqueness in the cultural landscape. This was explored on Coney Street in comparison to the individuality of The Shambles created by the media influences of Harry Potter.

Students spoke to staff at local businesses; carried out land-use mapping and conducted surveys on the environment and pedestrian flows to collect the necessary data for their individual fieldwork projects. 

Trip leader and Humanities Progress Leader Sarah Harris commented: ‘Our Sixth Form students enjoyed a useful and productive fieldwork experience in York. The weather was uncharacteristically on-side for this particular fieldwork trip and we enjoyed working in the historic surroundings of the city. Our students will now process the data they have collected, which will form an integral part of their studies.’