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As part of the Year 12 AS Level Geography course students visited Preston Montford, a delightful Queen Anne country house built around 1700. Formerly a private residence, it was extended and adapted for use as a Field Centre in 1957. The Centre stands in its own grounds close to the River Severn in North Shropshire.
Day 1 allowed students to develop a case study for the human environment with a trip to Acton Burnell, looking houses and service provisions. Students used fieldwork observation to research housing and service provision, and secondary data on ethnicity, age structure and employment to build up a detailed understanding of this environment and how population change has impacted on the area.
Day 2 saw overnight temperatures drop to -9.5 at the bottom of the valley and our day would involve walking to the top, a very cold day ahead was anticipated! Students carried out an investigation on changing channel characteristics with distance downstream and considered how variables interrelate. All students developed river fieldwork skills and have used different methods to collect data, in addition to observing the river landforms present at different sites along the river’s course. Data was then collated and analysed by students during classroom sessions and a variety of presentational devices including scatter graphs and statistical techniques, including Spearman’s Rank. This study was a fantastic opportunity and has explicitly prepared students for the AS Geographical Skills Paper.
The final day was the application of all this knowledge, students were in the classroom looking at exam papers and how best to use the information collected. They had the opportunity to reflect back on the two days of data collection and summarise findings. The trip provided an excellent base of knowledge for the unit 2 exam they will be taking in June, and allowed students to see some of the ideas studied in real life. A great time was had by all and a huge thank you to Preston Montford Field Study Centre for hosting us for the three days.
Nether Stowe High School DofE participants would like to thank the following companies for their donations towards our Winter fair raffle; TESCO, Lichfield Health and Fitness Centre, Nether Stowe House and Arthur Price. These prizes are greatly appreciated and we thank them for their generosity, in order to help our Bronze, Silver and Gold groups achieve their awards.