With the inauguration of a new Urban Geography trip for Key Stage 4, Year 10 are now also blessed with learning their Geography in a real-life environment, where reality meets theory, a fundamental underpinning of learning our subject.
This trip allows students to practise some of their Paper 4 Fieldwork skills in the outdoors, looking at urban patterns of residential and commercial change, population density and infrastructural use, environmental quality and social change in three separate areas of the city, chosen specifially to demonstrate the ways in which these criteria change depending on distance from the centre.
Not only did our iGCSE students brave the first changeable early spring weather (rain, sun, some more rain, bit of wind), they also showed remarkable intuition in eventually being able to do the last site largely without tuition, due to their mastering the skills previously at sites 1 and 2.
There was even time at the end before the bus arrived for a well-earned coffee and snack, before returning to school equipped with valuable fieldwork skills - and a lifelong awareness of their own urban surroundings in their home city of Warsaw. Invaluable! So yes, our classrooms are excellent learning environments; but sometimes, in Geography, you should go beyond them and meet the great outdoors!
This puts our department in a very good position; 1 trip per Key Stage!
Special thanks go to Mr Bezodis for his work in organizing this super trip for the Year 10s, and to Ms Cuskin for helping out also.
Next big trip - Iceland in May for Key Stage 3 (Year 9). Watch this geog-blog space for that!"
Head of Geography / KS3 - IB Geography / Iceland 2020 Co-ordinator / 9MS Form Tutor