Year 7 Geography Trip
Seeing geography come to life is the essential ingredient of a field trip. Sunshine helps! The year 7 trip to the Jurassic coast at the start of the summer term was a chance for the pupils to observe, experience and enjoy a range of coastal landforms, including the splendours of Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove, but the moment we stepped off the bus, the heavens opened and it felt more like February! Once at Durdle Door beach, the lull in the weather allowed the pupils to make sketches and notes, answering questions such as how and why the arch may have formed, why the beach comprised pebbles rather than sand, why the beach was wider at one end then the other and why there were ‘caves’ in the chalk cliffs at the back of the beach. We also learnt about longshore drift and the way that material is constantly being moved around our coastline.
Despite the sea being very cold, a few intrepid explorers took a dip at Man of War bay before we walked over to Lulworth Cove. Here the children saw the effect that geology can have on the shape of the coastline and how vulnerable some softer rocks are to the erosive power of water.
After a long morning in the fresh air and the odd glimpse of sunshine, the children returned back to school with a much better understanding of how our coasts are a dynamic environment, subject to a number of erosional and depositional processes, undergoing constant change.