- December 2016: As part of their GSCE Geography course, Year 11 students from Saint Paul’s visited the stunning Crosby beach in Merseyside.
Crosby Beach is known, not only for its beautiful views, but for Another Place, the spectacular sculptures by Antony Gormley. Another Place consists of 100 cast-iron, life-size figures spread out along three kilometres of the shore and stretching almost one kilometre out to sea.
The aim of the field trip was to collect information about this section of coastline and examine how it is being managed and protected from the effects of coastal erosion.
The students made a number of quantitative measurements where they measured the statues to assess the effects of coastal erosion and deposition. They also conducted various qualitative assessments such as designing their own questionnaires which they used to question the visitors on the beach. In addition, they produced field-sketches of two sections of the beach and labelled these to identify the effectiveness of the sea defences. This research will then be used as the basis for the students’ GCSE Geography controlled assessment.
“The students thoroughly enjoyed the field trip and had an extremely positive attitude to their research,” explained Mrs Catherine Roscoe, Geography teacher at Saint Paul’s. “The trip directly related to work which they had been taught in the class room and the group demonstrated an excellent application of their knowledge from the classroom to the real world.”
“A field trip is a fantastic opportunity for students to gain a level of understanding about Geography that textbooks or lessons alone, however good, can never equal,” commented Executive Head Teacher, Mr Tony Billings. “It’s a fantastic way to bring Geography to life.”