6AS geographers recently spent three days experiencing different aspects of physical geography in York and the Yorkshire Wolds. Their home for the trip was the excellent Cranedale Centre based in Kirby Grindalythe, a hamlet 25 miles north-east of York.
The pupils spent their first day in York and the excellent staff from the Environment Agency gave them a first-hand insight into the recent 2015 York floods with both the causes and effects highlighted. Management of flooding in York was also examined with specific reference to the updated Foss Barrier. Students used a transect across the city to see how small-scale hard engineering river management techniques are applied. The effectiveness of all these schemes were further investigated in the evening classroom session.
Day two was spent measuring river characteristics on a tributary of the River Derwent. Students donned wellies and waterproofs and enjoyed quickly getting into the river to measure various variables including depth, velocity and wetted perimeter. Bradshaw’s model was then tested, followed by analysis of local meanders. In the afternoon students visited a variety of sites along the River Derwent looking at how various aspects of soft engineering is used in river management.
The final day was based at Selwicks Bay on Flamborough Head. Here students encountered a wide array of erosional and weathering processes. Classic coastal features were also observed including wave cut platforms, caves, arches, stacks and stumps. Pupils also spent time examining the various aspects that influence the rate of erosion on this active and dynamic coastline. In the afternoon, pupils arrived back in Oakham just in time for the England v Italy rugby match.
Head of Geography Howard Collison said of the field trip, “The weekend was a great success and helped the pupils develop their knowledge and understanding of a variety of aspects of physical geography.”