Isle of Wight 2015

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Once again A2 Geography students, accompanied by Head of Department Paul Turner and tutor Emma Smith, embarked on the annual four-day fieldtrip to the Isle of Wight on Tuesday 21 April. Armed with their geographical skills and knowledge (and some luggage) they departed the Big Smoke on the on the 14.30 train from Waterloo to Portsmouth Harbour arriving in Ryde on the Isle of Wight a little over two hours later, just in time for tea! (Not to mention an overview of the fieldwork plan for the coming days.)

The purpose of the trip was to gain experience of carrying out a successful geographical investigation across all of the stages involved: from the initial planning stage, via the collection of data, through to data analysis and concluding findings. We settled in to our accommodation and got a good night’s sleep before the first day’s activities. Each day involved an early start (not the easiest thing for teenagers to manage, however committed) and a packed programme of study lasting until the evening. However, there was still time for relaxation as well, in the form of pool and other games. 

Over the course of Wednesday to Friday the students carried out fieldwork investigations on river and coastal environments, as well as tourism and land use. The key was to get the maximum possible out of the three days away, and return to MPW prepared for the final A2 Geography exam. Developing geographical expertise, whilst gaining valuable social, teamwork and timekeeping skills along the way: you couldn’t ask for more!

Emma Smith

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