Category: Fieldwork

Sixth Form Visit to Minehead – Ideas Needed

In July I am taking a combined group of IB and A Level geographers to Minehead in North Somerset for a week.

The accommodation is booked (we are staying at the youth hostel); however the rest of the programme is currently blank.

We are traveling early Monday morning from Essex and returning Friday. I am looking for stops on the way as well as ideas for the fieldwork days.

On Monday to Thursday  this week I am doing a planning and preparatory visit so am looking for any suggestions for ideas for Geographical fieldwork in that region.

I have not been to that part of the country recently but my list of places to check out so far are:

  • Looking at the coastal resort of Minehead and sea defences
  • Taunton
  • Impact of Tourism in the National Park

The International Baccalaureate Geographers need to complete a traditional fieldwork report and the A Level Geographers need to be able to answer AQA exam 4a; the rest is to expose the students to geography ‘in the field’.

I would he grateful for any suggestions of ideas for fieldwork in that locality. I will publish the plan on this blog nearer the time.

If you have a chance please give me your ideas either via twitter @gceyre or as a comment on this post!

Thank you,


IB Geography Internal Assessment Titles

Last year I moderated IB (International Baccalaureate) Geography HL Internal Assessments and I have just finished recycling / destroying last years Assessments. As an external modreator these are supposed to be retained until December in case of enquiries on results however this is the first opportunity I have had to drag them out of the back of my garage.

I thought it would be useful to compile a list of titles; one of the most useful aspects of moderating is finding out what other schools are doing. Below is a list of titles; so that they are anonymous I have removed any reference to a named town or geographical feature.

  • An investigation into strategies of coastal management at x.
  • Does River X follow the Bradshaw model?
  • Has the redevelopment of x met its aims?
  • Does the environmental quality of an area improve as the pedestrian count increase?
  • Investigation into the effectiveness of the management of visitor erosion around X.
  • Is x an urban heat island?
  • A study of the psammosere development at x.
  • Does x fit the cor and frame model?
  • An investigation of the environmental quality of four different districts in x.
  • Urban decay in x.
  • The sphere of influence of x on consumer prices for refreshments.
  • To what extent does the  TCV (Tourism Centrality Value) of an area affect the number of pedestrians there.
  • Does the main tourist attraction in an areas define the distribution of pedestrians in the central part of the city.
  • How large is the sphere of influence of X?
  • An investigation into the vegetation succession in x.
  • Gentrification in x.
  • An investigation into  beach processes at x.
  • Comparison of two beaches at x.
  • Land use in x.

In addition to giving teachers ideas for IB Internal Assessment, they may also be useful for students looking for ideas for Extended Essays or Extended Projects.

I may use some of these when planning my fieldwork week in Minehead in July.

Geography in the Wild – Dorset Fieldwork

I have just returned from a five day Geography trip to Dorset. I took a group of Lower Sixth geographers to the Townsend Centre in Swanage. We had an action packed week of fieldwork allowing the students to collect a great range of data and experience ‘geography in the wild’.

Monday – Drive from Essex to Dorset. Our afternoon was spent exploring Swanage and an introduction to the Geography of the Jurrassic coast.

Tuesday – Looking at processes on Chesil beach. We visited four different sites along the beach looking at change. This is a fantastic piece of fieldwork as it is really easy for the students to see the visible change in the beach material.

Wednesday – Visiting the town of Boscombe to look at the surf reef and the redevelopment of the sea front. This was put in contrast with the town centre of Boscombe that has not been developed at all.

Thursday – Despite the poor the weather we visited Studland and looked at the human issues surrounding the management of the dunes. We also looked at Sand Dune succession. We also walked to Old Harry.

Friday – We drove to visit Lulworth Cove and visited the Cove and Durdle Door. Following on from this we drove home back to Essex.

Visiting the Dorset coast allowed the students to see case study locations ‘in the flesh’. One student said ‘this is the first time I have got excited about geography’.

I will blog more about the trip over the next few weeks.

This was the first group that I have taken to the Townsend Centre, we had a great time and I can’t wait to go back next year!  More details about the centre can be found on their website