Frome College: Exploring the bay
YEAR 10 Geography students took a trip to Swanage Bay for their coursework on May 22/23.
This project counts towards to 25 per cent of the GCSE grade. We had to collect data to help us answer the main question: How effectively is longshore drift managed at Swanage Bay?
Along with this main question we had four key questions and one of our own that we had to investigate with our own method.
After what felt like a long coach journey, we arrived at Swanage Bay, greeted by a little bit of rain (although it stopped very quickly). We made our way to a hill overlooking Swanage Bay where we sat on the grass to admire the amazing view.
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However this relaxation didn't last long as we had to crack on with work. Our work started with drawing a field sketch, looking along Swanage Bay to Ballard Down. Then we split into our groups and headed down to the beach.
We had six locations in all, both groups did three each. That's when we started our experiments.
These experiments included: measuring the width of the beach, measuring the height of sand on each side of the groynes, taking photos of the cliff face and giving our own opinion on mass movement and testing the amount of longshore drift by throwing an apple into the sea and timing for five minutes to see how far it travelled.
Unfortunately this last experiment was hindered by seagulls stealing our apples from the sea and flying away with them despite our best efforts to get them back.
Next was a calm and enjoyable lunch break where we were able to take photos and have a rest. But relaxing was short lived when we had to travel right to the end of the beach for our final location.
Finishing our experiments we headed back towards the town struggling to climb over the high groynes, so instead chose to walk around them by the sea, trying not to get our feet wet from the waves. Once back at the town we had some free time to do our own investigations or for those who had worked up an appetite, get chips and ice cream.
All too soon we had to go home, loaded with data. One final walk back to the coach and to start the journey home.
All in all this was a fantastic geographical experience.
By Emma Whitley and Chloe McNivern in Year 10