A group of Year 11 Geology and Geography students enjoyed a study trip to London and the Lee Valley last weekend. It was an excellent opportunity for the students to see and experience a range of aspects studied as part of their GCSE courses. Although the focus of the trip was geological, broader activities and sightseeing were incorporated. It enhanced the learning of areas of the Geology course including rock and mineral identification, deep space and time and fossils, as well as urban issues which are part of the GCSE Geography specification.
At the Lee Valley White Water Centre the group tested their balance during a stand-up paddle boarding session, and experienced an exhilarating water wipe-out ride (an inflatable assault course on the lake. On Saturday, they travelled into the centre of London where they looked at the geology of some popular London monuments before visiting the Natural History Museum to explore the wealth of galleries.
The trip was organised following last year’s successful Geography enrichment weekend, which combined focused revision with outward bounds activities, allowing the students to learn, stay motivated and have fun in the run up to their GCSE exams.