Monday 3rd – Friday 7th February 2020 at £277 per student
This course provides an opportunity for school with low student numbers to prepare, plan and collect data for their individual Non-Exam Assessment for A Level Geography.
Staff at half the student price plus VAT.
Students will be greeted by their tutor, with a welcome talk followed by a brief tour of the centre. Allocation of wellies and waterproofs. The teaching will begin by 14.00 with transport departing for Minehead at 14.30.
Water Cycles: Nettlecombe drainage basin
After identifying a suitable enquiry question students will investigate inputs, flows, stores and outputs of water within subsystems of the
Nettlecombe Estate catchment. Students will learn about the concept of a water balance on a local scale, allowing students to relate this to
a global scale.
Fieldwork can include: Infiltration measurements, soil compaction, aspect, soil moisture (antecedent conditions), land use, discharge, throughfall
Secondary Research: Long term data sets of Nettlecombe Estate rain gauge measurements and Nettlecombe Estate discharge measurements
Field site(s): Nettlecombe Estate
Geographical Skills Workshop
Students will explore ways of presenting quantitative data and statistical analysis.
Morning and Afternoon
Place: The nature and importance of places and contrasting place investigation
Creswell (2008) defined place within geography as a ‘meaningful segment of geographical space’. Exploring the local coastal town of Minehead students will be introduced to the concept of place and its importance within geography through experiential fieldwork.
Fieldwork may include: Narratives, sound mapping, field sketching, activity mapping, rephotography, emotional mapping
Secondary research: Historical and current census data, historical photographs,
Fieldwork site(s): Minehead (20 minutes)
Geographical Skills Workshop
Using the data collected in the afternoon students will explore ways to present and analyse their qualitative data.
Carbon Cycles: Sequestration from trees on Nettlecombe Estate
The Nettlecombe estate contains a wide variety of tree species within its 223 acres of undulating park land. Following the geographical process of enquiry, students will identify fieldwork opportunities and construct methodologies for investigating carbon sequestration in different stands of tree species within Kings Wood and Park Wood. Carbon sequestration from trees can then be put into context of students own lives by exploring the wider carbon cycle e.g. using carbon calculators to put amounts of carbon into context.
Fieldwork can include: Measuring carbon content of individual trees.
Secondary Research: Nettlecombe Estate management plan, the wider carbon cycle.
Field site(s): Nettlecombe Estate – Kings Wood (20 minute walk from centre)
Afternoon and Evening
Students will be introduced to the Independent Investigation requirements and will be guided through the route to enquiry and the planning process.
Choosing an area/topic that has been visited in the week, and an interest focus from the student that links to the specification, students will begin planning their Independent Investigation*. This will include:
- Choosing an area/topic to focus on
- Creating an informed, interesting and viable enquiry question and subquestions
- Finalising a creative methodology, including sampling strategies, sample locations, number of samples, creation of recording tables, sources of secondary data
- Consideration of ethical implications of their investigation
- Consideration of risks involved when undertaking primary data collection
- Completing of the NEA proposal form.
*This session is a continuation of the prior planning work that has been completed in school. Students do not need to have a finalised question before coming to the centre however research into topic, locations and methodologies is strongly advised so that this can be continued into the
planning afternoon at the centre
Morning and Afternoon
Investigative Geography (The Independent Investigation)
Field Data Collection
During this day students will work individually or within groups, as appropriate, to collect initial primary field data. They will be supported by the FSC field teachers to review data and methods of collection as well as provide guidance on health and safety, equipment and environmental issues.
Students will have opportunity to:
- Begin data collection, reflecting on and improving the methods used.
- Observe and record phenomena and data variables according to their data design framework
- Demonstrate their practical knowledge and skill in handing data collection technologies and equipment
- Build their understanding of the concepts underlying and processes operating within the real world environment
Fieldwork site(s) will be dependent on students projects and staff availability: Nettlecombe Estate, Porlock Bay (40 mins – transport required), Watchet (15 minutes – transport requirements), Minehead (20 minutes – transport required)
An evening outdoor activity
Students have the opportunity to go on a guided nature walk/night walk. There may be the opportunity for mammal trapping and bat detecting.
Or alternatively some team games on the front lawn to unwind to celebrate finishing their data collection for their NEA.
Follow up Investigative Geography (The Independent Investigation)
Students will have an opportunity to start writing up the investigation including:
- Data presentation (including where possible use of ArcGIS)
- Data analysis (including statistics)
Course ends at 12:30
Added value of this course
- Develop personal skills
- Have fun
- Be inspired by a passion for the subject
- Build friendships