Students will follow the route of enquiry as they investigate elements of the carbon cycle in a specific environment. They will generate their own key questions and aims for their day, tailor methods to suit their learning, using sampling methods and identifying control measures for hazards. They will collect data in the field for calculation of carbon in the forest, including trees, leaf litter and soil. The data collected will compare sites with differing characteristics and this data can be further analysed as post course learning. The student will leave with an understanding of the techniques which can be used to measure carbon and the limitations of their fieldwork.
This course usually runs from 9.30am – 4pm, but times can be adjusted to suit your group and travel plans. During your visit you will be welcome to the centre and given an appropriate health and safety briefing. Your session will start with an introduction to the day, aims and objectives. Throughout the day we will undertake fieldwork, collecting data appropriate to the topic. We will break for lunch, before continuing with our fieldwork. Depending on the day and the specific times of your visit we may include some data presentation and analysis and we will end the day with a summary including drawing conclusions and limitations. Please note that specific activities for your group are subject to change. We go out in all weathers and seasons and will tailor the content of the day accordingly.
How this course fulfills the specification
- AQA 3.1.1 Water and carbon cycles
- Eduqas 2.1 Water and Carbon Cycles
- Edexcel Topic 6: The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security
- OCR Topic 1.2 – Earth’s Life Support Systems
Added value of this course
- Develop personal skills
- Have fun
- Be inspired by a passion for the subject
- Build friendships