Classes 10 and 11 went geocaching in the school grounds. Geocaching is a digital treasure hunt that uses a GPS (Global Positioning System) device to hunt for hidden treasures or clues. We not only developed our Geography fieldwork skills, but had to work hard on our team work skills and growth mindset.
James (Class 10) thought:
"I thought it was really good because it makes everyone work together and even if you weren't the first team to find all the clues, you still had fun!"
Alannah (Class 11) said:
"I liked using the GPS devices because it shows you where to go, but you also need to use your vision and common sense to find the hidden clue. My team were the first to find all the clues and piece the map together!"
HS2 train link- a good thing?
Class 10 really enjoyed learning about the planned HS2 rail link in Geography lessons. They found out all about the plans for new super-fast trains that will link London to Manchester and Leeds. The trains will have a top speed of 250 miles an hour, cutting journey times in half. Many people support this plan, however we also heard about the many people who are against the plans as they believe it could ruin precious greenbelt land. We spent time in groups sorting out the pros and cons for the HS2 link and then wrote a letter to the government outlining our own views on the matter.
We have been busy navigating our way around the United Kingdom. We started by using atlases to find the location of major cities in the UK. We then were set the challenge to pinpoint a variety of different landmarks around the country, such as Buckingham Palace, Lands End and Edinburgh Castle. It was quite a challenge, but we all really enjoyed hunting the locations down. We learned the skill of using an index and co-ordinate points to find places quickly.