Geographers explore wild Wales! - Sydenham High School

Geographers explore wild Wales!


Our A Level geographers had a fascinating trip to Wales, staying at FSC Rhyd-y-creuau, Snowdonia, to undertake fieldwork to prepare for their Non-Examined Assessment (NEA), which is worth 20% of the Geography A level.  After a smooth arrival into Bangor station the group headed straight up to Cwm Idwal. The weather was wet and wild but they were able to explore the upland relict glaciated environment before drying off in the visitors centre!

On the second day, the explorers headed out to Llanberis in sunnier weather to experience some human fieldwork techniques to investigate place, which included mood mapping and smellscapes. They then headed to Aberogwen to investigate the fluvioglacial deposits that are found by the coast, including ablation till and a varve.

With the dramatic Cwm Idwal and Nant Ffrancon Valley as their classroom, students collected data on a range of glacial features, such as a roche moutonnee, striations, erratics and moraine. Whilst they were very close to the clouds at times, they were lucky to avoid the rain!
Snowdonia National Park was a fantastic place to undertake fieldwork and the group enjoyed working alongside their peers from JAGS as they deepened their geographical knowledge.

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