Geography residential to Holderness

Geography residential to Holderness

Twenty-three KS4 geography students spent their weekend in east Yorkshire studying geography.

Friday afternoon was spent on the Holderness coastline looking at the impacts of coastal erosion, particularly the cliff collapse at Aldbrough, one of the fastest eroding coastlines in Europe. Students looked at how humans protect the coast studying hard engineering structures (such as groynes and rip-rap) at Hornsea and Mappleton. Later, in the evening, students enjoyed their downtime at Beverley Youth Hostel (after eating a dinner prepared by Chef Hutchinson)- a beautiful converted Friary built 600 years ago. A number of students played Trivial Pursuit, amazed at how competitive Mr Singleton and Mr Jackson turned out to be (and how infuriating Nathaniel Ainsworth was with his 'Yes/No' game)

On Saturday, after an hour of revision in our makeshift classroom (a room with murals painted by the friars who lived there all those years ago), students went up to Flamborough Head. After pausing briefly to take in the view of the lighthouse and the dramatic coastline at this famous geographic landscape, students descended to the wave-cut platform and spent time exploring and learning about the formation of the caves and arches before driving down to Bridlington to buy rock and other souvenirs for their folks back home. Miss Armstrong-Lee had organised a meal out to Pizza Express in Beverley- this turned out to be a lovely evening with students and staff enjoying each other's company. Later, back at the hostel, Miss Hutchinson organised a geography quiz and this was followed by more games and Mr Jackson's card school.

On Sunday, the party went to Spurn Point, which is a spit at the southern-most end of Holderness. Here they learnt about the formation of the spit, the impact of the hard-engineering structures further north and the importance of managing the spit as a habitat for rare birds and animals. This left just a short time for a game of rounders in the sunshine (allowing Erin Longsden the satisfaction of settling a score dating back to the Llandudno trip in the summer!)

A very enjoyable weekend. The students learned a lot and had a lot of fun, and were an absolute pleasure to be with.


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