On the 27th of September a combination of the AS, A2 and IB geography groups set off on the 300 mile journey to Betws-y-coed in Snowdonia. On arrival no time was wasted, students spent the evening revising key fluvial processes and landforms.
On Saturday morning, after another lesson we all headed out into the national park laden with flow meters, ranging poles, tape measures, and I pads, to investigate downstream changes on the Nant Peris. The river levels were low this year due to a lack of rain, although this did not stop Christina falling into a bog. Five hours later we returned to the Field Studies Centre for some Lamb from the farm next door, and an evening of analysing data and Spearman’s rank tests- a Saturday night the students will never forget.
Sunday was another sunny day- and the first time I have ever seen sunshine over the Nant Ffrancon Valley. We took the students to Cwm Idwal to appreciate how glaciers shaped the landscape, clearly seeing, Cirques, Arêtes, U shaped Valleys, and a roche moutonnée with 20,000 year old striations. The students climbed to 600 feet, scrambling over lose boulders and a waterfall- the Granny Stopper, much to Alien’s horror. It was fantastic to see the students working as a team, helping each other down the steepest sections, I was proud of them all.
Monday was only a half day, investigating the impacts of tourism on the small town of Betws, and a great opportunity for the students to meet some very welsh characters. Exhausted we then clambered back onto the coach, back to Buckswood. All in all a fantastic weekend, taking my classroom out into the field- theory was very much put into practise.