August 3, 2017

Class 8 Geography trip to Macumba Beach

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‘What are the beach and wave characteristics of Macumba?’. This was the geographical question that Class 8 set out to investigate on Thursday 22nd June.

Ranging poles, clinometers, infiltrometers, quadrats, tape measures, compasses, stop watches, oranges and strips of cloth were used by the students to collect data at four locations along Macumba Beach.

After 3hours and 30 minutes, the students had filled their recording sheets with data on beach profile, vegetation cover, infiltration, wind direction, long-shore drift and wave frequency. This data will be analysed back in the classroom , preparing them for the IGCSE Paper 4 exam (Alternative to Coursework).

The students clearly had an enjoyable time practising the wide range of coastal fieldwork techniques. Despite being instructed to stay ankle deep in the water, a few individuals managed to get rather wet….the excuse……a few rogue waves! Luckily the sun was shining and clothes dried quickly!

Thanks to all the staff members (Rachel Sangala, Aline Teixeira, Michelle Guzzwell, Julia Brenchley, Amanda Motchi, Michael Francis, Claudia Vowles, Caroline (school nurse) and Leonardo (school inspector) who helped make the trip a smooth experience. Thanks also to all the students who behaved impeccably well throughout the trip!

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