Geography Field Work

On 21st September, the Year 9 geographers used the Curriculum Enrichment Day to focus on field work skills to collect data. The aim was to investigate the sustainability of St. Albans, practise collecting data and later develop their analysis skills in class. All this will be used to support two more field trips later in the GCSE course to aid high levels in paper 3.

The students walked in small groups from school, towards Verulamium park via the town centre. They practised skills of land use maps, environmental quality surveys and a variety of traffic and people counts. The boys asked questions of the purpose of features, land use and interaction of human activities on the physical terrain.

The students were ambassadors to the school and were respectful to the general public on their travels.

We are now working with the students in classrooms to complete a write up of the day, complete land use maps and graphical data of the counts they collected. All this will give the boys an early head start in their final GCSE exams.

Please do monitor your sons write up, support in their graphical representation and pass on our praise with their attitude to learning. We look forward to carrying out further field trips again in the near future and see some pleasing results in their first assessment of the year.

Should you require any further information, please feel free to contact the Geography Department.

Mr N Woodville

Associate Assistant Headteacher

Head of Geography

Text Messaging Service

Following our successful pilot in Years 10 to 11 last week, we will be extending our text messaging service to all parents from Years 7 to 11 from next week.  Texts will be sent for being late to registration and for absence from school.  The 'late' text will be to inform you of the fact that your son was late to school so that you can discuss the importance of punctuality with him. The 'absence' text will be sent to parents who have not communicated with school regarding their son's absence asking them to contact the school to give a reason for the absence.  The aim of the texts is to communicate these two key elements to you effectively and efficiently to ensure the safety of all of our pupils.