October 2019

Geography students kept busy with fieldwork and flood work

It has been a busy few weeks for Withernsea High School’s Geography department.

Hot on the heels of introducing 3D mapping to primary pupils and their parents at our recent Year 5 and 6 Open Evening, the team have also been busy conducting fieldwork with Year 11 and studying flood risks with Year 8.


On Tuesday 8th October, members of the Year 11 geography cohort visited Beverley’s Flemingate development where they engaged in the second of the two fieldwork assignments that form part of their three year GCSE course.

As part of their current Human Geography studies, the students were tasked with investigating the opportunities created by the multi-million pound development which occupies the site of a former chemical works. Students carried out a land-use map, categorising each unit to assess the range of opportunities available to the users of Flemingate.

The area’s total transformation from industrial to leisure use provided students with the perfect platform to develop their knowledge of urban redevelopment and planning.

The data collected during this fieldwork will be used as part of their Geography Paper 3 studies – half of which will assess what students understand about fieldwork; the processes they used to collect data and how they will use the data effectively. 

Speaking about the experience Sarah Harris, Progress Leader for Humanities, commented: ‘Fieldwork is an essential part of studying geography as it helps to bring the subject to life outside the classroom. It inspires independent learning and increases understanding of the topics being studied.

The students were a real credit to our school and I was delighted to receive multiple compliments from business owners and members of the public who praised their excellent manners and professional attitude.

For many students, this was the first time they had stopped a stranger in the street to ask questions and they were pleasantly surprised by people’s willingness to help.

Well done, Year 11!’

Over the coming weeks, the students will continue to write up and process their findings as part of their continuing preparation for the exams in summer.

ABOVE: Students took to the streets of Beverley's Flemingate development to collect data for use in their GCSE exam.

BELOW: Among the many people they spoke to was former Withernsea High School staff member Sandra Williams, who was only too pleased to help students from her former school.

Flood work

On Wednesday 16th October, Year 8 students benefited from an assembly and follow-up workshops based on the dangers of flooding and the immediate risks within our local area.

The sessions, delivered by Margaret Boyd - an Education Officer from Yorkshire Water, gave students an opportunity to investigate the potential danger to those who live close to the Humber. Students enjoyed taking part in practical investigations, which demonstrated the future risk of flooding in our area, before looking at how we can prepare ourselves and manage the risk.

Through the use of video animation, students were able to see the potential destruction rising sea levels and storm surges could have on Hull, the Humber shoreline and the East Yorkshire coast. This visualisation, featuring well-known local areas, helped students to understand the dangers in a vivid and relevant way.
The assembly and workshops came on the back of a period of study which has seen the students investigate flooding as part of their geography lessons. Students will now prepare for an assessment based on their recent learning.