Geography Department News

 

London is 49% what…?

Challenge Trip to ‘London as a National Park City’ Lecture

National Parks were established 100 years ago by a Scottish Geographer called John Muir, and currently 13 exist throughout the UK, provided areas where the natural beauty, wildlife and cultures are protected.

However can a city be a national park?

This was the question posed to us at a lecture held at the Royal Festival Hall on Wednesday 21st September in which 3 of our GCSE students attended. The concept of a national park city is a recent one, and originates from a Geographer who is proposing that by making London a National Park City it would help protect the green spaces within London from future development, whilst encouraging greater partnerships and environmental concern across the city.

We heard short presentations from a variety of speakers on a range of topics ranging from how wildlife will be enhanced, how the River Thames could become clean enough to swim in to how green spaces help improve the mental health and physical health of both adults and children.

The dilemma, is how can we protect some of the 49% of the London that is green space, whilst also providing new homes, schools, hospitals and infrastructure? However with the new mayor’s approval we might soon be living within a National Park City.

Well done to Xavier Murrow, Vaughn Mulhall and Matteo Lucignano for attending.

 

Why is our country shrinking?

How do we stop it?

Or should we?

These were all questions facing and stretching the thinking of some of our Year 7s on Friday. As a reward for excellent effort and making outstanding progress over the year in Geography, at 8am on Friday morning 25 Y7s set off with Mr Lawrence, Mr Ryan, Mr Manning and Miss Odlum to the beach to experience some GCSE Geography!

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We arrived at Kingsgate Bay where pupils looked at issues of erosion and how coastal features such as bays and headlands, caves, arches and wave cut platforms are all formed before exploring the caves, rock pools, sea and sandy beach!

After a quick lunch time game of Danish Longball we ventured off again to visit the historic Roman Fort and Saxon Church at Reculver. Here the low lying sandstone geology is significantly different to the high chalk headlands and cliffs of Kingsgate Bay meaning that the area experiences high rates of erosion (around 3-4m a year).

Pupils analysed the advantages and disadvantages of the various coastal defences used at Reculver including rock armour, groynes and a sea wall. Finally we discussed and debated whether the £12m price tag was worth it, or whether the surrounding farmland should be allowed to erode and flood in order to protect other valuable areas such as Herne Bay. An ice cream later and we set off back to school.

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Well done Y7 for a fantastic day and for getting to grips with some GCSE content already!