Our Geography Trip to Betws-y-Coed

Last weekend, almost all of the Form 5 Geography students went on a three day trip to Betws-y-Coed, Snowdonia National Park. Snowdonia is the highest mountain in Wales. Betws-y-Coed is a ‘honey pot’ destination and is particularly popular with bikers and walkers – so, the main income of the town comes from tourists.

This trip was a very good revision of both settlements and tourism topics in our IGCSE syllabus. It was also a very good opportunity for us, as students, to see things that we are studying, and carry out some practical investigations such as environmental surveys by ourselves – as opposed to just reading about them in books. At the end of the first day we had a practical lesson investigating the weather in the area, using Stevenson screen data and other instruments like ground thermometers and a rain gauge.

Except for the first day, each morning we would have an hour long lesson starting at 9:15am. We would set a task for our day and carefully produce our hypothesis of the investigation. On the second day we visited one of the coasts of Wales, Llŷn Peninsula, where Cricieth (in welsh) or Criccieth is located. This location was our case study for the last topic in our IGCSE syllabus – coasts. It was amazing to see our actual case study in real life, as we usually just learn important information about them, understand why it’s significant for our topic and don’t really have an opportunity to go there. We spent a whole day looking at coastal erosion and contrastingly, the ways the erosion is being stopped – specifically, coastal defences. At the end of day we had an hour long lesson drawing our findings into a conclusion. To do this, we plotted various graphs from the data we collected and analysed them.

The third day was mostly based in the research centre; we were revising the water cycle. Again, collecting data and carrying out experiments by ourselves was very useful, because simply knowing the theory of topics doesn’t give us the experience of what they’re like in real life. I’m certain that this experience will help us with our exams… We will be able to take ourselves back to the field and remember what we did, should an exam question come up on those topics.

We left on Monday lunch time, full of useful knowledge in our minds and also very tired from all of the work we had to carry out. But most importantly, we left happy.

If you are planning to take Geography at Concord, or are already taking it in the Lower School, don’t miss the chance to go on this Form 5 trip, as it is a wonderful experience.

Kris – F5