Fourteen lucky Higher Geography pupils went to Kindrogan Field Studies Centre on Friday 27th November to Monday 30th November 2015 for a 4 day residential field trip. The purpose of the trip was to get out of the classroom and bring Geography to life by collecting a wide range of data to prepare them for their Assignment write up – an important part of the new higher CFE course which counts for 30% of the overall course grade.
On the Friday, we arrived just after lunchtime and were quickly whisked outside to embark on our first adventure: to investigate how fast rainwater could get into the ground via a process called infiltration. This is important as it helps us to understand flooding and how to prevent it.
We travelled into Perth on the Saturday to investigate how it has changed as a settlement over the years. We used methods such as questionnaires, land-use maps, environmental quality surveys and “people-watching” (yes, that is an actual ‘method’!).
On Sunday we woke up to thick snow outside, but this didn’t dishearten us! It was putting us in the mood for Christmas! We all put on waterproof trousers to keep us dry when we were collecting information on our final topic: the biosphere.
On Monday, our tutor helped us to summarize our findings with us before we left for home.
The group had a great time and learned so much from their experience. It wasn’t all work, work, work though. There was dancing, snow balling and much hilarity over the 4 days. And some of the group tried bambi burgers for the first time, even though they were affa dear!