Seeing is believing

Here it is! The history of our planet, revealed in a cliff; a magnificent limestone arch eroded by the power of the sea; long-extinct creatures preserved as fossils in a rock.

This is your chance to bring all their hard work in the classroom to life in the surroundings of one of our specialist outdoor centres, located in two of the finest field studies locations in the UK.

Help your KS3 pupils towards a deeper understanding of their subject, using practical examples and case studies.

Landscapes, rivers, settlements, rocks and fossils; our KS3 Geography fieldwork sessions examine a broad range of topics that benefit enormously from being taken outside the classroom.

Every one of our field studies courses is tailored to meet your exact requirements. We provide activity sheets and data collection equipment to provide ‘evidence’ for specific projects and an evening session to summarise the day’s work if required. Some of our most popular themes are listed below, but personalisation is what we do best!

Study modules

Human Geography

A Contrasting Locality
Students investigate a locality different to their own home town. Field sketches, land use mapping, digital photos, traffic and pedestrian counts are used to investigate settlement structure and function.
Available at: Little Canada, Osmington Bay

Settlement Investigation
Students investigate the changing function of a settlement over time and the issues associated with settlements. Geographical techniques are used to formulate an image of how an area has changed over time, in terms of employment, functions and situation.
Available at: Little Canada, Osmington Bay

Tourism Investigation
Students examine the historical development of a tourist resort, using a variety of data collection techniques. Effects of recreational pressure on local employment, land use conflicts, the physical environment and traffic congestion are considered.
Available at: Little Canada, Osmington Bay

People and their Environments

Alternative Technology and Weather
Students are introduced to alternative technologies and discover how weather can be used to create power. They visit up to three different microclimates on centre and take weather measurements; at the same time different types of alternative technology are experimented with.
Available at: Little Canada, Osmington Bay

Citizenship
Students work in small teams to complete a decision-making exercise - to create a new settlement which has minimal impact on the environment. A scoring system identifies the most sustainable settlement and all decisions are discussed in detail, focussing on infrastructure and solving problems.
Available at: Little Canada, Osmington Bay

Coastal Management
Students examine the conflicts which arise from coastal erosion and the options for coastal management including the different types of coastal defences available. They then discuss how the coastal area should be managed in the future.
Available at: Little Canada, Osmington Bay

Freshwater Pollution
The level of pollution is measured using sweep samples of invertebrates at strategic places along with abiotic tests. A series of measuring sites is used for comparison and the reasons behind any variation is discussed.
Available at: Little Canada, Osmington Bay

Human Impact and Conservation
Students are tasked with redeveloping a local brownfield site or area through the eyes of characters with differing views. Students organise and present their ideas to the group using posters, discussions or role-plays.
Available at: Little Canada, Osmington Bay

Improving the Environment
Students participate in a practical project in the centre grounds, or in some cases within the wider community. They also have the opportunity to evaluate and discuss the project and its impact.
Available at: Little Canada, Osmington Bay

Local Historical Exploration
Students investigate change over time and the differences in the lives of different social classes, in terms of technology, leisure pursuits and living conditions. They do this by visiting a local site of historical interest and examining a relevant period in history.
Available at: Little Canada, Osmington Bay

Map Skills
Students investigate further the concepts of scale, grids and keys. In ‘The Great Map Extravaganza’ students use their developed skills to locate markers around a site leading them to map-related challenges.
Available at: Little Canada, Osmington Bay

Physical Geography

Coastal Processes and Features
The formation of coastal features and their evolution over time is discussed using local examples. Stacks, stumps, wave-cut platforms and caves are clearly visible at the site and if desired a beach profile can be constructed.
Available at: Little Canada, Osmington Bay

Geology and Landscapes
Students develop an understanding of the concepts of rock types, the rock cycle, weathering, erosion and the processes that have led to the formation of a local geological landmark.
Available at: Little Canada

Geology, Rocks and Fossils
Students examine sedimentary rocks formed under a range of environmental conditions and discuss the tectonic events that have shaped the landscape and fossil formation.
Available at: Little Canada, Osmington Bay

People, Rocks and Landscapes
Students are introduced to the concepts of rock types, weathering, erosion, the rock cycle and the processes which have formed a nearby geological feature. Conflicts of interest between different interest groups or users can be discussed.
Available at: Little Canada

Rivers and Fluvial Systems
This river investigation involves study of the form and function of rivers from source to mouth. Visiting a selection of sites in order, measuring meanders, floodplains and channel shape, students discuss land use, flooding and human impacts on river characteristics.
Available at: Little Canada, Osmington Bay

Organisms and their Environments

Marine Zonation
Students examine marine life on a nearby beach, collecting organisms from the splash zone and the upper and lower intertidal zones. Students then discuss how these organisms adapt and how they are affected by stress factors.
Available at: Little Canada, Osmington Bay

Plants and Salt Marsh Shingle
Students execute a line transect across the shingle, testing biotic and abiotic factors e.g. pH, infiltration rate, moisture levels, temperature and species number.
Available at: Osmington Bay

Sand Dune Succession
A transect of a sand dune system reveals trends in biotic and abiotic factors. Students investigate the human pressures on a delicate system and observe measures put in place to alleviate the impact of humans on the area.
Available at: Osmington Bay

Soils and Plants
The adaptation of plants to different environments is investigated using the range of micro habitats found on or near centre. The plants are identified and discussed in terms of their adaptations.
Available at: Little Canada, Osmington Bay

Stream Ecology
Students investigate how a river changes along its course, from source to mouth focussing on the change in invertebrate communities. The reasons for changes along the river are examined fully, including pollution levels, land use and management.
Available at: Little Canada, Osmington Bay

Woodland Ecology
A comparative investigation of coniferous and deciduous or mixed woodland is undertaken. Expected changes in diversity within physical parameters are discussed, along with the role of woodland in the nitrogen and carbon cycles.
Available at: Little Canada, Osmington Bay

World of Invertebrates
Students explore a number of habitats found on centre and collect and record the invertebrates found there. The invertebrates are identified and their classification, specific adaptations, life cycles and feeding strategies discussed.
Available at: Little Canada, Osmington Bay

Activities

The PGL Adventure Bonus
Choose from our popular on-site adventure activities such as zip wire, giant swing, trapeze, climbing or abseiling to complement your study sessions and tailor-make your course to your requirements.

Select an activity for a full description

A typical itinerary for this course

Sample programme for a 4 day KS3 Geography course
  Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 5
07.30-09.00   Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
09.00-12.00   Half day: River Study at River Wey ¾ day: Engineering Geology at Portland - morning session Half day: Psammoseral Succession at Studland
12.00-14.00   Lunch at centre Packed lunch Lunch at centre
14.00-17.00 15.30 onwards - arrive on centre, unpack and orientation Half day: Fieldwork Techniques - Beach Profiling ¾ day: Engineering Geology at Portland - afternoon session

Activity: Zip Wire
Depart centre after lunch
17.00-19.00 Dinner Dinner Dinner  
19.00-21.00 Evening Entertainment
Photo Challenge
Evening Entertainment
Capture the Flag
Evening Entertainment
Robot Wars
 

Learning outcomes

You call the shots! Our field studies courses are closely linked to your curriculum needs and we tailor our courses to meet your requirements for your KS3 geography group and the outcomes you are looking for.

Your pupils gain an understanding of certain geographical principles by visiting locations and getting hands-on experience.

Evidence of fieldwork done at PGL can be taken back to school to form the basis of further study.

Personal and team challenges for groups that choose to include some adventure sessions, greatly enhance the overall experience, breaking up study periods with activities. They allow students to consider wider issues such as their approach to challenges, learning styles and relationships within the group.

Barton Hall

Barton Hall

A great location near Torquay and popular with groups of all ages. There are many blue flag beaches close by and Dartmoor is also within easy reach.

Beam House

Beam House

Near Bideford in north Devon, the surf school at Westward Ho! is close by and there are plenty of land-based activities in the centre grounds.

Boreatton Park

Boreatton Park

There are over 250 acres for you and your students to enjoy, as well as some great accommodation options and excellent facilities.

Caythorpe Court

Caythorpe Court

A fantastic countryside setting boasting 65 acres of grounds, packed full of adventure activities for your students to try out.

Dalguise

Dalguise

Located just five miles north of Dunkeld, there’s plenty to explore in and around this stunning centre, set in the heart of the Scottish Highlands.

Hillcrest

Hillcrest

A cosy welcome awaits you at this former fishing lodge near the River Wye. The small size and homely atmosphere is perfect for younger students.

Liddington

Liddington

Minutes from the M4, near Swindon, the convenient location makes it one of our most popular centres. There are some great facilities too.

Little Canada

Little Canada

A fantastic choice for watersports lovers. Set on the banks of the beautiful Wootton Creek, we have private access to the water.

Llwyn Filly

Llwyn Filly

Close to the Welsh border town of Hay-on-Wye and situated on the edge of the stunning Brecon Beacons, giving immediate access to the mountains.

Marchants Hill

Marchants Hill

Conveniently close to London but in a countryside setting, there’s plenty of adventure in the wooded grounds and beyond for your students to discover.

Osmington Bay

Osmington Bay

There’s direct access to the beach, thrilling watersports on the sea at the nearby Portland Bay, as well as a range of exhilarating adventure activities.

Tregoyd House

Tregoyd House

Enjoy canoeing the picturesque River Wye at this beautiful centre in the heart of the Black Mountains. There’s so much to explore, see and do.

Windmill Hill

Windmill Hill

Located in the scenic Sussex Downs, close to the coast and not far from London, it’s a popular destination for secondary school groups.

Winmarleigh Hall

Winmarleigh Hall

A beautiful Victorian mansion house set within 50 acres of grounds. It’s a popular location in the north west of England, near the forest of Bowland.