Geography KS3

for secondary schools

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  • Geography trips for KS3 school groups

Getting to grips with fieldwork

Take learning outside the classroom and help your KS3 pupils achieve a deeper understanding of their subject through fieldwork. Our specialist field studies courses take place at one of the finest field studies locations in the UK – the Jurassic Coast.

Using practical examples and case studies, all our field studies courses are designed to meet the requirements of your curriculum and are delivered by our experienced centre teams.

IOL Field Studies Professional Practice Group

PGL is a member of the Institute for Outdoor Learning (IOL), and supports the Field Studies Professional Practice Group (PPG) – a subgroup of the IOL - whose current chair is PGL’s product support manager. The Field Studies PPG is an organisation whose members are engaged in, or have an interest in delivering field studies programmes or environmental education. Its aims are to share good practice and promote field studies and environmental education using the experience and resources at its disposal.

IOL FSPPG

Study modules

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

Human Geography - click to see module information

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.

People and their Environments - click to see module information

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.

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.

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.

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.

Physical Geography - click to see module information

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.

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.

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.

Organisms and their Environments - click to see module information

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.

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.

Locations

We have a selection of fieldwork locations near to our Field Studies centre, for which we have prepared and written course materials. Risk assessments have also been carried out to ensure the safety of your group.

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

Monday - Friday (5 days / 4 nights)

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
07.00-09.00   Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
09.00-12.00   Half day:
Geology, Rocks and Fossils
Full day:
Coastal Processes and Features
Activity:
Raft Building
Activities:
Fencing and Giant Swing
12.00-14.00   Lunch on centre Packed lunch Lunch on centre Lunch on centre
14.00-17.00   Activities:
Problem Solving and Aeroball
Full day:
Coastal Processes and Features
Half day:
Settlement Investigation
Depart centre
17.00-19.00 Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner  
19.00-21.00 Evening Entertainment
Snap Shot
Evening Entertainment
Cluedo
Evening Entertainment
Campfire
Evening Entertainment
Disco
 

Monday - Wednesday (3 days / 2 nights)

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday
07.00-09.00   Breakfast Breakfast
09.00-12.00   Activities:
Jacob's Ladder and Street Surfing
Activities:
Buggy Building and Abseiling
12.00-14.00 Arrive and unpack Packed lunch Lunch on centre
14.00-17.00 Half day:
Rivers and Fluvial Systems
Half day:
Marine Zonation
Depart centre
17.00-19.00 Dinner Dinner and free time  
19.00-21.00 Evening Entertainment
Wacky Races
Evening Entertainment
Passport To The World
 

Wednesday - Friday (3 days / 2 nights)

  Wednesday Thursday Friday
07.00-09.00   Breakfast Breakfast
09.00-12.00   Full day:
Sand Dune Succession
Activities:
Abseiling and Beach Walk
12.00-14.00 Arrive and unpack Packed lunch Lunch on centre
14.00-17.00 Activities:
Archery and Zip Wire
Full day:
Sand Dune Succession
Depart centre
17.00-19.00 Dinner Dinner and free time  
19.00-21.00 Evening Entertainment
PGL Sports Night
Evening Entertainment
Robot Wars
 

Friday - Sunday (2 night weekend)

  Friday Saturday Sunday
07.00-09.00   Breakfast Breakfast
09.00-12.00   Half day:
Coastal Processes and Features
Half day:
Settlement Investigation
12.00-14.00   Packed lunch Packed lunch
14.00-17.00   Activities:
Giant Swing and Sensory Trail
Activities:
Low Level Ropes Course and Rifle Shooting
17.00-19.00 Dinner Dinner Dinner
19.00-21.00 Evening Entertainment
Capture the Flag
Evening Entertainment
Splash
Depart centre

Friday - Monday (3 night weekend)

  Friday Saturday Sunday Monday
07.00-09.00   Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
09.00-12.00   Full day:
Freshwater Pollution
Activity:
Raft Building
Half day:
Map Skills
12.00-14.00   Packed lunch Lunch on centre Lunch on centre
14.00-17.00   Full day:
Freshwater Pollution
Activities:
Street Surfing and Fencing
Depart centre
17.00-19.00 Dinner and free time Dinner and free time Dinner and free time  
19.00-21.00 Evening Entertainment
Campfire
Evening Entertainment
Robot Wars
Evening Entertainment
Disco
 

Learning outcomes

Our field studies courses are curriculum-linked in order to meet the needs of your KS3 geography group and your required learning outcomes. Your students gain an understanding of certain geographical principles by visiting select locations and getting hands-on experience. Evidence of fieldwork carried out 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, South Devon

Barton Hall, South Devon

A great location near Torquay.

Bawdsey Manor, Suffolk

Bawdsey Manor, Suffolk

On the coast near Woodbridge.

Beam House, North Devon

Beam House, North Devon

Near Bideford and Westward Ho!

Boreatton Park, Shropshire

Boreatton Park, Shropshire

In 250 acres near Shrewsbury.

Caythorpe Court, Lincolnshire

Caythorpe Court, Lincolnshire

Ten miles north of Grantham.

Dalguise, Perthshire

Dalguise, Perthshire

Five miles north of Dunkeld.

Liddington, Wiltshire

Liddington, Wiltshire

Minutes from the M4, near Swindon.

Little Canada, Isle of Wight

Little Canada, Isle of Wight

Set on the banks of Wootton Creek.

Marchants Hill, Surrey

Marchants Hill, Surrey

Near Hindhead, close to London.

Osmington Bay, Dorset

Osmington Bay, Dorset

On the Jurassic coast near Weymouth.

Pestalozzi, East Sussex

Pestalozzi, East Sussex

NEW! Opening May 2020!
Six miles north of Hastings.

Tregoyd House, Brecon Beacons

Tregoyd House, Brecon Beacons

Near Brecon in the Black Mountains.

Windmill Hill, East Sussex

Windmill Hill, East Sussex

On the Sussex Downs near Brighton.

Winmarleigh Hall, Lancashire

Winmarleigh Hall, Lancashire

Set in 50 acres near Preston.

Revision Weekends

Revision Weekends

Revision the PGL way. Take your group away for a weekend of revision combined with activity breaks keeping them motivated, focussed & engaged.

2020 just £89+VAT per person!