Geography KS3

for secondary schools

2019 - 2 nights from £98+VAT

  • 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 two of the finest field studies locations in the UK – the Jurassic Coast and The Isle of Wight.

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.

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.
Available at: Little Canada, Osmington Bay

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.
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

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 - 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.
Available at: Little Canada, Osmington Bay

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: Osmington Bay

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 - 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.
Available at: Little Canada, 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

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: Coastal Processes and Features at Durdle Door - morning session Half day: Sand Dune 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: Marine Zonation - Local Beach ¾ day: Coastal Processes and Features at Lulworth Cove - 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

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 specific 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 the beach/surf school

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.

Hillcrest, Herefordshire

Hillcrest, Herefordshire

A cosy centre near Ross on Wye.

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.

Llwyn Filly, Brecon Beacons

Llwyn Filly, Brecon Beacons

Close to the Welsh border town of Hay-on-Wye.

Marchants Hill, Surrey

Marchants Hill, Surrey

Near Hindhead, close to London.

Osmington Bay, Dorset

Osmington Bay, Dorset

On the Jurassic coast near Weymouth.

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 not far from London.

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.

 2019 just £87+VAT per person!