Year 7 Geography Fieldtrip
On Monday 17 June, Year 7 pupils visited the windswept and beautiful coastal area of Walton-on-the-Naze. They were there to investigate what is happening to the beaches and cliffs. Walton-on-the-Naze is one of the most rapidly retreating coastlines in Europe and a focus for many schools’ geography investigations.
Although the weather was cloudy, mercifully the rain kept away and the children were able to successfully collect all the data they require to do their Individual Investigation – vital for CE candidates as the investigation represents up to 20% of their overall CE examination in geography.
Scholars will also benefit greatly as the work they do for this investigation acts as a discussion point at interviews for senior schools.
After a hectic morning collecting data, the children were treated to a talk from Michelle in the Naze Tower; her talk focused on the importance of the tower in drawing much needed tourist income to the area. The Naze Tower, built in 1721 by Trinity House, is one of the few remaining pre-lighthouse markers for ships in Britain. Michelle has been a major driving force behind the construction of Crag Walk – a Rip Rap Sea Wall constructed in 2011-12 specifically designed to protect the tower from falling into the sea.
After lunch, the children met Mike Todd (AKA the ‘Nazeman’) who took them for a ‘talking walk’ along the beach and cliffs. The children discovered why the Naze is so vulnerable to cliff erosion and why it is important to protect this valuable corner of Essex.