Man and the Thames: KS4 GCSE Geography Fieldwork

GCSE students will develop their knowledge through essential fieldwork and data collection, gaining insights into the relationship between human and physical landscapes, their processes and environmental challenges. Students will also investigate geographical questions and gain competence in using maps, fieldwork and geographical skills.


Session 1

Fieldwork on the riverside involves observing physical landforms and processes of the river system (meanders, erosion, deposition, transportation, island formation and tides). An Environmental Quality Survey allows each student to subjectively measure the urban and natural landscape to understand more about the relationship between human and physical geography. Fieldwork on the foreshore includes making a field sketch of a meander, measuring and recording river materials and their processes and invertebrate sampling to assess water quality. Back on the riverside students observe either human impacts or flood protection by creating maps of the local area.

Session 2

An overview of the importance of the Thames as a resource and how past and present human use has changed and impacted on the landscape and the options for future management. Students gain fieldwork skills on the pier by collecting environmental data (depth, velocity, temperature, pH).

If time allows, students will then study either a) The biodiversity of the Thames, environmental issues and sustainable management practices or b) The causes and effects of flooding and different flood management techniques including hard and soft engineering options, followed by a discussion on the consequences of extreme weather and climate change. Student will use maps to discover which parts of London are most at risk from flooding. Both options enable students to communicate ideas and arguments and draw conclusions.




Full day programme.

Learning Objective

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