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Geography fieldwork in the woodland classroom

We developed our Geography fieldwork skills during our latest visit to the woodland classroom!


Starting on the school playground, we used compasses to identify magnetic north. At different points on our walk to the woodland classroom, we made observations of the human and physical features of the area. We also noted the position of the church in relation to magnetic north using aspects such as the tower as a point of reference. 


When we reached the woodland classroom, we created a map of our local area using items such as sticks and leaves to represent different features. We also tried to show the variety of different path surfaces by choosing a range of natural textures. Our challenge was to present our maps in the correct orientation!

We also used a new technique to calculate the age of a tree. We discovered that the average new growth is 2.5cm per year. Using measuring tapes, we measured the circumference of the trunk and divided this number by 2.5 to work out the age of the tree. Some of the trees in the woods are the same age as us...the oldest one that we measured is 180 years old!