Last week, the Year 10s visited the local River Chess for a Geography trip.

Throughout the day, we worked on five different sites, up and downstream. We spent most of our time in the river itself and so wellies were a requirement!

We tested the velocity, depth, width and sediment size at each site, meaning we could learn how and why the characteristics of rivers change downstream. This is a key part of our GCSE syllabus, and so it was beneficial for us to go to the river so that we could collect data for our analysis for upcoming lessons.

It was a very enjoyable trip, but was made even more memorable by a surprise appearance from actor Mark Walhberg, who said hello to us all, after presumably filming in the area. It’s not every school trip you meet a famous actor!

A big thank you to the Geography department for a great day down by the river.