IGCSE Geography coursework field trip

Last week the IGCSE Geography pupils (Hundred) departed for a three day fieldwork trip to Kota Tinggi and Mersing. The Geography IGCSE Course requires pupils to be able to apply the knowledge of geographical concepts and skills to real world examples, this fieldwork is vital for them to develop a ‘sense of place’ by looking at the world around them on a local, regional, and global scale.

The first stop was Kota Tinggi where the pupils collected data and samples from two sites along the river looking at river velocity, sediment size, discharge and gradient. Later, at the Teluk Penyabong Resort, the data was shared between the groups and pupils discussed their observations.

The next morning started early as the pupils made their way to a local prawn farm (aquaculture) where the managers spoke about how the farm worked and answered questions. Then it was off to explore the Sg Mawar River, viewing a tombolo and sea arch landforms, along with being treated to the stunning views. After a quick lunch and a rest, it was time for some sea kayaking.

On the last day of the trip the pupils headed to Mersing to collect more data, this time from an urban setting. They used questionnaires they had created themselves and measured building size, quantity of traffic, and land use. The Hundred pupils returned to MCM with a collection of vital data for their IGCSE Geography course and feeling grateful for the chance to conduct their own fieldwork in such a beautiful area.

“The trip was a learning experience all around. We owe the Radiant Retreats a debt of gratitude for taking the time to plan this trip and assist us in conducting our fieldwork. Not just them, but also our teachers Mr. Duncan, Mr. Hoskins, and Ms. Lyle, who put a lot of work into making our trip enjoyable and useful.”

– Mavis, Nellis and Yumi

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