Squirrel & Hedgehog Class News 14.6.24

On Monday, we visited Hill Head Beach in Fareham, Hampshire to complete Geography field work. After the long journey, we cooled off with an ice lolly! We sat near the shoreline and used our sight, hearing and touch to identify features of a beach. We learnt that Hill Head is a shingle beach. We then drew on our Geography knowledge to identify where we were, which body of water we could see and what other places were North, South, East and West of us. Next, Ms Morris put a tennis ball into the water. The waves pushed it away from her along the beach. We discussed what might happen to the pebbles and sand if they all drifted in the same direction. We learnt that this process is called longshore drift. We also learnt that the groynes prevent all of the stones from moving and help create a move even shoreline. It was then time to start our fieldwork. We were trying to find out if pebbles change size and shape as they get closer to the shoreline. We used a tape measure and marked out sections of the beach at 3m, 6m, and 12m away from the shoreline. In groups, we then used cm rules and rock guides to record the size and shape of a selection of pebbles from each area. After lunch, we made a chain and jumped in the waves! Finally, we went on a scavenger hunt to find different objects and features that could be found on the beach. This included; mussels, clam and oyster shells, driftwood, seaweed, beach huts, sailing boats and groynes. We had a fantastic time and were able to relate our Geography learning to real life.