On Thursday and Friday last week, all Year 11 GCSE geography classes visited the Field Study Council Centre in Epping Forest to carry out their River Field Investigation which makes up part of their GCSE.

While there, students examined how Loughton Brook, a small river that runs through Epping Forest towards Loughton before ending up in the River Roding, changes as it moves downstream. Working in small groups, the students collected primary data that allowed them to investigate how river characteristics change downstream.

As well as the River Investigation, students also looked at the characteristics and management of the ancient deciduous woodland ecosystem.

After returning, they will be analysing the data back in the classroom. The group was lucky to experience good weather on both days with the sun even coming out on Friday.

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