On Tuesday 2nd October all year 7 pupils in Ashton Park School to part in a series of geography workshops to learn about their local area and practice fieldwork skills.
Pupils spent half the day by Ashton Court Mansion and were involved in activities such as; labelling a field sketch of the view of Bristol, measuring the wind direction using bubbles and compasses, the slope angle and area of the front lawn using clinometers and trundlewheels and some creative thinking to write a poem about the rose garden and make a plan for Ashton Court mansion in the next 50 years.
The two sessions in school provided year 7 pupils with an opportunity to explore Ordnance Survey paper maps and find places using 6 figure grid references. Pupils enjoyed using the website Digimaps for Schools which features detailed online maps. Pupils were able to compare modern and historical maps of the mansion and use the ‘measuring tool’ to work out distances between landmarks in the area.
We hope pupils enjoyed the opportunity to immerse themselves in a fieldwork investigation over a full day and learn outside of the classroom.