Field Studies 2019-12-12T19:14:34+00:00

Our Workshops

Students will be immersed in a practical, hands-on and fun day of experimentation and study while teachers can be confident of objectives and results that are fully in line with exam syllabus.  You will have the opportunity to choose 5 out of 8 experiment options for their river studies programme. 

Our 2020 and 2021 subject specific study sites will be based at Larch Hill Scout Centre, Tibradden, just off the M50, with easy access and bus parking. This superior facility has a scenic 100 seated lecture theatre and a study specific river on the estate.

2021 Leaving Certificate Geography Field Study  “Investigate the impact of two specific processes of erosion on the shaping of the landscape in a fluvial environment” 

This investigation gives the students the opportunity to compare two river sites and prove that vertical and lateral erosion have shaped different fluvial landscapes via the process of Hydraulic Action and Abrasion.

Your students will research, study and record at two sites within 200m of each other.  Teachers and students can choose up to 5 tasks from river gradient, velocity, cross sectional area, bank full width, discharge, bedload analysis, valley profile and observation sketches. Our equipment includes transect tapes and poles, calipers, pebbleometers, flowmeters, clinometers, metre sticks, gradometers, etc. Your knowledge, our experience and the comprehensive task choice are all we need to create your bespoke study.

Contact us today to chat about your bespoke Geography Field Study Investigation.

What you and your students can expect from us:

We are first & foremost an educational company

We provide a unique, practical learning environment

We focus on one specialised area of learning

Students are provided with a memorable & fun experience

Students will focus on highlighting & developing practical skills

We set out defined objectives & clear results on every programme

Students gain an understanding of the river & it’s processes

We are on hand throughout to guide them through the day

A full information pack is provided before field study

On the day…

Your day starts with an introduction to practical learning using an interactive video and virtual tutorial.

Practical understanding of your 5 experiments and equipment. Students work with their individual instructors in small groups to familiarise themselves with the equipment and experiments.

Metres from the centre there is a perfect specimen river that fulfils the curriculum criteria for this year. Students will complete their experiments and collect a full set of results.

Back at the centre we take a short lunch break before discussing and graphing results. The workshop concludes with a results driven guide on report completion.

A field study day is approximately 5 hours long, which allows most school groups to be back in time for school buses home. Branch out will provide wellingtons, clip boards and equipment for the students. To optimise the experience a teacher/ student personalised worksheet will be sent to your school before the workshop. Teachers are welcome to use our wellingtons and rain jackets, have tea/coffee & scones on arrival and take a full set of results home on a USB key.

Task revision videos are available on our youtube channel “branchout educate outdoors”

Register your interest with Branch Out and download an example itinerary for our 2019 and 2020 Larch Hill River Study.

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