Samuel King’s GCSE science students took part in the Changing Environments Landscape Laboratory (CELL) programme from September 2010 to July 2011.
The majority of students at Samuel King’s school live in the North Pennines AONB. They all have a relationship with the landscape as the place they live, play and travel through on their way to and from school. Through the CELL programme, we hoped to develop that relationship and to share with them some of the inspirational habitats and research work in the context of a landscape laboratory. The field days have been an opportunity to study their changing landscape and discuss reasons for change now and in the future.
The programme was drawn up with the teaching staff at Samuel King’s Secondary School:
|December 14 2010||Ancient Climates - Paleoclimatology. Two laboratory sessions - Peat core analysis and interpretation of past North Pennine Climates through applied geological interpretation of rocks and fossils. Sessions led by Dr Elizabeth Picket, geologist with the North Pennines AONB Partnership and Dr Jaqui Huntley, North East Regional Science Advisor for English Heritage|
|March 17 2011||Peat depth exploration, calculation of stored carbon and vegetation analysis with Heather McCarty, Natural England staff at Moor House National Nature Reserve, Upper Teesdale.|
|April 5 2011||Collection of river invertebrate community data and water chemistry on the Garrigill Burn near Alston. This data set gave Dr Ceri Gibson of the Tyne Rivers Trust her data set for April 2011, part of an ongoing study on the Garrigill burn a tributary of the South Tyne River.|
|May 5 2011||The students had the opportunity to study two rural businesses, a grouse moor and upland hill farm, in respect of economic, environmental and social inputs and out puts. The students worked with Head Keeper, Stuart Maughn of the Whitfield Estate and Mr Graham of West Foreshield farm, nr Alston.|
|June 9 2011||Hay meadow plant survey at a restored hay meadow, Burnlaw Farm, with Garry Villers-Stewart and North Pennines AONB Partnership Hay Time field botanist, Ruth Starr-Keddle. A comparison was made with a hay field , The Hospital field, adjacent to the school. This is an ongoing study by the students of Samuel King's of The Hospital field.|
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