The autumn of 2017 was an unusually active time for natural hazards and Year 13 had mixed emotions regarding the fact that we were studying volcanoes, earthquakes, hurricanes and wildfires at the time. We were provided with a huge amount of Case Study material but also developed our skills of empathy as every week another disaster seemed to be reported. By early December when we had the opportunity to revise the tectonics section of the course in London and meet a Geography Legend at the same time we jumped at the chance.
Eight of us traveled to London to the Hodder Conference on Hazards to listen to Geography examiners and specialists in the field of volcanoes and earthquakes. We learnt much about the tectonic activity in Iceland, had a whirlwind tour of volcanoes around the world and cross referenced the physical phenomena with the effects that these hazards have on everyone, from the poorest to the richest of society.
And the Geography Legend I hear you ask? Iain Stewart, Professor of Geoscience Communication at the University of Plymouth and well known amongst our students as the presenter of many a physical geography programme. Mrs Hirst even managed a selfie!
All students found the day productive and useful in terms of synthesizing the topics we study at A Level. We even got to add in a bit of experiential human geography as we speed walked through the underground, led by Mrs Hirst, in order to get there on time. Jamie nearly spilled his coffee!
Mrs Hirst, Teacher of Geography