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12.10.11 Year 9 Trip to Gressenhall


Our Ref: JGA/dal 23rd September 2011

Dear Parents

Year 9 English/Geography Field Study to Gressenhall

Tuesday 11th October 2011 - All pupils in Sets 9.1E, 9.2E and 9.4E

Wednesday 12th October 2011 - All pupils in Sets 9.1W, 9.2W and 9.4W

Thursday 13th October 2011 - All pupils in Sets 9.3W and 9.3E

We are arranging a Field Study on the dates above which is to be based at and run from the Gressenhall Rural Life Museum. Please note, however, that this is not the usual visit to the Museum and the Field Study Day is an integral part of the unit on settlement and urbanisation currently being studied in geography. Special events and activities have been arranged for us throughout the day which are not normally available at the museum and there is a cost relating.

Pupils will be presented with a range of “real life” scenarios, using actors, regarding the development of land at Union Farm (part of the Rural Life Museum) for social housing. They will be asked to consider and evaluate the social, economic and environmental impacts evident in these scenarios. Pupils will identify and debate the issues arising during a “public enquiry” to formulate their own judgements on whether the land should or should not be developed, and if so, what constraints should be applied.

The Field Study provides an ideal opportunity for pupils to engage in a range of intellectual activities including speaking and listening for a purpose and an audience outside the classroom; to develop problem solving and enquiry skills; to extend their thinking skills and to be able to debate issues and make informed judgements. All of these will form the basis for follow-up level-assessed activities in both English and Geography.

We will need to ask for a parental contribution of £7.00 towards the cost of transport, museum facilities, paying actors and insurance. Please make cheques payable to Dereham Neatherd High School. The attached Parental Consent Form should be completed, signed and taken with your payment to Mrs Lovelock in the Payment Collections Area (outside Business1) during morning break any day except Wednesday AS SOON AS POSSIBLE and by Tuesday 4th October at the latest. PLEASE NOTE THAT YOUR SON/DAUGHTER WILL NOT BE ABLE TO TAKE PART IN THIS VISIT UNLESS THE PARENTAL CONSENT FORM IS COMPLETED IN FULL AND RETURNED TO MRS LOVELOCK BY THE DATE SHOWN.

Pupils will attend their usual lessons during period 1 of the field study day. They should gather at 9.45 am on the tennis courts ready for departure to return to school at 3.25 pm. School uniform should be worn, and, as Neatherd High School cannot control the weather, students should be suitably prepared with waterproofs if necessary. Pupils will also need to bring a packed lunch and a drink – no glass bottles please. Those students who currently receive free school meals will have a packed lunch provided by the canteen. Chewing gum will not be allowed and we would prefer that students do not take mobile phones, but if they do this will be entirely at their own risk and they must be turned off.

If you require any further information please contact me at the school.

Yours sincerely


J Gardner                               T Money
Head of Geography Dept.        Head of English Dept.


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