Margam, South Wales

Day 2 - Friday

This morning we woke up to fine two deer in the middle of the centre! Not you usual morning sight. Today we focused on how to write an effective introduction, how to plan a methodology (including advantages and disadvantages of methods), and completing a risk assessment.

Today the class got to test out the method on the Nante Philip river that runs around the back of the Margam hills. As of yet, nobody has fallen in.

Day 2 Tasks

Today's tasks are courtesy of Bradley S. (Year 10)

Introduction Writing

When writing an introduction, we included things to do with the Bradshaw model, and about places in and around Margam. These places could include the Ogmore River, Port Talbolt and Bridgend. The Ogmore River is a good place to explore the key terms that we are researching; such as Velocity, Gradient and Bed load. We also needed to make sure we included a hypothesis, about what we were investigating.

Data Collection Practice

We walked up to a local river where we had our 'training' to get used to how we measure and use the equipment. For example, to measure the Velocity, we used a prop which we extended into the left and right side of the bank of the river, and also in the centre of the water flow. To get our results, on the prop, there was a small propeller which was timed to see how quickly it reached from the start to the end, and at the banks it was slower than in the middle flow of the river because the Gradient was higher at the point we measured, which caused water to flow quicker.


You use a methodology to show the methods we will use to prove our hypotheses. For example, if you're trying to prove that the river width from the source to mouth increased in width then you would not need to measure the gradient. We used our key terms in a table, and in the columns we wrote of their advantages and disadvantages, justifications, key terms and sample size.

Risk Assessment

We listed 5-8 risks and hazards and how we could avoid them. Some risks were sun stroke/burn because of the heat, drowning because of the water from the river and blisters, because of walking on dodgy surfaces. Within our risk assessment we included measures to reduce the risks so we could be as safe as possible under adult supervision.

Day 3

Friday, July 19th, 8pm

Nant-y-moel, United Kingdom

Nant-y-moel, Wales

  • Breakfast
  • Data Collection Grouping.
  • River Ogmore - Collecting data for the first 4 sites.
  • Collate and presenting data (graphs).