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SFCS - ATLAS MOUNTAINS INSPIRE GEOGRAPHERS

Kate Purchase

21 November 2018

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SFCS – ATLAS MOUNTAINS INSPIRE GEOGRAPHERS

Geography students at The Sixth Form College, Solihull travelled to Morocco to complete coursework this month.

A group of A level students spent 5 days in the High Atlas Mountains and Marrakech in Morocco. They were collecting primary data for their Independent Investigation coursework. Among the fieldwork completed, students collected data on micro-climates, carbon capture and river velocities.

While in Riad Atlas Toubkal, in the Imlil Valley, they completed their work amid the backdrop of snow-capped 4,000-metre peaks of the highest mountains in north Africa. They were supported by a Berber mountain guide, who helped the students to stow their field work equipment in the panniers of their mule.

As well as their time in the Atlas Mountains, the students spent a day in Marrakech, excited at the prospect of haggling for bargains in the world famous souks.

Curriculum Leader at the college, Karen Greaves commented: “Watching our students bartering in French with Berber and Arab stallholders as to the cost, in dirhams, of tagines and argan oil was thrilling. All the students agreed that this geographical and cultural experience was exceptional and many were considering returning to Morocco with their parents.”