Monday 9th through to Wednesday 11th of February, Year 9 geography classes were driven by coach to Weymouth in order to learn about the importance and effects of tourism on the local area; the trip included a visit to Portland and Chesil beach – one of three major shingle structures in Britain. The trip to Weymouth signified the start to the new topic on tourism.
During the trip, children learnt about the importance of the tombolo, Chesil Beach, and were educated on its formation due to the melting of glaciers. Here, the pupils were taken to the Chesil Beach visitor centre, where they were told about the history of the pebbles on Chesil Beach and where they originated. In addition, the Year 9 classes travelled to Portland, where they saw the accommodations for athletes in the 2012 London Olympic Games, and various industries that were sustained by the money invested by tourism for the Olympics.
Finally, the students arrived in Weymouth, where they were asked to fill out a survey about tourism and how – from the locals’ point of view – it benefited or detracted from the area. Here the pupils witnessed first-hand the tourist industry, by visiting souvenir shops and other businesses specific to the area. Also, each child carried a workbook to rate the utilities in the area, for example: were there a sufficient amount of bins and forms of waste disposal?
The students agreed that this trip was an important part of their tourism topic, and has informed them on the positives and negatives of not only tourism (negatives being pollution and congestion) but the legacy left behind by the Olympic Games. This trip has undoubtedly enhanced the pupils’ understanding of industries and their dependence on tourism, as well as proving to be a useful insight into the development of the landscape of Chesil Beach.
Student Reporters: Emily Stensrud & Jessica Moore, Year 9