Flatford Mill Trip

Some pupils in Year 10 had an amazing geography residential trip to Flatford Mill (the location of the famous painting ‘The Hay Wain’ by John Constable) to take part in a research project on rivers in the beautiful Dedham Vale. We looked at the river Brett and River Stour to determine how the river system worked. We measured rainwater and surface runoff in different locations around Flatford to see what happens to the water that flows into our rivers.

We then looked at how rivers can shape our landscapes through the processes of erosion, transportation and deposition and we used the ‘Bradshaw’ method to make our predictions of the measurements. We headed out in our wellies to four different river locations to measure abrasion, attrition, corrosion as well as width and depth. A lot of fun was had by all even though it was cold and wet.