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The whole of Year 7 and Year 8 students enjoyed a day’s fieldwork in support of their geography and history curriculum.

At the start of the week, Year 7 visited Falmouth. In the morning, they assessed how 500 years of history had shaped Pendennis castle.

They explored the castle grounds inside and out to see how events from the Spanish Armada to the Second World War have influenced the site.

The weather remained kind as we all enjoyed a picnic lunch on the picturesque castle green.
In the afternoon, we headed to Gyllyngvase beach to examine the coastal geography of this stretch of coastline and to explain the processes that shape it.

Later in the week, Year 8 ventured west to tour Levant Mine, the site of one of the worst mining disasters in Britain’s history. The site was crucial to this country’s industrial revolution
advances and includes a working original beam engine from 1840, which some volunteers at the mine had in operation.

After investigating the underground section where the mine shaft descends over 600m, the group headed off to Marazion. At the beach, students collected primary data to assess the extent of marine plastic pollution in Mount’s Bay as well as evaluating the success of the coastal management strategies in the area.

Over both days, the students from Hayle Academy were a credit to the school. The weather made the trip much more pleasant, but our students made it a success. Thanks to all the staff who were involved