Northumberland Trip

NCFE Level 1 Photography trip to Northumberland

Pupils from Woodlands Academy have just returned from a photographic adventure to Hadrian’s Wall, 6

We travelled up to Northumberland and stayed at ‘The Sill’ which is a newly constructed Youth Hostel costing nearly fifteen million pounds. As you can imagine the accommodation was fantastic!

Once we arrived we unpacked and settled into our surroundings, which was only a five minute walk to Hadrian’s Wall! Having found our bearings, the first night was spent at the Sill enjoying home-cooked food and then heading out into the grounds of to do some light photography.

The next morning was a leisurely start before heading out onto the hills to capture the atmosphere of the rugged and beautiful landscapes of Northumberland.  The conditions were far from ideal for photographers, with bright sunshine and clear blue skies.  As we walked the wall, the conditions gradually improved with an assortment of cloud formations passing above our heads filing the huge skies that greet enthusiastic walkers and photographers to this part of the country.

website 1We spent the whole day walking and photographing the impressive scenery (as you can see from the pupils’ work shown).  This will enhance their NCFE Level 1 photography portfolio along with learning how a professional landscape photographer works in the field.

In the evening, having headed into Haltwhistle for a well-earned fish and chip supper, the pupils and staff headed for a local quarry to hopefully photograph a dramatic sunset.  Unfortunately the sunset didn’t materialise so we continued with our theme of light photography by spinning steel wool, producing some excellent and exciting photography.

Having spent a day and half exploring and photographing the amazing scenery we headed back to school early on the Wednesday morning, knowing we had fulfilled our photographic brief to capture the amazing Northumberland countryside in our own distinct style.    website 4

Photography Teacher, Laurie Reed, said, “The Photography students from Woodlands Academy continue to amaze me through their commitment, engagement and their enthusiasm towards their photography lessons and field trips. Some of the photography they produced whilst away on this residential trip is to such a high standard the photography department will be selling and promoting the pupils work. The trip encouraged independence and a sense of personal responsibility which will enhance the pupils’ classroom learning, adding opportunities pupils may not otherwise have had.”

There was a second element to the visit, “The Roman Wall”, as one of our students is studying Latin GCSE. As consolidation for the cultural element of the course, we visited two Roman forts, one at Housesteads and the other at Vindolanda.  Both presented different stories and environments, one being a later wall fort and the other being an earlier fortification pre-dating the wall.  The wealth of remains allowed our students to consolidate knowledge about fort layout and quality of building, as well as seeing the amazing Vindolanda tablets – Latin everyday messages written on wood and preserved in the ditches around the fort, until excavated.

We even managed to talk to some volunteer archaeologists, who showed us some recent findings from fresh trenches.  It was an amazing experience!

Read all about our trip in the Skegness Standard:

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